Borussia Dortmund will be looking to keep the pressure on Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga when they travel to face Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday at 2:30pm (UK time).
Marco Rose’s men are just one point behind Bayern after eight games having won six and lost twice, but they were rocked in the Champions League in midweek, losing 4-0 to Ajax. Arminia, meanwhile, are one of two teams in the Bundesliga still without a win, drawing five and losing three of their eight matches and sit in the relegation zone.
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Arminia Bielefeld vs Borussia Dortmund previous line-ups and team news:
- Arminia Bielefeld (vs Augsburg): Ortega; Brunner, Nilsson, Pieper; Wimmer, Prietl, Kunze, Laursen; Okugawa, Hack; Serra.
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Ajax): Kobel; Meunier, Hummels, Akanji, Schulz; Bellingham, Witsel, Brandt; Reus, Haaland, Malen.
Arminia have no concerns but Dortmund remain without a host of players including Raphael Geurreiro, Gio Reyna and Youssoufa Moukoko. Mahmoud Dahoud is a doubt.
Player to watch: Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
There’s a old-ish joke about Wayne Rooney (insert other player here) playing Scotland (insert rivals here) on his own while his England teammates had a night off, only to be disappointed that he drew 1-1 after being sent off midway through the second half. It’s a joke that could easily be attributed to Erling Haaland against Arminia this weekend.
The Norwegian has been directly involved in 12 Bundesliga goals so far this season, scoring nine and providing a further three assists. Across Europe’s top five leagues, only Karim Benzema (16) has been directly involved in more goals, with Haaland standing alone in the Bundesliga. But even more remarkable for Haaland is that his goal involvement is three times as many as Arminia have scored as a team, with the 17th-placed club managing just four goals in eight matches.
Haaland’s nine goals have come in just six appearances too, with the Norwegian missing two matches due to injury issues. Last weekend against Mainz Haaland was the difference, netting twice for the third Bundesliga game in a row and Saturday’s match against Arminia gives him the chance for history. Only Lothar Emmerich in 1967 (for Dortmund) and Tomislav Maric in 2001 (for Wolfsburg) have scored two or more goals in more consecutive Bundesliga appearances, both managing the feat in four straight matches.
But things could have been so different for Haaland if he had left in the summer, with various clubs linked to signing the Norwegian android. The latest team to confirm their interest was Chelsea, with manager Thomas Tuchel revealing conversations were had at the club about the possibility of signing Haaland in the summer.
“We talked about Erling Haaland a couple of times, including during the transfer window,” he told SportBild (via Sport Witness).
“But then it seemed absolutely unrealistic and not at all feasible. We talk about him regularly, of course, because he’s a fantastic player and clearly the defining figure at Dortmund, who is a big rival for us in the Champions League.”
Tuchel also refused to completely rule out a move for Haaland in the future, though it is not in their priority right now.
“I don’t think we’ve been really serious about it yet, but let’s see what will happen in the next few weeks,” he added.
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