Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Dortmund - Predictions, Odds & Live Stream
- Dortmund has responded well to its defeat by Bayern and looks well placed to finish second
- Dusseldorf is fighting for its Bundesliga life and will likely struggle to contain Dortmund’s attack
- BVB should be back among the goals against one of the league’s leakiest defenses
|What||Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Dortmund|
|Where||Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany|
|When||Saturday, 13 June 2020, 9:30 PM EST|
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No one knew how Borussia Dortmund would react following its 1-0 defeat by Bayern Munich last month. That slender loss was significant, moving Bayern seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and all but ending BVB’s hopes of overhauling its rival before the end of the campaign.
Some envisaged Dortmund collapsing and perhaps even facing a fight for a top-four place. That has not happened. Despite rumours surrounding the futures of manager Lucien Favre and star player Jadon Sancho, Dortmund has collected six points from the last six on offer to remain in pole position for a runners-up finish.
That would represent par for the course for Dortmund, which may nevertheless feel a little disappointed not to have taken advantage of Bayern’s slow start to the season. The champion-elect struggled hugely under Niko Kovac and sunk to as low as seventh spot in the standings in the middle of December.
For now, though, Dortmund will only be focused on wrapping up Champions League qualification. Victory here could guarantee Favre’s side a top-four spot depending on results elsewhere, but its fate is more likely to be decided against Mainz next week. Dusseldorf is desperate for the points, but Dortmund should have too much for the host in this one.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Dortmund Odds
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Dortmund only scored once against Hertha Berlin last time out, and the team’s attack did find it difficult to break down its opponent at times. Yet scoring goals is not ordinarily a problem for BVB, and the forward line should get closer to its usual output here.
Dortmund’s last away game brought six goals in a demolition of Paderborn. Dusseldorf’s defense may not be quite as welcoming, but BVB will fancy its chances of notching three or more for the 16th time this season.
Dortmund Has Become More Solid but Attack Is Still the Team’s Strength
It took until just before the hour mark for Dortmund to break the deadlock against Hertha last time out. Favre’s team was not at its very best, yet it still found a way to emerge victorious against an opponent that had been in fine form prior to its trip to Signal Iduna Park.
Perhaps the focus should have been on Dortmund’s clean sheet, however. Bayern and RB Leipzig may have superior defensive records this term, but BVB has posted some impressive numbers for most of 2020. Indeed, since shipping four goals to Leverkusen in a thrilling 4-3 defeat, Dortmund has registered six clean sheets in nine matches.
Nevertheless, it is the attack that is the strongest section of this Dortmund team. Sancho may be on his way out of Signal Iduna Park but he continues to dazzle in the Bundesliga, while Erling Haaland is in line to return to the starting XI after a spell out with injury. That spells trouble for Dusseldorf, who will also have Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi to contend with.
Dusseldorf’s Brittle Confidence Another Hurdle to Overcome
Fortuna punched above its weight last season, securing a 10th-place finish immediately after earning promotion from the second tier. It has been more of a struggle this year, and Uwe Rosler’s men currently occupy the relegation play-off spot in the Bundesliga.
That represents an improvement on its position after 19 games, when Dusseldorf was rooted to the foot of the table. Rosler took charge at that point and has done a fine job of dragging the team out of the bottom two, but there is still plenty of work to be done before Fortuna can celebrate another year of Bundesliga soccer – not least because it must face RB Leipzig after this meeting with Dortmund.
Dusseldorf has lost just one of its last eight games, but five of those have been draws. The team’s confidence remains brittle, particularly after its recent 5-0 thrashing by Bayern Munich, and the concession of an early goal here could lead to the opening of the floodgates.
Dusseldorf’s Defense Will Have Its Work Cut Out Against BVB
Dortmund’s attacking firepower has been covered above, and Dusseldorf’s defensive record does not offer too much hope for the host as it sets about keeping Sancho and co. quiet.
Fortuna has conceded 60 goals so far this season, which works out as an average of two per game. Only three teams have worse records, and it is notable that for all the improvement witnessed under Rosler, Dusseldorf has kept just two clean sheets since he took the reins.
There is no shame in shipping five to Bayern, but Dusseldorf followed that up by conceding two goals to a Hertha Berlin team that had been reduced to 10 men after just nine minutes. Dortmund’s attackers will be licking their lips heading into Saturday’s contest.
Take the Over option here – Dusseldorf could be powerless to resist Dortmund’s star-studded attacking line-up.