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Borussia Dortmund eased to a 3-0 victory over Bochum at the weekend
Wolfsburg have now gone six encounters without a defeat in the Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund will have to dig deep to pick up another three points on Tuesday
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BVB may have to grind out a win at the Volkswagen Arena, but we fancy them to do so.
Back Borussia Dortmund to beat Wolfsburg on Tuesday. (+100)
If Borussia Dortmund are to make a run for the Bundesliga title this season, they cannot afford to slip up in games like the one they had at the weekend. Edin Terzic will therefore be pleased that his side picked up all three points against Bochum without any trouble whatsoever.
A 3-0 win keeps Dortmund three points behind Bayern Munich in the top spot ahead of game week 14, which takes place in midweek. Dortmund will be looking to maintain - or, preferably narrow - that gap at the top before the Bundesliga breaks off for the World Cup after this weekend’s round of fixtures.
Saturday’s match at Signal Iduna Park was, to all intents and purposes, over as a contest after just 12 minutes. Goals from Youssoufa Moukoko and Gio Reyna in that time made it a long way back for Bochum, who managed just a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes. Moukoko added his second and Dortmund’s third on the stroke of half-time to put the matter to bed.
As one of the teams involved in the relegation battle, Bochum would not have expected to get anything from their trip to Signal Iduna Park. But that does not diminish the professionalism of Dortmund’s display.
Moukoko was the star - it is remarkable how good the 17-year-old is for someone so young - but there were positive performances from several other BVB players too, while the return to the field of Marco Reus is a timely boost for both Dortmund and Germany ahead of World Cup 2022, for which Hansi Flick is set to name his 26-man squad in the coming days.
It has been a good few weeks for Dortmund, who have now won three games on the bounce in the Bundesliga for the first time this campaign, while also booking their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Wolfsburg were one of the Bundesliga’s underachievers last term. Having finished fourth in 2020/21, they were expected to once again mount a challenge for the Champions League places, despite the departure of manager Oliver Glasner to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Instead, it was a turbulent campaign at the Volkswagen Arena. Mark van Bommel lasted just a few months in charge, while his replacement Florian Kohfeldt did not do enough to convince the powers that be of his ability to lead the club long-term. Niko Kovac was duly appointed in the summer with a remit of improving upon last season’s disappointing 12th-place finish.
It has been a case of slow and steady for Wolfsburg so far. They head into Tuesday’s contest in the bottom half of the table, having won just four of their 13 matches to date. An optimist would point out that they have only lost four too, but Kovac will be keen to start turning draws into wins.
Qualification for the Europa League should be Wolfsburg’s objective. They made a dreadful start but have now gone six games unbeaten, offering hope that things are starting to click for Kovac. The former Bayern Munich boss has tried to make Wolfsburg a more front-footed team, and recent performances suggest his players are now starting to take his methods on board.
A statement win against Dortmund would go a long way to convincing the remaining doubters of Wolfsburg’s capacity to challenge Europe. The Wolves have scored nine goals in their last three home matches, so Dortmund will have their hands full in trying to keep the hosts’ attack quiet on Tuesday.
Indeed, BVB may have to dig deep to grind out a win in this game. It is important that they do so. The Bundesliga is poised to take a break that will last for more than two months, with the league only resuming on January 20. Psychologically, it would be a major boost for Dortmund to be within touching distance of the top spot when the World Cup begins.
Wolfsburg have their own objectives in the final two games, though. Kovac’s side are currently five points adrift of the top six; closing that gap to, say, three points would demonstrate their European credentials.
Dortmund have played some excellent football of late, though, and we reckon their superior quality will make the difference at the Volkswagen Arena. They will likely have less of the ball than usual and may base their attacking strategy on quick transitions, but this is a team that can certainly do damage on the break.
Wolfsburg have not lost since September 18, but three of their six matches since then have finished as draws, while they have conceded in four of them. This will not be as comfortable for Dortmund as their assignment against Bochum was at the weekend, but we still fancy them to get the job done.
Teams: Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund
Location: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany
Time: Tuesday, 8 September 2022, 12.30 PM EST
How to Watch: ESPN+
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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