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Bundesliga fans have waited all season for Dortmund and Bayern to square off, and that will finally happen this Saturday. But no matter the result of the six-pointer, Bayern will be in a better situation than they were at the start of the week.
Having taken a record-setting 37 points from 14 games, Bayern are on pace to shatter the Bundesliga points record Dortmund set last year. Even if they lose both of their head-to-head fixtures with BVB, the Bavarians can comfortably beat the record of 81 points. With their bench as deep as it is, it's hard to see Bayern dropping many points, especially against teams other than BVB.
Juergen Klopp looked ahead to Saturday's fixture when he selected his team to face Fortuna Duesseldorf on Tuesday, giving Mario Goetze, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels the night off to regenerate and recover from slight knocks. He also took off Marco Reus early, with the score 1-0. Duesseldorf equalized, Dortmund were held and as a result fell two further points behind Bayern.
Dortmund might win Saturday's match, but the result would bring them only one point closer to Bayern than they stood at the beginning of the week. Both clubs had very winnable fixtures in midweek: Klopp gambled with a weaker side than usual and paid the price. Bayern took full advantage on Wednesday and will have less pressure to worry about heading into the weekend.
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