Borussia Dortmund will be looking to avoid a third consecutive Bundesliga home defeat when they host to Stuttgart on Saturday at 2:30pm.
Borussia Dortmund XI: Burki; Can, Hummels, Akanji; Morey, Bellingham, Witsel, Guerreiro; Sancho, Reus, Reyna.
Stuttgart XI: Kobel; Mavropanos, Anton, Kempf; Wamangituka, Mangala, Endo, Sosa; Forster, Coulibaly, Klimowicz.
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- US: ESPN+
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Scoreline prediction: Dortmund 2-1 Stuttgart
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Dortmund vs Stuttgart build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Three defeats and a draw in 10 games is not title-challenging form for Dortmund and they currently find themselves in fifth, four points behind habitual leaders Bayern Munich.
Dortmund are unbeaten in 11 home games against Stuttgart, but the visitors are yet to lose on their travels this season, and manager Pellegrino Matarazzo has racked up 14 points from the newly-promoted club’s first 10 games, their best tally at this stage since 2011/12.
Not since Jurgen Klopp in 2013/14 has a Dortmund manager overseen three home defeats in a row, with Lucien Favre enduring back-to-back losses, to Bayern Munich and a shock 2-1 reversal against FC Koln, with frustrations amplified by a 1-1 draw away to Frankfurt last time out.
Stuttgart will be looking to capitalise on Dortmund’s frailties at the minute and the newly-promoted club are in good form, with Matarazzo unbeaten in his first five away games as a Bundesliga coach, but can he take a leaf out of Koln’s book and mastermind a giant-killing?
- Dortmund (vs Zenit): Hitz; Piszczek, Hummels, Can; Passlack, Schulz, Bellingham, Brandt; Reus, Hazard.
- Stuttgart (vs Werder Bremen): Kobel; Mavropanos, Anton, Kempf; Endo, Wamangituka, Sosa, Mangala, Castro; Kalajdzic, Coulibaly.
Erling Haaland remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Favre also has a pretty extensive casualty list at the moment which stretches to Thomas Delaney, Thomas Meunier, Reinier Jesus and Marcel Schmelzer. Manuel Akanji and Raphael Guerreiro are doubts.
Former Dortmund midfielder Gonzalo Castro is suspended for the visitors after picking up his fifth booking of the season last time out. Stuttgart will also be unable to call upon the services of Atakan Karazor, Daniel Didavi, Nicolas Gonzalez, Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, Momo Cisse and Erik Thommy.
Player to watch: Axel Witsel (Dortmund)
The big team news ahead of this meeting is the absence of Stuttgart midfielder Gonzalo Castro, who is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards. The former Dortmund enforcer is one of only five Stuttgart players to start every Bundesliga game so far this season, so his absence will be felt in the middle of the pitch.
Favre will be wise to identify Castro’s void in Stuttgart’s midfield and unleash Witsel to dominate the ball and dictate the tempo. Without the experienced harrying of Castro, who would otherwise look to disrupt Dortmund’s rhythm and flow, Witsel will have carte blanche to hog the ball and boss proceedings.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Dortmund: DLWDW
- Stuttgart: WLDWD
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