Borussia Dortmund will be looking to get off to a winning start in 2021 but they host tough opposition in Wolfsburg on Sunday (2:30pm kick-off, UK time).
Dortmund are currently fifth in the table, two points behind the final Champions League spot which, coincidentally, Wolfsburg occupy.
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Scoreline prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Wolfsburg
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Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Although Dortmund are just two points behind fifth, 2020/21 has not been a good season for the club in the Bundesliga so far. They have already lost five times, more than any other side in the top half of the table, and are currently eight points adrift from top spot.
Their form saw Lucien Favre sacked in mid-December and while his replacement, Edin Terzic, has won two of his three games across all competitions, there is still a lot of work to be done. Sunday’s game also represents Terzic’s first home game in charge of Dortmund, where he will be looking to overturn their run of three consecutive defeats.
But their opponents this weekend are one of the four teams above them this season, and Wolfsburg have lost just one game so far in 2020/21, the joint-best record in the Bundesliga (alongside the rest of the top four). Wolfsburg’s biggest downfall so far this season has been their draws, with only Eintracht Frankfurt (eight) experiencing more stalemates than the Wolves’ six.
Four of those six draws have come away from home, where they have also won just once in the Bundesliga this term, stark contrast to their near-perfect form at the Volkswagen Arena.
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Eintracht Braunschweig): Hitz; Morey Bauza, Hummels, Zagadou, Guerreiro; Delaney, Bellingham; Sancho, Brandt, Reyna; Tigges.
- Wolfsburg (vs Sandhausen): Casteels; Baku, Bruma, Pongracic, Paulo Otavio; Gerhardt, Guilavogui; Steffen, Ginczek, Joao Victor; Weghorst.
Dortmund named a heavily-rotated XI for their trip to Braunschweig in the DFB-Pokal before Christmas and will return to full strength this weekend. However, they remain without Erling Haaland and Marcel Schmelzer through injury, while Mats Hummels is a doubt.
As for Wolfsburg, Admir Mehmedi, Pavao Pervan, Maximilian Arnold, Maxence Lacroix, Kevin Mbabu and Jerome Roussillon are absent.
Players to watch:
Borussia Dortmund: Last season’s runners-up have been heavily reliant on Erling Haaland to get their goals this season but, with the Norwegian injured, Giovanni Reyna has stepped up to assume some of the responsibilities. Since Haaland’s injury, Dortmund managed just five goals in four Bundesliga games, only netting twice in a 2-1 win over Werder Bremen. Reyna has scored two of those, playing in a more central position to make up for Haaland’s absence, building a decent understanding with the attackers around him. Furthermore, all four of Reyna’s Bundesliga’s assists have come at home this season, and Dortmund will need the United States international to be on top form this weekend to help them overturn their recent record.
Wolfsburg: When talking about top Bundesliga strikers, Wout Weghorst isn’t a name many will mention. But this season he deserves to be in the conversation. The Dutch striker has scored nine goals in the Bundesliga so far this season, behind only Robert Lewandowski (17) and Erling Haaland (10), essentially the best of the rest alongside Andre Silva. However, he does not have a good record against Dortmund. Of the teams currently in the Bundesliga, Dortmund are the only side against whom he has never scored (excluding Wolfsburg), goalless in four attempts.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Borussia Dortmund: LWLDL
- Wolfsburg: WLWDW
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