Borussia Dortmund should be targeting a consistent run ahead of the 2022 World Cup
Eintracht Frankfurt are pushing for a top-four finish in the Bundesliga this season
Goals on the cards with both teams likely to go for the win in Saturday’s match
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Frankfurt are one of the highest-scoring sides in the Bundesliga, while BVB certainly pack a punch in attack too.
Back over 3.5 goals in Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund this weekend. (+140)
The Bundesliga has always had a longer winter break than the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1, but this season’s pause will run for more than two months. The campaign has essentially been split in two (albeit not equally) and Bundesliga coaches, unlike some of their counterparts across Europe, will have plenty of time to work with their players after the 2022 World Cup.
Clubs up and down the division will now be aiming for a positive string of results in the four remaining matches before the tournament in Qatar. For some sides the next few games will be particularly important - and Borussia Dortmund are one of them.
That is because their form in their first 11 outings has been mixed. The best online sportsbooks still have them second to Bayern Munich in terms of the favorites for the Bundesliga title, but BVB are only fifth in the table right now. Three points behind Bayern and four adrift of the unlikely table-toppers Union Berlin, Dortmund will aim to at least maintain that gap before the World Cup.
We saw the best of BVB last time out, as Edin Terzic’s side thrashed Stuttgart 5-0. Jude Bellingham gave them the lead in the second minute and Dortmund did not look back from there.
Yet that brilliant performance came on the back of a three-game streak without a win. The difference between Dortmund on a good day and Dortmund on a bad day is so vast that Dr Jekyyl and Mr Hyde would arouse little suspicion in comparison.
Dortmund do not have the financial resources to be the relentless winning machine that Bayern have been in recent seasons, but finishing outside the top two this term would be disappointing. BVB must ensure they do not fall further behind over the next three weeks.
A point would probably be a decent outcome for Dortmund on Saturday, though. They head into the weekend a point behind their opponents, who are also targeting a top-four finish this season after winning the Europa League in 2021/22.
Victory in that tournament supplied Eintracht Frankfurt with a route into the Champions League, but to get there next term they will have to do so via their Bundesliga position. Their campaign got off to the worst possible start, as Frankfurt were thrashed 6-1 at home by Bayern. Two draws followed to leave them just above the relegation play-off spot after three rounds of fixtures.
Frankfurt have bounced back impressively since then. Indeed, from matchday four onwards no team in the division has taken as many points as Oliver Glasner’s team, who have amassed 18 points from the last 24 available.
Frankfurt have won four of their last five encounters, including some hugely impressive results: a 2-0 victory over first-placed Union Berlin, a 5-1 success against Bayer Leverkusen and a 3-1 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach last time out.
Only Bayern have scored more goals than Frankfurt this term. The objective will now be tighten up at the back: Glasner’s charges have conceded 18 times, which places them in the bottom half of the division for their defensive record. Unless they can become more effective at halting opposition attacks, Frankfurt will struggle to maintain their present position in the top four.
In the short term at least, Frankfurt will look to their attacking prowess to pick up points between now and the World Cup break in the middle of next month. Glasner is not overly concerned with possession compared to some managers, but Frankfurt are a real threat in transition and Dortmund will have to be wary when the ball changes hands. After all, they will be facing one of Europe’s best teams on the counter-attack.
BVB also pack a punch in attack, as they demonstrated in that 5-0 thrashing of Stuttgart last weekend. In truth Terzic’s side have not always clicked when going forward this term, and they rank only eighth for goals scored. Interestingly, though, Dortmund are outperforming Frankfurt on expected goals, a measure of chance quality.
Rather than betting the moneyline, we think the best choice for this weekend’s clash at the Deutsche Bank Park lies in the goals market. Both of Frankfurt’s last two matches have featured more than 3.5 goals, as have three of Dortmund’s last four outings.
We would recommend tipping more than 3.5 goals again in this match, which promises to be one of the most entertaining of the Bundesliga weekend.
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Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Dortmund
Deutsche Bank Park, Frankfurt, Germany
Saturday, 29 October 2022, 12.30 AM EDT
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