Dortmund and Wolfsburg are the two teams sitting on the top five of the standings. BVB is on the fifth of the table while Wolfsburg is just above them. With only one point difference, their clash this weekend should be quite even. Their campaign in Bundesliga by far has been quite disappointing, especially for Dortmund. Thus, winning the game is crucially important to regain their confidence as well as to improve their position on the standings.
Dortmund’s campaign this season seems harder than they could imagine. Despite making a number of new signings such as Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt and Mats Hummels, they have not been able to consistently pick up three points in each game. Last week, they were held in a goalless draw when they visited Veltins Arena in the Rhur Derby. Marco Reus and Co were not able to dominate the game or have a clear shots on goal. However, they were quite lucky not to lose as Schalke’s strikes had only hit the woodwork several times. Yet, in the midweek fixtures, they could thump Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in DFB Pokal. Julian Brandt was the saviour with his brace.
Wolfsburg’s form this season is quite satisfactory as they have been the only unbeaten team in Bundesliga. Despite having more draw results so far, Oliver Glasner’s men can be in the Champions League zone. Yet, they must not be carried away with this, should they aim for the top tier European competition next year. In the previous match, they were hammered by Leipzig 1-6 in DFB Pokal. Moreover, in matchday 9, they also failed to win while hosting Ausgburg. Wout Weighorst and Co could not even score and only had a goalless draw.
Missing players and probable lineups:
Favre’s current squad is considered better than the one in last season, especially with the great addition of their summer signings. This former Switzerland’s national team is often in favour of the attacking 4-2-3-1 formation. However, his tactical approach seems to be anticipated already by their local contenders. Thus, he needs to come up with the back-up plan to win again and reach the top of the standings. The 4-3-3 seems a possible alternative. Unfortunately, Matts Hummels and Marco Reus are rather doubtful to be included in the line up due to their stomach virus and muscle injury.
Dortmund: Roman Burki; Julian Weigl, Raphael Guerrero, Lukasz Piszczek, Didier Akanji; Thomas Delaney, Axel Witsel, Julian Brandt; Paco Alcacer, Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard.
Oliver Glasner’s team is certainly not as versatile and talented as his contender but he seems to be able to maximise it with 3-4-2-1 formation relying on Weit Weghorst as the main scorer supported by the Croatian Josip Brekkalo. Nevertheless,some players have to be sidelined such as Admir Mehmedi, Koen Casteels and Xaver Schlager.
Wolfsburg: Pavao Pervan; Robin Knoche, John Brooks, Marcel Tisserand; William, Max Arnold, Kevin Mbabu, Josuha Guillavogui ; Josip Brekalo, Felix Klaus ; Wout Weghorst.
Dortmund seems to be dominating their head-to-head meetings with four wins and two draws in their last six encounters. Yet, Wolfsburg have been undefeated so far in Bundesliga, which should give them more boost in this upcoming game.
Lucian Favre’s men are likely to secure a three pointer, though it will not be easy. Dortmund certainly have the advantage playing at their home turf, at least with one goal difference.
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