After usurping Bayern Munich from the top spot two rounds ago, Borussia Dortmund relinquished control of their Meisterschale fate with a poor 1-1 draw against lowly rivals Bochum last weekend. Dortmund boss Edin Terzić was seething in the wake of that draw because of “two penalty incidents” that weren’t awarded for his side, comments which were justified after the DFB admitted their mistake!
Apologies don’t win titles though, so Dortmund must pick themselves back up and aim for nothing short of maximum points whilst hoping for a Bayern slip up. Beginning that aim at home is ideal then as Die Schwarzgelben have won all of their competitive games on their own turf since a goalless draw against Manchester City last October (W9) – their longest home winning run since 1994!
Standing in Dortmund’s way are Wolfsburg, a side who have kept their own European dream alive and kicking with an eight-goal haul across the previous two rounds to remain within touching distance of the top-six. Niko Kovač’s men are one of only seven sides to defeat Dortmund in Bundesliga action this season too, so completing a winning league double may not be the most surprising outcome.
The fact that only Freiburg and Bayern Munich have picked up more away points than Wolfsburg’s 24 this season will also make great reading for the visiting faithful (W7, D3, L5). Yet despite the positives, the Wolves have failed to win all of their trips to sides beginning the round above them (D1, L3), with each defeat coming by a 2-0 scoreline.
Players to watch: Donyell Malen has been keeping the legendary Marco Reus out of the starting XI of late after a fantastic run of nine goal contributions in his last seven appearances (G6, A3). As for Wolfsburg, Jonas Wind has scored each of his last five goals before half-time following his first-half brace last weekend, with three of those goals serving to put his side 3-0 up!
Hot stat: Wolfsburg entered this round with the Bundesliga’s third-strongest unbeaten rate as pre-match underdogs (60% – W6, D3, L6).