Der Klassiker: Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern thrashes Dortmund 4-0

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Bayern Munich takes on Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Der Klassiker - Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund clash in the Bundesliga tonight.

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MATCH PREVIEW:

Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre says his side has “nothing to lose” as it looks to inflict more woe on crisis-hit Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Niko Kovac was sacked last Sunday as Bayern coach after a 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt, with Hansi Flick taking over as interim boss for two games.

The former Germany assistant coach oversaw a 2-0 midweek win over Olympiakos which sealed a Champions League last-16 place with two matches to spare. But Bayern sits fourth in the Bundesliga, one point behind second-placed Dortmund and four adrift of leader Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park in the German Super Cup in August, but Dortmund has unfinished business in Munich after suffering a 5-0 thrashing in April before its rivals went on to pip it to the title by two points.

“In the last five years, it has been hard to win there,” said Favre. “But, we have nothing to lose. We respect Bayern — we don’t fear them.”

Bayern has lost two of its last four league games and laboured against Olympiakos until Robert Lewandowski continued his incredible run of having scored in every Bundesliga and Champions League match this season, before Ivan Perisic netted late on.

Its 18 points from the opening ten matches is Bayern’s lowest tally since the 2010/2011 season — when Dortmund finished as champion.

Favre’s men mounted a stunning fightback from two goals down to beat Inter Milan 3-2 on Tuesday in the Champions League and claim a third straight win.

Bayern has won six and lost four of the last 10 meetings against Dortmund, whose sporting director Michael Zorc says he wants it to “play like blokes” after being repeatedly muscled off the ball in April.

Bayern has off-field distractions in its hunt for a new head coach, having turned down former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. But Zorc warned Dortmund against expecting the Bavarian giant to be off its game.

“We shouldn’t think that anything will be given away or that we’ll have it easy,” he said.

Flick said: “We’re playing at home and it’s a chance to lay down a new marker.” Thomas Mueller sees the showdown as the “most important game of the year“.

A second consecutive defeat would leave Bayern seven points adrift if Gladbach beats Werder Bremen on Sunday.

With Niklas Suele and Lucas Hernandez injured and Jerome Boateng suspended, Flick could field a makeshift back four of Javi Martinez, normally a midfielder, and regular left-back David Alaba at the heart of the defence, with winger Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard as full-backs.

Dortmund hopes England winger Jadon Sancho, who suffered a thigh injury against Inter, and captain Marco Reus, who has an ankle knock, will be fit.

Star to watch out for: Robert Lewandowski - the Bayern star has 14 goals in just 10 games this season and will be key to Bayern's fortunes against Dortmund here on Saturday.

Where to watch the game

Catch the live telecast of the game on Star Sports HD channels. Alternatively, one can also watch the game on the Hotstar app.