DORTMUND (Sporting Alert) — Mario Gotze starts on the bench against his former club as German leaders Bayern Munich take on Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
The Germany World Cup winner is only amongst the substitutes tonight on his return to Signal Iduna Park, but another former Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski leads the attack for the visitors.
Thomas Muller will join Lewandowski in a supporting role in the attack with Juan Bernat also starting.
Philipp Lahm returns to the starting squad for Bayern Munich, who also start with Xabi Alonso and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the center of the midfield.
Manchester United and Arsenal target Mats Hummels is among the starters tonight for Borussia Dortmund, who are sitting 10th in the Bundesliga table standings.
The World Cup star will be partnered by Neven Subotic, with Marcel Schmelzer and Sokratis Papastathopoulos also playing in the back.
IIkay Gundogan, Sven Bender and Marco Reus will start in supporting roles in midfield, along with Jakub Blaszczykowski, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the attack.
Shinji Kagawa, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Matthias Ginter are all on the bench for Jurgen Klopp.
Spanish midfielder and former Barcelona playmaker Thiago is on the bench for Pep Guardiola, who starts with Mehdi Benatia, Jerome Boateng and Dante in his back three.
Bayern Munich are without the injured David Alaba, who misses out with a torn MCL that could force him out of the remainder of the season.
Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben both miss out as well for the traveling side.
While Bayern are looking seal the Bundesliga title again this season, Borussia Dortmund are hoping to move up the table standings in search of a European place.
Fans will know that when these two teams, who have won five successive German titles between them — come together, form means nothing.
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Mehdi Benatia, Jerome Boateng, Dante,. Xabi Alonso, Rafinha, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Bernat, Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski. Subs: Pepe Reina, Sebastian Rode, Mitchell Weiser, Gianluca Gaudino, Thiago, Claudio Pizarro, Mario Gotze.
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Weidenfeller, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Sven Bender, IIkay Gundogan, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Marco Reus, Kevin Kampl, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Subs: Sebastian Kehl, Shinji Kagawa 10. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Gustavo Ramos, Mitch Langerak, Matthias Ginter, Jeremy Dudziak.