Match Of The Week - Bayern Vs. Dortmund

This is quite obviously the game of the weekend, and the biggest game left for Borussia Dortmund as they roll on towards the Bundesliga title. FC Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund, the Rekordmeister against the current league leaders, the best home team against the best away team. The Munich Reds and the Yellow-Blacks have produced some thrilling affairs down the years. Even earlier this season, Dortmund's 2-0 victory over Bayern had a telling effect on the title race, with Dortmund racing away at the top and Bayern falling well behind their own high expectations.

The fixture will be played on Saturday, February 26, 2011 (17:30 GMT) and without doubt the match-up between two best attacking teams in the Bundesliga (both 49 goals) is likely to go a long way to determine this year's champions. Another victory for Borussia against the in-form Bavarians would increase their lead at the summit to 16 points, all but securing the title for Jurgen Klopp's side. The best attack against the best defence, this is the most eagerly-anticipated match of the season in Bundesliga. Indeed, an intriguing battle is set to unfold at the Allianz Arena as Bayern's prolific front line (18 goals since the turn of the year) faces up to Dortmund's solid defence (just three conceded in 2011).

In anticipation of the crucial showdown, we will be comparing statistics of key players in both teams to find out which team has the upper hand heading into what promises to be a memorable evening in the Bavarian capital.

Goalkeeper: Thomas Kraft vs. Roman Weidenfeller

Whether you go by experience (six to 217 Bundesliga appearances) or current form (83 to 159 minutes without conceding), Roman Weidenfeller holds the aces in every respect. The BVB shot-stopper has kept clean sheets in almost every second match (48 per cent compared to Kraft's 33 per cent) in 2010/11, a better record than any other goalkeeper in the league. Even if Bayern selected Jorg Butt between the posts, the situation would still favour the visitors: Advantage Dortmund.

Defensive Midfielder: Bastian Schweinsteiger vs. Nuri Sahin

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his first ever headed goal in the Bundesliga against Mainz last weekend. The return of 'Robbery' has enabled the Germany star to resume his favoured position in front of the back four, but his ratio of tackles won (45 per cent compared to Sahin's 51 per cent) suffered considerably during his time in a more advanced role. Dortmund's Nuri Sahin has also been the more productive in the attacking third, racking up five goals and eight assists to Schweinsteiger's three goals and five assists. Sahin has also made far more interceptions (54:28): Advantage Dortmund.

Left Midfielder: Franck Ribery vs. Kevin Großkreutz

Two players who live off their passion for the game. Ribery delivered a breathtaking performance in last week's victory over Mainz, enjoying plenty possession of the ball and winning the vast majority of his tackles. In this kind of form, Großkreutz, who himself has become an integral part of the BVB success story, doesn't come close. The Frenchman's successful dribbles (95 to 59) and crosses (63 to 16) make him far the more dangerous wide man at present: Advantage Bayern.

Right Midfielder: Arjen Robben versus Mario Götze

Ever since Robben returned to the starting line-up, Bayern have blown away all before them. The Dutchman's efficiency is unquestionable. He requires an average of just 78 minutes to be involved with a goal, compared with Götze's 144. The future may belong to the latter, but the present is firmly at the feet of Robben, whose dribbles succeed 56 per cent of the time compared to just 34 per cent with Götze: Advantage Bayern.

Striker: Mario Gomez versus Lucas Barrios

Barrios may have single-handedly won Dortmund's match against St Pauli with a goal and an assist, but the Paraguayan international is up against the Bundesliga's top scorer in the name of Gomez. With 18 league goals already this campaign, Gomez has nettted 26 times in his last 22 competitive outings. His chance conversion rate is also a class above (35 per cent to Barrios' 16 per cent), as is the time he requires between goals (82 to 173 minutes): Advantage Bayern.


Statistics compiled by Christoph Gschoßmann

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