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|To Score in Both Halves||Odds|
|Borussia Dortmund – Yes||+100
|Borussia Dortmund – No||-139
|Freiburg – Yes||+380
|Freiburg – No||-670
Back Borussia Dortmund to score in both halves, something they have done in each of their last seven matches – a remarkable feat that shows how much attacking quality this team has in its ranks.
Borussia Dortmund to score in both halves (+100)
|Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund Information|
|Teams||Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund|
|Location||Dreisamstadion, Freiburg, Germany|
|Time||Saturday, 21 August 2021, 9.30 AM EDT|
|How to watch||ESPN|
If Borussia Dortmund want to win the Bundesliga title this season, it goes without saying that they will have to get the better of Bayern Munich. Unfortunately, Marco Rose’s side failed their first head-to-head test against the champions. Bayern won the Super Cup with a 3-1 win over Dortmund on Tuesday night, as a brace from Robert Lewandowski and a solitary strike from Thomas Muller gave Julian Nagelsmann his first piece of silverware at the Allianz Arena.
There were certainly aspects of the match Rose will have been pleased with. Bayern made the brighter start but Dortmund soon came into the game and could easily have held a half-time lead were it not for another brilliant display by Manuel Neuer. The 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko was a surprise starter and provided another demonstration of the abundance of youthful talent BVB have in their ranks. Jude Bellingham is only slightly older than Moukoko but continues to perform with a maturity beyond his tender years.
The defense is clearly the weak point of this team, and another sloppy individual mistake – this time from Manuel Akanji – gifted Bayern one of their three goals on Tuesday. BVB must cut out the unforced errors if they are to mount a sustained title tilt, but they also need to tighten up more generally. Rose is short of options at center-back for the time being, with Axel Witsel having had to fill in so far this season. That is not ideal for a side that wants to push a juggernaut like Bayern all the way.
Dortmund had a much better outcome last weekend, when they opened their Bundesliga campaign with a 5-2 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt. Erling Haaland was sensational, scoring two goals and providing two assists. His scoring record since joining the club in January 2020 remains otherworldly: 62 games, 62 goals. It is safe to say BVB would not be title contenders without Haaland on their roster.
Freiburg finished 10th last term, an excellent performance relative to their resources, which are among the smallest in the division. Christian Streich, the longest-serving manager in Europe’s top five leagues ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Burnley’s Sean Dyche, continues to work wonders. The 56-year-old has now been in charge for 10 years, by which stage many managers would have run out of ideas for how to keep progressing the club. Yet season after season, Streich shows that he can keep Freiburg punching above their weight.
Freiburg just missed out on a top-half finish in 2020/21, having ended the previous campaign in eighth place. The feel-good factor at the club has only been boosted by the opening of their plush new stadium – scheduled for October – and Freiburg should not be in any danger of relegation this term. That would represent another successful season, but a top-half finish could be beyond them once more.
That is largely because Freiburg have had a quiet summer of transfer activity, with Maximilian Eggestein the only arrival to date. Streich has managed to keep hold of most of his key players from last term, but improving on that 10th-place finish looks improbable unless reinforcements are brought in before the end of August.
Still, finishing 15th or above would be a positive outcome for Freiburg and their manager Streich, who is admired across Germany for his loyalty to his club and his ability to produce teams that play attractive soccer on a limited budget.
Even if Dortmund do not win the Bundesliga this season, there is a chance that they could end the campaign with more goals than Bayern. Their dazzling attacking display against Frankfurt last time out suggests no defense in the division will relish facing BVB’s forward line in the weeks and months to come.
Dortmund still have work to do to show that they are sufficiently solid at the back to contend for the title, though. That is something Rose will no doubt be dedicating ample time to on the training ground, as BVB simply cannot afford to gift their opponents goals at the rate they did for chunks of last season.
From a betting perspective this weekend, the value lies at the other end of the field. Dortmund have scored in both halves of their last seven Bundesliga matches, which underlines how much of a threat they carry in the final third. Freiburg kept a clean sheet against Arminia Bielefeld on matchday one, but coping with Haaland and co. is a different proposition entirely. Back BVB to show off their frightening firepower by finding the net both before and after half-time.
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