Fortuna Düsseldorf at Borussia Dortmund
|Date & Time||Saturday May 11, 2019, 9:30 AM (EDT)|
Signal Iduna Park
Borussia Dortmund: -1.5 (-114) / Fortuna Düsseldorf: 1.5 (+102)
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Borussia Dortmund is welcoming Fortuna in round 33 of German Bundesliga.
Borussia is second in Bundesliga standings with 70 points, 4 points behind Bayern Munich. In their last game against Werder, Borussia was a better team with 53% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 87% of correct passes and after leading 0-2, Borussia’s defense made 2 terrible mistakes and game ended in a 2-2 draw. With this draw, Borussia fell back 4 points behind Bayern and with 2 games left it will be really hard for Borussia to catch up with Bayern. Borussia’s top goal scorer is Alcacer with 18 goals, followed by Reus who added 16 goals while Sancho has 14 assists. Hakimi is injured while Wolf and Reus are suspended due to a red card. Borussia’s home record this season is 13 wins, 2 draws and only 1 loss with amazing 49 scored goals in 16 games. Borussia has a great team with some young superstars like Sancho, Pulisic, and Weigl and was on the top of the standings for most of the season, but after a Christmas break Borussia was not on the same level and that is what cost Borussia first place in the standings. Coach Favre is doing an excellent job in Borussia and will stay on the bench next season as well and if the management will be able to keep some of those young stars, Borussia will be a force to reckon with.
Fortuna is safely outside the relegation zone on the 10th place in the standings with no chances of getting any higher which was their goal before the season started. Fortuna’s away record this season is 4 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses with only 20 scored goals and 34 conceded goals. In their last game against Freiburg, Fortuna displayed some good soccer with 61% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal and 88% of correct passes and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Raman and Lukebakio have score 10 goals for Fortuna while Stoger added 6 assists. Contento and Zimmer are injured and will not be playing in this match. Since the season started, Fortuna was playing solid soccer and coach Funkel has full support from players and club management. Fortuna has lost only 2 of their last 6 games and has scored 12 goals during that period. With no chances for Fortuna getting higher in the standings, the season for them is basically over and we can expect mixed lineups in last two Bundesliga games.
Head to head, Borussia hasn’t lost a home game against Fortuna and there are usually a lot of goals scored in games between Borussia and Fortuna. Borussia is a much better team here and needs a win here if they want to have any chances of winning the title and for that reason, I’m going to pick Borussia.