Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
VfL Wolfsburg, currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga, welcome high-flying Borussia Dortmund to the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday. The visitors, who have a fine recent record in games against their hosts, will be looking for a win to exert more pressure on league-leaders Bayern Munich. The home side have not managed to beat Dortmund in nine meetings, so will be desperate for an improvement in fortunes that can help their push for a European place. Read on to find out where all the betting action lies in this intriguing match-up.
Oliver Glasner’s Wolfsburg side will head into this game with some confidence, having won 2-1 away at FC Augsburg in their first game of the Bundesliga resumption. The Wolves are in a battle with several teams for sixth spot in the league, and are currently eight points behind fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen. They are now on an unbeaten streak of seven matches in the Bundesliga. Their home form has not been great in the current season, though, and they have won just two of their last nine league matches at the Volkswagen Arena. Their recent record against Dortmund is very poor too, with no wins in nine matches.
Lucien Favre’s Dortmund side are the closest challengers to league-leaders Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga crown this season. They have won eight of their last nine Bundesliga games, and resumed action with a strong performance in the Revierderby against Schalke 04 last weekend, beating their local rivals 4-0. That performance emphasised how strong Borussia are at home, but they do not travel well. They have won just six of 13 league games on the road this season. They need to improve that away record quickly if they are to pip Bayern for the title.
When it comes to the recent history between these two teams, it is hard to see anything other than a Dortmund victory at the weekend. Borussia have won eight and drawn one of their last nine clashes with the Wolves, a record that should have Favre’s men feeling very confident indeed. In those games, they have scored an impressive 24 goals and conceded just three, highlighting the size of the task that faces Glasner’s Wolves this weekend.
That makes betting on Dortmund to win to nil a very good idea, in our view. Betway are offering odds of 3.30 on Favre’s team winning the game and shutting out the Wolves. Those odds look very tempting to us. BVB might not travel well, but they really seem to have a hoodoo over Wolfsburg. The Wolves have failed to score in their last six meetings with the Black and Yellows, a really significant stat. That is the kind of run that can hang very heavily on a team’s mentality. Scoring first on Saturday would be sure to hand the Wolves a real boost, especially if the goal came early in the game.
Wolfsburg will head into this game on the back of a fine away win at Augsburg, however. The Wolves left things late at the SGL Arena on Saturday, with Daniel Ginczek scoring in the first minute of injury time in the second half to clinch a 2-1 victory. The Wolves’ previous home game came back on March 7, just prior to the suspension of the league. They drew 0-0 at home with RB Leipzig in that game. Like Dortmund, though, they were beaten in their last European tie before football was suspended, losing 2-1 at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie.
Dortmund were beaten 2-0 away at Paris St Germain in the first leg of a Champions League tie before the suspension. But they were in formidable domestic form, and won 2-1 away at Borussia Monchengladbach in the last Bundesliga match before action came to a temporary halt.
Our recommended tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 9.00 on Dortmund winning the game 2-0. We predict that BVB will win by that scoreline on Saturday. Not only are the Black and Yellows pushing to put pressure on Bayern at the top of the table, but their recent history against the Wolves suggests that this game will not represent much of a hurdle. The home side will want to try and end their recent very poor run against BVB but we cannot see them managing to do it this weekend.