Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to bounce back from defeat last weekend when they host Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday at 2:30pm (UK time).
Marco Rose’s side saw their three-match winning run in the Bundesliga come to an end at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach, while Augsburg lost to Freiburg.
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Scoreline prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Augsburg
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Borussia Dortmund vs Augsburg build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Borussia Dortmund have been one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Bundesliga this season, with their matches so far brining 29 goals – more than any other club. Under Rose, Dortmund have scored 17 goals in six Bundesliga matches while also conceding 12, proving their gameplan at the moment has been to simply outscore their opponents. It has been fairly effective to be fair, with Dortmund currently fourth in the Bundesliga with four wins from their opening six matches, losing the other two. One of those defeats came at the weekend to Gladbach, a 1-0 loss – the first time they had failed to score under Rose. However, Dortmund bounced back with a 1-0 win over Sporting CP in the Champions League to continue their perfect start to the group stage.
Augsburg, meanwhile, are sitting close to the relegation zone with just one win from their opening six matches. It hasn’t been the best of starts to the campaign for Augsburg, who were made to wait until their fifth match to finally get a win, beating Gladbach 1-0 at home. However, they were unable to build on that victory, losing 3-0 to Freiburg last weekend (though that may not be too much of a surprise as they are one of two teams left unbeaten in the Bundesliga). It’s something Markus Weinzierl will be hoping to remedy as the season goes on, having joined in April with the task of moving them away from the relegation zone before the end of the 2020/21 campaign – which he did manage successfully.
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Sporting CP): Kobel; Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Witsel, Dahoud*; Bellingham, Reus, Hazard; Malen.
- Augsburg (vs Freiburg): Gikiewicz; Gumny, Oxford, Gouweleeuw; Dorsch; Framberger, Caligiuri, Hahn, Pedersen; Niederlechner, Vargas.
Mahmoud Dahoud is suspended for Dortmund following his red card last weekend and joins the likes of Emre Can, Gio Reyna and Dan-Axel Zagadou in missing out. Erling Haaland faces a race against time to recover from the injury that has ruled him out of the past two matches, with Gio Reyna and Julian Brandt among Dortmund’s other doubts. Augsburg, meanwhile, remain without Jan Moravek while Alfred Finnbogason and Felix Uduokhai are doubts.
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Player to watch: Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund)
In Erling Haaland’s absence due to injury, Donyell Malen has spent the past two games as Dortmund’s main attacking threat through the middle, having previously played back up to the Norwegian. The first game did not go well, with Dortmund failing to score, but Malen found his feet in the Champions League in midweek to score his first goal for his new club.
Malen joined Dortmund with bundles of potential and has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League – though Rose’s side are almost certainly the best place for young talent to develop. The 22-year-old was the sole striker in midweek against Sporting, having previously been paired with Youssoufa Moukoko, and it worked in his favour with Jude Bellingham, Thorgan Hazard and Marco Reus providing back up.
It was a tough game for Dortmund to negotiate, but when they needed him to, Malen stepped up and scored the only goal of the game in the 37th minute, ending a nine-game goal drought. Whether he partners Haaland or is on his own again this weekend, Malen will be hoping the floodgates are now open.
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