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Dortmund Starting XI To Face Bayern

No Kagawa, but Bender slides into defense

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Thomas Tuchel has made a few changes to the Dortmund lineup for today's game at the Westfalenstadion against Bayern Munich.

Burki, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sven Bender and Marco Reus all come back into the lineup after the victory over Darmstadt.

There was no spot in the 18 for Shinji Kagawa. Reasons for Kagawa's absence are unknown, but it's entirely possible he just picked up a knock before the game.

Bender and Mats Hummels are charged with anchoring a Dortmund defense that will have to deal with Bayern's deadly attacking threats. Most notably Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, Arjen Robben, and Thomas Muller, who all start for the Bavarians.

This game has massive implications as to whether there will be a true title race in the Bundesliga this season. Dortmund trail Bayern by just five points with 10 games remaining. BVB can shock the world if they win here and make this a title race.