Friday Nov 18, 2016. 13:46
It will be a battle of two of world football’s deadliest strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski, when Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich do battle in Der Klassiker
The Pole Lewandowski, who scored twice for his country against Romania on the weekend, has seven Bundesliga goals to his credit, while Aubameyang, who has scored 11, shares top spot in the scorer charts with Anthony Modeste.
Unlike his Bayern rival though, the African Footballer of the Year shot blanks for Gabon in a World Cup qualifier against Mali in a goalless draw on the weekend.
A fierce rivalry, dating back to the 1990's, connects Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich – one that involves classic matches and controversial transfers.
The two teams are the dominant forces in German football, and they are going head to head in the 114th
edition of Der Klassiker
For the home side, the game in the Signal Iduna Park gives them the opportunity to cut Bayern's lead at the top of the table to just three points.
The defending champions are first on 24 points, leading upstarts RB Leipzig only on goal difference.
Another team taking the league by storm, Hoffenheim, are third, two points behind the leading duo. Dortmund are currently fifth on 18 points.
In the most recent Klassiker
, Bayern were victorious in Dortmund in the DFL Supercup, lifting the trophy after a 2-0 win. They also lead the overall statistics with 58 victories, compared to Dortmund's 28.
The Bavarians go into Saturday's match on the back of an unbeaten run of four games against their rivals.
But if history favours Bayern, recent form is on Dortmund's side. In their last league outing, a rampant Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored four goals as they trounced their hapless opponents Hamburg 5-2.
Their form in the Champions League has been similarly impressive, winning back-to-back matches against Sporting Lisbon which sees them lead Group F from defending champions Real Madrid.
They have been praised by no less a player than the great Real star Cristiano Ronaldo,
"They are not only a very good team with great fans, they also have an excellent coach in Thomas Tuchel. They are as strong as Bayern Munich. The difference, however, is that the Dortmund side is much younger and therefore lacks the experience of Bayern.
“Bayern also have a bigger squad, which allows them to rotate and they can retain their strength throughout the season.”
Carlo Ancelotti's side though have drawn three of their last five league matches and were beaten by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. They are, however, unbeaten in the Bundesliga after 10 games.
Captain Philipp Lahm is looking forward to Saturday. “It is a very important game. All of Germany is looking forward to the game. The two best teams from the last few years are facing each other and players, as much as fans, look forward to the match.”
This could also be a game full of goals, as Dortmund and Bayern are the two highest scoring teams in the league this season.
Sports Channels Director of StarTimes, Myke Mwai Mugo, said the game is one not to be missed by African football fans.
“It is one of the biggest matches in the world and it is sure to be full of great players and great entertainment," he said.
The game, which will be shown live on the World Football channel of StarTimes at 17:30GMT on Saturday, is one of eight Bundesliga matches that StarTimes subscribers will be able to see this weekend.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Salmon Kalou’s fourth place Hertha Berlin travel to Bavaria to face 13th
The Vote d'Ivoire forward, who appeared 32 times for the capital-based club last season, had only featured twice before match day 10.
However, he justified his selection by scoring all three goals in the victory over Ibrahima Traore‘s Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend and should retain his position in the starting line-up.
Hertha have had an impressive start to the season, winning six of their opening 10 fixtures. In contrast, opponents Augsburg are struggling having only won one of their last five matches.
Also in action are Ghana international Abdul Rahman’s Schalke 04, who make the trip to VFL Wolfsburg, with both sides separated by just two points in the table.
Left-back Rahman, who was part of the Black Stars' 2-0 defeat to Egypt on Sunday, has made nine appearances this season since making his move from Premier League side Chelsea during the summer.
The ‘Royal Blues’ have managed to turn their season around, after losing all five of their opening Bundesliga fixtures. Since then, they have not been beaten and are on a run of three wins and two draws.