Bayern visits Dortmund in dress rehearsal for Champions League

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Updated: May 3, 2013

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Saturday’s clash between Bayern Munich
and Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion is usually one of the marquee
fixtures on the Bundesliga calendar.

Yet with Bayern having cliched the title already with a massive 20-gap
separating the two sides, some of the luster has been taken off the contest.

However, Saturday’s match will be a preview of the Champions League final to
be contested by the two sides on May 25 at Wembley Stadium in England.

Bayern has been nothing short of sensational this season, losing just once in
its last 40 games in all competitions and coming off of a stunning 7-0
aggregate win over Barcelona in the semifinals of the Champions League.

The Bavarians have been equally impressive in the league this season as well,
outscoring the opposition 90-14 in 31 Bundesliga games.

But Dortmund has played Bayern tough this season, losing 2-1 in the DFB Super
Cup to open the season before earning a 1-1 draw at Bayern in the league.

Dortmund lost 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal Cup in at Munich in
February, but Jurgen Klopp’s side has certainly proven to be a tough task for
Bayern.

It’s doubtful that either side will put out its best 11 considering the lack
of importance in terms of league positioning. But maybe Dortmund would like to
get a win under its belt before the two square off once more in three weeks
for the biggest prize in the European club game.

On Friday, Schalke took another step toward reaching the Champions League next
season with a 1-0 win over Monchengladbach as Julian Draxler scored the lone
goal in the 82nd minute, moving Schalke six points clear of Eintracht for
fourth place.

With the result, third-place Bayer Leverkusen sits four points above Schalke
and visits bottom-half Nurnberg on Saturday.

There will be plenty at stake for both Eintracht and Dusseldorf when the two
teams tangle at Commerzbank Arena on Saturday as Eintracht continues to chase
a place in the top four, while Dusseldorf is level with Augsburg for the
relegation playoff spot.

Augsburg visits Freiburg, a team that also has hopes of securing a place in
European competition, while second-from-the-bottom Hoffenheim travels to
Werder Bremen in an important relegation “six-pointer”.

Also in Germany this weekend, Hannover hosts Mainz, relegated Greuther Furth
visits Stuttgart and Hamburg takes on Wolfsburg in a battle of mid-table
sides.