If this DFB Super-Pokal (or DFL-Supercup) were comprised of the opponents it's supposed to have, Dortmund would be playing themselves. Alas, Bayern Munich were the Bundesliga (and everything else) runners-up last season, so it's time, once again, to trot out this new / old rivalry. Last time Bayern featured in this match, in 2010, they beat Schalke 2-0. And the last time the Bavarians met up with Borussia Dortmund here in 2008, they lost 2-1.
Bayern Munich: Neuer - Lahm , Dante , Badstuber , Can - Gustavo , Kroos - Robben , Mueller , Ribery - Mandzukic
In the LIGA total! cup, Emre Can wasn't bad as a holding midfielder and Luis Gustavo wasn't bad in the left back position. "Wasn't bad" means adequate. With Schweinsteiger listed as doubtful, Heynckes has no choice but to play Goose in a holding midfield position, as Toni Kroos isn't likely to provide much on the defensive side of things. Perhaps the easier defensive solution would be to throw Lahm back on the left and play Jerome Boateng on the right, but I think Jupp has the right of it by preserving the integrity of the Lahm / Robben pairing on the right flank.
Claudio Pizzaro is back with the team after his hip injury. Diego Contento is off crutches and running. David Alaba and Mario Gomez are on crutches. And, the aforementioned Schweinsteiger may be held out of this one strictly for precautionary measures.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gundogan, Bittencourt- Blaszczykowski, Reus, Grosskreutz - Lewandowski
A shaky defensive showing in the LIGA total! cup final saw the Schwarzgelben give up three goals to eventual winners Werder Bremen. Perhaps the back four plus Weidenfeller will still be able to be exploited?
While Shinji Kagawa left for Old Trafford, Marco Reus and Julian Scheiber are more than ample replacements. Mario Goetze is back after a nasty case of pink eye had him miss most of the pre-season and should definitely feature at some point. I'm venturing a guess that Juergen Klopp Will start the young Bittencourt in the back.
Sven Bender is out for four weeks facing hernia surgery on Monday. Sebastian Kehl (knee) will also miss this match.
This is essentially another meaningless cup like the one just played. But, to beat Dortmund here would do psychological wonders for the Bayern boys. Can we manage a win without suffering another major injury? We'll find out the answer on Sunday.
Programming notes: In the United States, GolTV is showing this one, 2PM EST. While I do not like their commentary, it is nice to see a match on a full screen. I recommend watching on mute, however. Unless you like arguing with your television.
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