Bayern will be looking to continue their hunt for Borussia Monchengladbach at the top of the Bundesliga table as they travel to Dusseldorf to take on Fortuna.
After a 5-1 defeat in Frankfurt spelt the end of the road for Niko Kovac in Bavaria, Die Roten have won both of their games under interim boss Hansi Flick - including a 4-0 demolition of Dortmund in Der Klassiker last time out.
Despite an indifferent start to the season under Kovac - winning just 50% of their league games under the Croatian - Bayern sit just four points off the leaders and have the potential to close that small gap prior to their visit of Borussia-Park in two weeks time.
Saturday's opponents, Fortuna, have struggled early on this season under Friedhelm Funkel after enjoying a fantastic return season to the German top-flight last time out - finishing 10th and only ten points off a Europa League spot.
While the Flingeraner have mostly lost games you'd expect them to lose to thus far, their 2-0 defeat against rock-bottom Paderborn was hugely disappointing and coming into this one, Fortuna are just two points clear of the relegation places.
Check out 90min's preview of this Bundesliga clash.
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Saturday 23 November|
|What Time is Kick Off?||14:30 (BST)|
|Where is it Played?||Merkur Spiel-Arena|
|TV Channel/Live Stream||N/A|
Funkel will be without Diego Contento (ankle), Kenan Karaman (pneumonia), and Thomas Pledl (knee) for this one while Kevin Stöger (cruciate ligament) is unlikely to start.
The visitors will be without back-up striker Jann-Fiete Arp, who has a fractured wrist, while defenders Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule are out for the long-haul with respective ankle and knee injuries.
Fellow centre-back Jerome Boateng will also miss out as the German continues to serve his suspension for the red card he picked up in Kovac's last game in charge.
These absences will likely force Flick into playing natural winger Alphonso Davies at full-back, which the American did to great effect against Dortmund, while Javi Martinez and David Alaba are set to be the makeshift centre-back pairing once more.
|Fortuna||Steffen; Zimmer, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Adams, Gießelmann; Zimmermann, Bodzek, Morales; Kownacki, Hennings |
|Bayern||Neuer; Pavard, Martinez, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Coman; Lewandowski|
Head to Head Record
Fortuna have beaten Bayern 12 times in 52 competitive meetings with the Bavarian giants, including ten wins in 48 Bundesliga games against the defending champions.
However, Die Roten have come out victorious in their last eight Bundesliga visits to the Merkur Spiel-Arena, including a 4-1 rout on Fortuna's home turf last season.
In fact, Fortuna haven't got the better of Bayern in a Bundesliga fixture since their 1-0 win in Munich back in 1991.
After a poor display saw Fortuna beaten 2-0 by Paderborn - who have mustered just four points from their 11 games this season - the Flingeraner have bounced back to record a victory over Erzgebirge in the second round of the DFB Cup before counter-attacking effectively to beat FC Koln 2-0 at home.
Their most recent outing saw a Rouwen Hennings second-half hat-trick help Fortuna come back from a goal down on three occasions to draw away at Schalke 3-3.
Meanwhile, Bayern have looked a different beast since the departure of Kovac. Despite a makeshift backline, Die Roten haven't allowed a shot-on-target in their two games with Flick at the helm.
Against Olympiacos they were dominant, mustering up 27 shots against their Greek opposition but managing to score just twice in a 2-0 win - a victory that secured their place in the Champions League knockout stages. Then in Der Klassiker against Dortmund, Bayern were at their ruthless best in front of goal - scoring four from just five shots-on-goal.
Robert Lewandowski bagged another brace, meaning the 31-year-old has scored 16 in 11 Bundesliga games coming into this one and 23 in 18 in all competitions. The Poland international is five clear of Timo Werner in the Bundesliga scoring charts, while RB Salzburg's Erling Braut Haaland is the only player who can top Bayern's talisman in the Champions League charts.
At his current pace, Lewandowski is set to eclipse the 60-goal mark this season, crushing his season-best in a Bayern shirt (43 in 2016/17).
Here's how these two sides have got on in their last five outings.
|Schalke 3-3 Fortuna (09/11)||Bayern 4-0 Dortmund (09/11)|
|Fortuna 2-0 FC Koln (03/11)||Bayern 2-0 Olympiacos (06/11)|
|Fortuna 2-1 Erzgebirge (30/10)||Frankfurt 5-1 Bayern (02/11)|
|Paderborn 2-0 Fortuna (26/10)||Bochum 1-2 Bayern (29/10)|
|Fortuna 1-0 Mainz (19/10)||Bayern 2-1 Union Berlin (26/10)|
After losing their identity under Kovac, this Bayern side have impressed in their two outings with Flick at the helm.
The mauling of Dortmund was similar to the 7-2 destruction of Spurs earlier on in the season in that Die Roten were scarily clinical in front of goal - Lewandowski's remarkable form having something to do with that.
So, with the makeshift defence of Pavard-Martinez-Alaba-Davies proving to be a stout one and the clinical nature of this Bayern side, this should be a comfortable win for the visitors as they look to close the gap on Monchengladbach at the top.
Prediction: Fortuna 1-3 Bayern