Round two of the German Bundesliga season following this month’s restart and followers have plenty to keep them occupied with games shown live on television on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We then jump back into a midweek round. Organisers are eager to complete the 2019/20 season in the shortest time possible and that’s great news for armchair fans as the games come thick and fast.
Title challengers Borussia Dortmund face a tricky road trip as they travel to take on a decent Wolfsburg side who will rate their chances of pulling off an upset and boosting their points tally. Both teams have plenty to play for and picked up wins last weekend, telling us this will be a game well worth your attention on Saturday afternoon. Dortmund want to keep alive their title dreams while Wolfsburg are chasing a top-six finish.
The match is scheduled for a 14:30 GMT kick-off and will be played out before an empty stadium, with only players, coaches, backroom, medical and TV staff looking on. A game like this deserves to be decided in front of an electric atmosphere but all remaining ties will be behind closed doors. It is not clear will crowds will return in time for next season, but players must remain professional and take care of the job at hand.
Wolfsburg on the hunt for a top-six finish
Wolfsburg will finish no higher in the Bundesliga than sixth this season, with Bayer Leverkusen in fifth already 11 points better off. That means the focus is now on holding their ground and ensuring they end in the top-six and grab a place in next season’s Europa League. They are in a great position heading into this weekend but still have much work to do as both Freiburg and Schalke are two points behind. In fact, only six-point separates Wolfsburg from FC Koln down in 10th meaning we are set for an interesting finish to the season as sides battle for European football.
The home team enter round 27 of the season with stats showing 10 wins and nine draws against seven defeats. They have scored a total of 36 goals but conceded 31, making them one of the most exciting teams in the division, certainly for a TV audience. Wolfsburg do appear to be moving in the right direction, however, hitting form at exactly the right time as they speed towards the finish line. They have won three and drawn two of their last five and returned from lockdown with victory.
Sent to Augsburg last Saturday, all eyes were on Wolfsburg to see if they could hit the ground running. They did exactly that, rolling up their sleeves to grind out an impressive 2-1 away win. Steffan broke the deadlock just before half-time to send his side in with a slight advantage. Jedvaj struck a stunning equaliser in the early exchanges of the second 45 and it looked like we were on-course of a 1-1 draw, but there was to be one final twist. Ginczek smashed home a winner for Wolfsburg with the time showing 91 minutes.
Borussia Dortmund must hold their concentration
An emphatic winning run has kept Borussia Dortmund in the title race this season. They enter this match placed second in Bundesliga with 54 points on the board, four less than leaders Bayern Munich. The pacesetters are showing no signs of slowing down as they move towards another league winner’s medal. All Dortmund can do is keep up their form and ensure they are in a position to punish any mistakes made by the team above. That will require complete concentration as we embark on a busy end to the season.
The visitors have won 16, drawn 6 and lost just 4 times so far this season, scoring 72 goals and conceding 33. They are four points behind the leaders but are also four points better than Bayer Leverkusen in fifth. That gives the team a problem to solve. Do they gamble and try to make history by winning the league or do they work to protect their place and ensure a top-four finish and spot in the Champions League next season? How they approach their final few games will have a major say in next season’s plans and transfer budget.
It was no real surprise to see Borussia Dortmund return from lockdown with a win. They enjoyed home advantage when hammering FC Schalke 4-0 on Saturday afternoon. Haaland picked up where he left off, scoring the opening goal of the game on 29 minutes and that was added to by strikes from Hazard and a Guerreiro double. The destination of the points was never in doubt, the game wrapped up inside 48 minutes. Followers would love to see something similar here.
Wolfsburg vs Borussia prediction
There may be no fans inside the stadium, but this will prove to be an entertaining watch for those tuning into the live TV coverage. Both sides will fancy their chances of landing the points, but Borussia Dortmund have more to play for and are good enough to be the more likely side to secure a vital three points.
Dortmund’s recent form has been nothing short of stunning and we were thoroughly impressed by the way they bounced back after the break. This should be a tense, tight game for most of the first half but if Dortmund can get the first goal and relax, they may very well be organised enough to see the 90 minutes out and boost their points tally by three.
Borussia Dortmund are 77/100 favourites to win, among other odds for this match. The draw has been set up at 14/5 or you’ll get 71/20 if taking a gamble on Wolfsburg causing an upset.
Fancy both teams to score? That has been judged a 4/7 favourite with goals likely to be scored. Taking no in the same market will give backers a shot at an appealing 5/4. Dortmund HT/FT is 33/20.