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|Match Result and Both Teams to Score||Odds|
|Borussia Dortmund and Yes||+185
|Wolfsburg and Yes||+800
BVB have not exactly been firing on all cylinders of late, but they should have too much quality for the visitors to Signal Iduna Park.
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A 3-1 victory over Mainz on October 16 saw Borussia Dortmund move into second place in the Bundesliga. They have remained there ever since.
There have been times when it has looked as if they might have an outside chance of overhauling Bayern Munich at the top of the table, such as when the champions dropped points in three of their five games between the middle of February and the middle of March. But with just five rounds of fixtures remaining Dortmund’s title chances are almost certainly over.
That will still be the case even if BVB beat Bayern when the top two go head-to-head next weekend. Before then, Dortmund will be looking to tighten their grip on the second spot when they host Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Marco Rose’s men have little to play for in the final weeks of the campaign, having already been knocked out of the Champions League, Europa League, and the DFB-Pokal. But Dortmund will still want to end the season strongly to generate some momentum going into next term.
In many ways finishing as runners-up are about as good as it can realistically get for Dortmund. It is unfair to expect them to keep pace with Bayern Munich over a 34-game season given the financial disparity between the two clubs. The biggest disappointment of the campaign for BVB remains their early elimination from two continental competitions, not their failure to push Bayern to the end domestically.
At the same time, it is fair to say Dortmund has not been firing on all cylinders of late. They were thrashed 4-1 by RB Leipzig at the start of the month. A team renowned for its attacking firepower has scored more than one goal in just one of its last six matches. Second place is Dortmund’s for the taking, but there is still room for improvement.
This has been a whirlwind of a season for Wolfsburg. It began with a run of four straight victories which led to much fanfare about the club’s new manager, Mark van Bommel.
But things quickly unraveled at the Volkswagen Arena. After four consecutive defeats, Van Bommel was sacked towards the end of October and replaced by Florian Kohfeldt, the former Werder Bremen head coach.
The boom-and-bust cycle that began under Van Bommel has continued under Kohfeldt. The new manager got off to a solid start and the Wolves even managed to climb into the top four, but a six-match losing streak sent them hurtling down the table.
A 2-0 loss to Leipzig in January left Wolfsburg looking nervously over their shoulder at the bottom three, but they have managed to ward off the threat of relegation to the 2. Bundesliga over the last few weeks.
Still, this has been a season to forget for a club that finished fourth last term and participated in the group stage of the Champions League before Christmas. A top-half finish remains within reach, with Wolfsburg currently five points shy of ninth place, but Kohfeldt’s charges have to play Bayern as well as Dortmund before the conclusion of the campaign. The jury is still out on the ex-Werder coach in his current job, so ending the season with a flourish would boost his standing at Wolfsburg.
When everything clicks, Borussia Dortmund is a joy to watch.
They have delivered some fantastic performances this season, thrashing Freiburg 5-1, Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0 and Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2. They are averaging 2.4 goals per game in 2021/22 – not quite as many as Bayern, but an excellent record nonetheless.
Yet Dortmund is still guilty of lapses in concentration that have often proved costly this season. They concede too many goals and often give themselves too much to do in matches. There have been some signs of improvement in that regard of late, with clean sheets against Arminia Bielefeld, Mainz, and Stuttgart, but that has coincided with a downturn in their attacking productivity.
If Dortmund is to kick on next season, they will need to strike a better balance between attack and defense. For now, this flawed but exciting iteration should have little trouble putting Wolfsburg to the sword this weekend.
Dortmund has lost at home to Bayern, Bayer Leverkusen, and Leipzig this campaign, but they are reliable at Signal Iduna Park against the teams that are not around them in the table. Wolfsburg, for their part, has only won one away game since the start of November.
There are still doubts over Dortmund’s defense, so Wolfsburg may well find the net – back a home win and both teams to score.
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|Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg Information|
|Teams||Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg|
|Location||Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany|
|Time||Saturday, 16 April 2022, 9.30 AM EDT|
|How to watch||ESPN|
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