Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Borussia Dortmund will be looking to strengthen their grip on second place in the Bundesliga table this Saturday when they make the trip to the Esprit Arena to take on Fortuna Dusseldorf. The home side are third from bottom of the table, and desperately need points if they want to avoid being in the relegation play-off. You can find out where all the best betting value can be found in this game here. Read on to find discover who we think will win this potentially very entertaining Bundesliga clash.
Uwe Rosler’s Fortuna side have been fighting hard to hang onto their Bundesliga status since the league resumed action in May. Out of the five games that they have played since then, the Rhinelanders have lost just once – 5-0 away at Bayern Munich. They have won once too, beating Schalke 2-1 at home. Their other games have all ended in draws, though, something that suggests that they are becoming a very difficult team to beat. Rouwen Hennings is a key player for Fortuna. He scored twice last week as his team came from behind to draw 2-2 with Hoffenheim.
Lucien Favre’s Dortmund will go into this match feeling confident that they can hang onto second place in the table, even though their faint hopes of winning the title have now evaporated. BVB have won seven out of their last eight matches, with their only defeat in that run coming at the hands of champions-elect Bayern Munich. Last weekend, Emre Can;s second-half goal was sufficient for Dortmund to overcome Hertha Berlin at the Westfalenstadion. They are now seven points above fifth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach, and look almost certain to finish in the top four. They will want to erase an lingering anxiety with a win this weekend, however.
Dortmund are favourites with the bookies to win this game, and that is not surprising given the relative positions of the two teams in the league table. Recent history also suggests that BVB will emerge from Saturday’s match as winners. In the last five meetings between the sides, Dortmund have won. Earlier this season, when the two sides clashed in the reverse of this fixture in December, the Black and Yellows hammered Fortuna 5-0. If you think that a repeat of that result is on the cards this weekend, then head over to Bet365. They are offering a price of 23/1 that Dortmund can repeat that result.
In the last 13 matches between the teams, Dortmund have won eight while Fortuna have won just two. There have been three draws. There is also a pretty vast disparity in the number of goals that the two sides have scored in those 13 games. BVB have hit exactly twice as many goals in those 13 games as Fortuna, scoring 32 and conceding 16. That’s an average of 2.46 goals scored in games against Fortuna. If you think they can score four goals in this game, Bet365 are offering a price of 15/4.
Dortmund have also conceded plenty of goals this season, though, and that is one of the main reasons that they have slipped behind Bayern in the race for the title. Goalkeeper Roman Burki has kept just 13 clean sheets in 35 games this season, a record that not many of his rivals will be looking at with envy. Englishman Jadon Sancho will be a key part of their attack, however, especially with Erling Haaland and Marco Reus still out injured. Both of those players made a return to training earlier this week, though.
This will not be a simple game for BVB. Dusseldorf have now lost just once since February 15, and are just three points behind Mainz and Bundesliga safety. If they can exert some early pressure they might just inject some nervousness into the visitors’ ranks. But with no home fans cheering them on, their task is made harder.
We think that this game will be a tight, tense affair, with Fortuna working as hard as possible to frustrate Dortmund. Games are running out for the home side, and they really need a victory if they want to avoid playing off for their Bundesliga future. We suspect that both sides will end up feeling a little disappointed, come Saturday evening. Our prediction for the outcome of this game is that it will end in a low scoring draw. A 1-1 outcome looks likely to us – Bet365 are offering odds of 10/1 on that result.