It’s the German Super Cup between the Bundesliga’s traditional ‘big two’ on Wednesday evening as champions Bayern Munich take on runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
This is the seventh time in the last nine seasons that these two clubs have contested the traditional curtain-raiser, played a little later this year due to logistical reasons.
Perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern had won the trophy three years in a row but suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat to Dortmund last summer, which sparked an unconvincing first half of the season in which Niko Kovac lost his job and was replaced by the all-conquering Hansi Flick.
Flick, number two to Joachim Loew as Germany won the 2014 World Cup, is aiming to continue his remarkable trophy run here, having delivered the treble for Bayern last season and getting this season started with a hard-fought extra-time victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
He can make it five out of five here, and will fancy his chances here after Bayern have dominated against their rivals in recent years - they did the double last season, while they’ve won three in a row in Bavaria, 6-0, 5-0 and 4-0 - while this one’s also to be played at the Allianz.
However, their incredible run of form came to a sudden and shocking end on Sunday as they lost 4-1 to Hoffenheim, ending an unbeaten run of 32 games in all competitions and a remarkable 23 straight victories in all competitions.
But it was also a frustrating surprise defeat for Dortmund on Saturday, prompting early doubts over their title credentials as they lost 2-0 away to Augsburg.
Paddy Power unsurprisingly back Bayern Munich with short odds of just 4/9 for the home victory here - perhaps expecting they’ll return to normal service, having recently started the new season with an 8-0 mauling of Schalke. A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 7/2 and a Dortmund win would be a shock at 4/1.
We recommend backing Robert Lewandowski to score two or more goals here, which is priced at 23/10 with Betfair Sportsbook.
The Poland international has terrorised his former club when they’ve visited the Allianz Arena in recent seasons, scoring seven goals in the last three home games against them - including two in last term’s 4-0 win.
He only appeared off the bench in Sunday’s shock defeat for Bayern so should be fresh, fit and firing for this one.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change