Borussia Dortmund can secure runners-up spot in the Bundesliga when Bochum visit Signal-Iduna-Park on Saturday afternoon (14:30 UK time).
The hosts are in second place on 63 points, 12 points behind first-placed Bayern Munich whom Dortmund lost 3-1 to in the Bundesliga last time out. As for Bochum they suffered a 2-0 loss 2-0 against Augsburg at Vonovia Ruhrstadion subsequently extending their winless streak to three matches (one draw and two matches), leaving them in 13th place on 36 points. Bochum has netted 30 goals and conceded 45 across 31 matches.
Dortmund have got the better of Bochum of late, unbeaten in their last seven Bundesliga matches (four wins and three draws). Bochum are looking for their first league win in fixtures between the two sides since March 2007. Dortmund have outscored Bochum 15-7 during this unbeaten streak.
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Borussia Dortmund team news
Marco Rose comes into this latest round of Bundesliga fixtures missing a slew of players from his matchday squad. Emre Can is suspended while there are several missing through injury. Mahmoud Dahoud (shoulder), Mats Hummels (thigh), Gregor Kobel (ankle), Donyell Malen (muscular), Thomas Meunier (hamstring), Mateu Morey (knee), Giovanni Reyna (hamstring), Marcel Schmelzer (knee) and Steffen Tigges (ankle) sit this game out with respective knocks. Thorgan Hazard is suffering with a back problem while Axel Witsel (ill) could also be ruled out.
As touched upon, with a win against VfL Bochum, Borussia Dortmund — who have been tough to beat at home this season with 12 wins and just three losses across 15 league contests — could secure the runner-up spot in the Bundesliga regardless of other results. So far BVB have finished second in the Bundesliga seven times – only Bayern have done so more often (10 times, Werder and Schalke also seven), while it would be Dortmund’s sixth runner-up finish in the last 10 seasons.
Bochum team news
Bochum will seek to address a poor run of results away from home this season with two draws, 10 losses, and just three wins. Kostas Stafylidis (suspended) is the only player missing for the visitors this weekend. Head coach Thomas Reis will undoubtedly have a game plan; Bochum come into this latest round of Bundesliga fixtures having registered the second most fast breaks in the Bundesliga this season (32, behind Leverkusen on 42) and fired the second most shots after such fast breaks (28). Borussia Dortmund conceded five goals from fast breaks, with only Köln (7) conceding more.
Bundesliga 2021/22 recent form:
- Borussia Dortmund: LWWLD
- Bochum: LLDWL
Scoreline prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Bochum
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