Bundesliga predictions: Dortmund or Bayern? Alan McInally on Der Klassiker and other Super 6 games

Der Klassiker takes place on Tuesday, with four points separating Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Who is Alan McInally backing in the Bundesliga’s main event?

A win for Bayern Munich will take them seven points clear of their opponents on Tuesday, while a win for the home side will cut the gap to just one point, with only six games remaining. Who is Alan McInally backing for success, not only in this blockbuster, but the other Super 6 Bundesliga matches across the week?

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Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich (17/1 with Sky Bet)

Borussia Dortmund, with a 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg, looked pretty good. I didn’t think Wolfsburg gave them too many problems, but the same could be said about Frankfurt, who scored twice in quick succession to make it 3-2 against Bayern. Dortmund have started with 4-0 and 2-0 wins, while Bayern hit Frankfurt for five, so there is a not a lot between them.

The away teams are coping much better in this scenario than the home teams – we saw that at the weekend. Bayer Leverkusen won at Borussia Monchengladbach, Dortmund won at Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen registered a shock victory at Freiburg, Mainz won at Leipzig and Augsburg thumped Schalke on their home turf. It does not enhance the home side at all without the fans and so that could be an advantage for Bayern – there will not be 80,000 packed inside the Signal Iduna Park.

It is either going to finish 3-3 or the odd goal will make the difference. Bayern will extend the lead to seven points with what I am predicting. It will be a great game to watch and there are some real players to watch. If Dortmund did turn them over, you could see how, with the quality of players they have. Raphael Guerreiro, Erling Haaland and Julian Brandt have all been great. Even Jadon Sancho could make his first start since the break.

But I will side with Bayern. There is more pressure on Dortmund to win here. Even if they do, they go a point behind. I think both teams have real quality right across the park, but the experienced quality lies with Bayern and I think that may make the difference.

Key Battle

I think it has to be Alphonso Davies, who will definitely be up against Achraf Hakimi and potentially even Jadon Sancho down his flank. The pace between those three is phenomenal so it will be a good one to keep your eye on. Erling Haaland will be a real problem for Bayern’s defence; Jerome Boateng and David Alaba played at the back against Frankfurt.

Benjamin Pavard likes to get forward too down the right for Bayern, but then there may be Julian Brandt or Thorgan Hazard for him to contend with down their left, so it will be interesting. In the outside areas, to get the ball into the box will be pivotal and a real key area. Bayern will keep the ball and probably have more possession Dortmund will force them to play and try to hit on the counter. Bayern will have their work cut out, and Haaland going into every game thinking he will score won’t help. He may well do that.

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Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach (10/1 with Sky Bet)

It was an unbelievable result for Werder Bremen at Freiburg, which will have given them a boatload of confidence. They will have to play even better than that here. Gladbach are a good team and I was disappointed by their performance against a team who are on their way up in the shape of Bayer Leverkusen.

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Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 Wolfsburg (12/1 with Sky Bet)

Bayer Leverkusen were brilliant against Gladbach. Kai Havertz is truly the man who is up and coming in German football. He goes and scores two against third place in the Bundesliga, and was class again. I expected it to be more difficult against Gladbach, considering they have got one of the best defences in the league. The whole team were class. Wolfsburg did not play too badly at the weekend, but they did not look like they were going to trouble Dortmund.

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RB Leipzig 2-1 Hertha Berlin (8/1 with Sky Bet)

Apart from the big one, this is by far the game I am most looking forward to. Both teams are flying with goals. Bruno Labbadia has got off to a great start, and I like his attacking style of football. A 3-0 away win at Hoffenheim was followed up with a 4-0 win in the derby against Union Berlin. They seem to go through spells where they can score a few in a matter of minutes. This will be a much tougher game for Leipzig than it was against Mainz. Timo Werner has scored two hat-tricks against Mainz this campaign, and could add to his tally again here.

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Hoffenheim 1-1 Cologne (13/2 with Sky Bet)

Hoffenheim have been so bad. A draw at Paderborn is simply not good enough. Looking at the table, they are in ninth, so despite their results, they are still in a decent position. Cologne squandered a lead and then managed to salvage a point against Fortuna Dusseldorf, by scoring two goals in around three minutes. This looks like it could be too close to call.

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Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 Schalke (12/1 with Sky Bet)

I like what Uwe Rosler has done, but he will have been seething to have lost the lead like they did against Cologne. They did not manage to beat Paderborn either, but there is no way I can give Schalke another chance. David Wagner will want a response badly, but I cannot see them getting enough chances against Dusseldorf. Schalke will continue to frustrate themselves and their fans.

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Mainz 0-5 RB Leipzig: Timo Werner hat-trick reignites European charge

Timo Werner scored a hat-trick against Mainz for the second time this season as RB Leipzig reclaimed third spot in the Bundesliga with a resounding 5-0 victory at the Opel Arena on Sunday.

Werner, who scored three goals in November’s 8-0 thrashing of Mainz, set Leipzig on their way inside 11 minutes, slotting home his 22nd league goal of the season from Konrad Laimer’s brilliant cross.

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Captain Yussuf Poulsen marked his 250th appearance for the club with a towering header midway through the first half, before Marcel Sabitzer rounded off a scintillating counter to leave Leipzig in complete control before the break.

Werner applied the finishing touch to a slick team move within three minutes of the restart and, after spurning a host of chances, eventually sealed the hat-trick with a lofted finish over Mainz goalkeeper Florian Muller with the 24th goal of his impressive Bundesliga campaign.

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The treble saw Werner hit the 30-goal mark in all competitions for Leipzig this term and reignited Julian Nagelsmann’s team’s challenge for Champions League qualification with a victory that left them seven points off leaders Bayern Munich.

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Mainz: Muller (4), Bruma (4), St, Juste (4), Niakhate (5), Baku (5), Malong (5), Fernandes (5), Martin Caricol (4), Boetius (5), Quaison (5), Onisiwo (5).

Subs: Latza (5), Oztunali (5), Mateta (6), Awoniyi (6), Martins (5).

RB Leipzig: Gulacsi (7), Klostermann (7), Upamecano (7), Halstenberg (7), Laimer (7), Sabitzer (8), Nkunku (7), Kampl (8), Olmo (8), Werner (9), Poulsen (8).

Subs: Orban (5), Adams (5), Lookman (5), Wolf (5), Mukiele (6).

Man of the Match: Timo Werner

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It took just a little over 10 minutes for Leipzig to hit the front, full-back Laimer’s driving run left two Mainz defenders trailing in his wake and his inch-perfect cross was dispatched by Werner, who found the net for the first time since February.

Leipzig’s superiority yielded a second on 23 minutes, with Poulsen powering Sabitzer’s cross through the defences of Muller in the Mainz goal.

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Werner went close with a header and Poulsen blazed a gilt-edged chance over before the returning Sabitzer then got in on the act himself on 36 minutes, the midfielder opening up his body to pick out the top corner of the Mainz goal at the end of a breath-taking Leipzig counter that had seen Muller thwart Christopher Nkunku on the goal line seconds earlier.

Nkunku spurned a glorious chance at the end of the first half when he opted to shoot instead of squaring for the unmarked Werner and screwed a shot wide, but it wasn’t long before Leipzig stretched further ahead.

Within seconds of the restart, Kevin Kampl instigated a sensational one-touch attack that ended with him driving into the box and squaring for Werner, who added hi second into the unguarded net.

Werner squandered two glorious opportunities in the space of two minutes to complete his hat-trick, lashing a first-time effort from the impressive Dani Olmo’s pass wide before bundling the ball wide from six yards from Nkunku’s teasing cross.

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Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga win over Wolfsburg shows one player is rejuvenated

Borussia Dortmund continued their battle to win the Bundesliga title with a narrow 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena. And Raphael Guerreiro continued his blistering form, opening the scoring before Achraf Hakimi made the result safe. It suggests that, having struggled in the weeks before the coronavirus crisis brought football to a halt, Guerreiro is back to his best.

Dortmund’s biggest problem this season has been consistency.

There’s no denying that, on their day, they’re one of the biggest attacking forces on the planet. With players like Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus and Erling Haaland they’ve got a strike force that many can only dream of.

Last time out, Dortmund were at their blistering best.

Schalke were battered 4-0 at the Westfalenstadion, ensuring Lucien Favre’s side claim the bragging rights in the Gelsenkirchen derby.

Erling Haaland opened the scoring that afternoon, scoring his 13th goal for the club following his January arrival from Red Bull Salzburg.

There was a goal for Thorgan Hazard, too, with the Belgian irresistible on the day.

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But the star of the show for Dortmund that day was Guerreiro, who scored two impressive goals for Favre’s team.

And, on Saturday against Wolfsburg, the 26-year-old stepped up to ensure his side pick up three crucial points in the battle for the league title.

Of all the Dortmund players who have featured since the Bundesliga’s return, it is the Portugal international who has been the standout.

Before football stopped, he was struggling.

He failed to score or assist in two matches against PSG, while also failing to sparkle in matches against the likes of Werder Bremen, Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.

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That has led to calls for Favre to drop him and give him a breather – particularly with Julian Brandt mostly on the bench.

But Guerreiro has been resurgent in recent times and now appears rejuvenated, keeping Dortmund’s title hopes alive.

He’s made himself nearly undroppable at the perfect time, too.

With Jadon Sancho still feeling his way back to full fitness, there’s been an opening out wide. And Guerreiro has now surely played his way into the side for Tuesday’s epic showdown with Bayern Munich.

Whether he can blitz the current Bundesliga champions remains to be seen.

But he’s gone back to the player he can be and that will no doubt worry Hans-Dieter Flick’s side.

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Paderborn – May 31 – 5pm.

Hertha Berlin – June 6 – 5.30pm.

Dusseldorf – June 13 – 2.30pm.

Mainz – June 17 – 7.30pm.

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Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre has problem ahead of Wolfsburg clash

When the Bundesliga returned last Saturday, all eyes were on Borussia Dortmund. Lucien Favre’s side locked horns with rivals Schalke aiming to continue where they’d left off before the coronavirus crisis. And they did just that, delivering the goods in a 4-0 win. However, their results this season suggest inconsistency has been their big problem – and they’ve got to overcome that when they take to the field at the Volkswagen Arena.

When Borussia Dortmund want to, when they’re feeling in the mood and have the creative juices flowing, they’re nearly impossible to stop.

Schalke felt their wrath last week, with the Bundesliga clash seeing Favre’s side win 4-0 at the Westfalenstadion.

Erling Haaland was irresistible that afternoon and opened the scoring after just 29 minutes, converting Thorgan Hazard’s pinpoint cross.

He also played a key role in Hazard’s own goal, which came after Raphael Guerrero had found the net.

And Guerrero got his second of the afternoon before the game was up, adding gloss to a sublime Dortmund performance in the process.

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However, their big problem this season has been consistency.

There’s no denying that, on their day, Dortmund are one of the best teams on the planet. Certainly, one of the most-offensive.

But with each stunning display under Favre there’s been a banana skin round the corner, a slip-up that gives Bayern Munich more reason to dream of another Bundesliga title.

When they beat FC Koln in August 3-1, they immediately undone their hard work by slipping to a shock 3-1 defeat to Union Berlin just eight days later.

It was a similar story after they battered Bayer Leverkusen at the Westfalenstadion in September.

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After that they slipped to three consecutive 2-2 draws against Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen and SC Freiburg respectively.

They battered today’s opponents Wolfsburg when the two teams went head to head at the start of November.

However, seven days after a fine 3-0 victory, they were emphatically beaten 4-0 by Bayern at the Allianz Arena.

Since then they’ve only lost two Bundesliga matches.

But both were games they should feasibly have won – certainly given the attacking riches Favre has at his disposal.

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Hoffenheim stunned them 2-1 in Sinsheim in December shortly before the winter break, despite Dortmund being six points ahead of them in the table at the time.

And Dortmund were leading Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 with just minutes left on the clock before ultimately slipping to a 4-3 defeat.

The signs are they’ve started to turn a corner.

Dortmund have won their last five Bundesliga matches – their longest winning league run of the entire campaign so far.

But Wolfsburg will represent a potential banana skin, the sort of which they’ve slipped over before.

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Bayern Munich ahead of Barcelona and PSG in transfer race to sign Ajax star

Bayern Munich are ahead of fellow European giants Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Ajax right-back Sergino Dest, according to French football expert Julien Laurens. Dest has been a regular for Ajax this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions since making his debut last August.

The 19-year-old was born in Holland but committed his international future to the USA in October 2019 and has won three caps for the USMNT.

Laurens says both Barca and PSG are keen on signing a right-back, with Dest on their list of targets.

However, he claims Bayern are currently at the front of the queue for the teenager’s signature.

“Well we know Barcelona are looking for a right-back,” Laurens told ESPN FC.

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“The Nelson Semedo experiment hasn’t really worked out and how he’s on the market, they’re trying to sell him.

“Sergi Roberto who has mostly played at right-back is not a right-back, we know that he is a midfielder.

“They need a proper right-back and I think Dest, not just for Barcelona but for a lot of top teams, is quite high on the list for the ones looking for a right-back.

“I know that PSG, who also are looking for a right-back, have enquired, I know that Bayern Munich have also enquired and showed an interest already.

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“I would be very surprised if he was still at Ajax next season unless he decides to stay another year to keep his progress and keep improving and then leave in the following summer.

“I still think that Bayern Munich are a little bit ahead of everybody else.”

Bayern signed Alvaro Odriozola on loan from Real Madrid in January but Laurens says the Spaniard has not done enough to warrant a permanent move.

“They got Odriozola in January as a sort of experiment but because it hasn’t really worked out they want someone to fill that position or at least be in the squad,” he added.

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“They clearly want someone who can be there for the next 10 years or so and I think Dest for many reasons ticks all the boxes for a club like Bayern.

“Of course you can put forward that he doesn’t have much experience because he hasn’t played a lot of games but he had a big experience in the Champions League which is surely worth a lot of Eredivisie league matches if you want in terms of numbers.

“So I don’t think experience is an issue with him.

“He’s 19, so much energy and so much talent and still so much room for improvement that every club, and especially someone like Bayern Munich, is right to be after him.”

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Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland concern sparks contact with Celtic star’s entourage

Borussia Dortmund are interested in Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. The Bundesliga giants have set their sights on the 22-year-old amid concerns they could lose Erling Haaland to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

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Edouard is hot property after providing 27 goals and 19 assists in 45 appearances across all competitions for Celtic this season.

Premier League duo Arsenal and Newcastle are monitoring the France Under-21 international but face competition from Borussia Dortmund. The Gunners have been seduced by the Bhoys hotshot, according to Le 10 Sport, while the Magpies are drawing up targets ahead of their takeover.

The Bundesliga outfit are looking at forwards in case Haaland departs before the start of next season.

The 19-year-old target man has enjoyed an incredible start to life at Dortmund following his January switch from Red Bull Salzburg and his fine form has alerted Real Madrid.

According to Le 10 Sport, Dortmund have contacted Edouard’s entourage to touch base and register their interest.

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The Celtic hotshot is under contract until the summer of 2022 but the Scottish giants are looking to extend his deal.

Speaking in March, Neil Lennon said: “I’d love to give him new deal – I’d give him a five-year deal tomorrow.

“If there’s something in the offing then brilliant.

“Odsonne’s improving all the time. He’s a talismanic player for us – he’s been absolutely magnificent this season.

“But I think there’s more to come from him. I hope he’s doing that here with us.

“I think there’s improvement in him – he can get better. But he’s already a highly talented player.”

Lyon are also interested in Edouard amid concerns former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele could leave.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has advised Haaland to remain in the Bundesliga if he is keen to continue his development.

“He has huge potential, but still has time. I don’t want to put any pressure on him with my statements,” the Poland international said.

“If he works hard, he can become a better player and eventually reach the top level. Therefore it might be good for him if he would stay in the Bundesliga longer before taking the next step.”

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Football manager banned from Bundesliga restart for buying toothpaste

FC Augsburg head coach Heiko Herrlich will not be present for his side’s Bundesliga return against Wolfsburg on Saturday after violating coronavirus protocols.

Herrlich, who was preparing for his first game in charge, admitted to leaving the club’s hotel on Thursday, reportedly to buy toothpaste and face cream.

Herrlich will now be tested again in the next few days and will not be allowed to return to training until he receives two negative results.

The 48-year-old said on the club’s official website: “I made a mistake by leaving the hotel. Even if I have followed all hygiene measures both when leaving the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this.

‘In this situation, I was not able to act as a role model for my team and the public. I will therefore be consistent and stand by my mistake.

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Prem Rugby could impose life bans and stripping of titles in future

Premiership Rugby could impose life bans and stripping of titles if salary cap is breached again with league, RFU and players set to vote on tougher sanctions after Saracens scandal

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Premiership clubs, players and officials face the threat of heavier sanctions for future salary cap breaches, including the stripping of titles and life bans from the league, following an in-depth review of the regulations.

Saracens will be relegated at the end of this disrupted season after being docked a total of 105 points for past cap breaches which were exposed last year by Sportsmail.

The controversy prompted Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs to order an independent review of the system, by former Government Minister Lord Myners CBE, which has been published on Thursday.

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Following Sportsmail’s investigation, Saracens will be relegated at the end of this disrupted season after being docked a total of 105 points for past salary cap breaches

The review makes a series of recommendations designed to tighten the regulations and increase scrutiny, accountability and transparency, as well as strengthen the range of available punishments. The clubs, along with the RFU, the RPA – the players’ union and other stakeholders will now consider the proposals and decide whether they should be implemented.

In the section of the review covering club accountability, Lord Myners recommends higher ‘entry level’ points sanctions, harsher penalties for failure to co-operate with salary cap officials and additional ‘sporting sanctions’.

These are outlined as relegation, suspension, stripping of titles – which could not be applied to the Saracens cases – and return of prize money, which has also not been an option before.

Former Government Minister Lord Myners CBE published his findings on Thursday after conducting an independent review

The reviews suggests a greater onus on players and their agents to accept accountability for their salary and related benefits, within the cap framework. Failure to co-operate could lead to fines or ‘sporting sanctions’, which are not specified. 

However, club officials would face the threat of a two-year ban for a first offence -false declarations or a failure to co-operate – and the doomsday prospect of a lifetime Premiership ban for any subsequent offence.

Among a host of other recommendations, there are calls for all future cap breaches, disciplinary decisions and sanctions to be made public, along with guidelines relating to the regulations. There are also proposals for far greater access to club accounts and the option for PRL salary cap officials to conduct regular and detailed audits.




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Borussia Dortmund fans can prove Bundesliga resumption not ‘a mistake’, say police

The president of Dortmund’s police force has urged German football fans to show it was not a “mistake” to allow the Bundesliga to resume this weekend after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus. 

Concerns have been expressed over whether fans will congregate at Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion on Saturday as they play Schalke behind closed doors in a local derby as German football’s top two tiers resume.

“I want to say to the football fans – the police are prepared,” Dortmund police chief Gregor Lange said on Wednesday.

“And the fans have the chance to show that the decision for the restart was no mistake.”

Dortmund’s organisational director Dr. Christian Hockenjos is also confident that trouble will be avoided.

“My colleagues who are responsible for the fans told me the organised fan groups don’t want to come to the stadium,” he said.

The resumption is set to go ahead despite several players from Germany’s top two divisions testing positive for coronavirus since training resumed last month.

Three members of FC Cologne tested positive for it two weeks ago while second-tier club Dynamo Dresden placed their entire squad in quarantine after two positive tests.

Dortmund will employ additional measures – including how ball boys operate – within the stadium in any attempt to avoid any risk of transmitting the virus.

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‘Special’ Sancho backed to seal Man Utd transfer despite coronavirus fears

Owen Hargreaves believes the coronavirus crisis won’t stop Manchester United buying “special case” Jadon Sancho.

The in-demand England star will return to action for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Transfer fees are set to plunge with the economic impact of the pandemic – but former Old Trafford star Hargreaves insists his old club still has the financial muscle to invest in the 20-year-old potential future superstar.

“I think Jadon is a special case,” said the ex-England midfielder. “Whoever gets him, the fees are going to be significant but that is a player for potentially a decade.

"So he walks into any of our great teams, our Man Citys, our Liverpools, even a Barcelona or a Real Madrid if he fancies it.

"His level is that good. I think you’ll see fees come down for sure. it’s going to impact football teams as well but I think the big ones, the Bayern Munichs and the Man Uniteds, they are still going to have money to do what they want to do. Maybe not in terms of quantity, but in terms of quality.”

The Bundesliga will be the first big European league to return to action on Saturday.

BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves added: “Forget football, the whole world will be watching this weekend to see if this works because the NFL, the NBA, they are all watching to see how this goes.

"It’s not just a sporting context. They shut it down quite quickly. If this goes well, you will see people around the world try to implement this.”


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