In a real meeting between two sides battling it out at opposite ends of the Bundesliga table, Borussia Dortmund will make the trip to an empty Merkur Spiel-Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Moving one step closer to securing another top-four finish, BVB managed to pick up a 1-0 win against high-flyers Hertha Berlin last weekend and have won four of their five appearances since returning from the enforced break.
On the flip side, battling to pick up a late point against European hopefuls Hoffenheim last week, Fortuna Dusseldorf are still in a battle to secure maximum points if they’re to find a route out of the bottom-three.
On a run of form that has seen them land just a single Bundesliga victory in their last seven top-flight outings, Saturday’s hosts also hold a worrying record against this weekend’s guests.
Hit with a 5-0 drumming when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, Dortmund have won each of their last three meetings against Dusseldorf and a similar outcome this weekend can be found at 4/11 with Bet365.
Too late for Fortuna?
Although Fortuna may have managed to salvage a point at home against Hoffenheim last weekend, Head Coach Uwe Rösler has seen his side continue to show some glaring inconsistencies either sides of the enforced break.
Including a routine 5-0 drumming against the defending champions a fortnight ago, the one-time Brentford boss has seen his men record just a single Bundesliga victory since February 22nd.
Even more worrying for Saturday’s hosts, opening the weekend sat in the relegation play-off spot, Fortuna have landed just a sole victory on home soil since opening up 2020.
Now facing back-to-back appearances against Dortmund and another top-four contender in RB Leipzig, Flingeraner will know that leading marksman Rouwen Hennings will play a vital part in any late charge for safety.
The only player at the Merkur Spiel-Arena to reach double digits so far this season, the 32-year-old has recorded 14 goals this year, eight clear of second-place Kenan Karaman.
Bagging a brace against European outsiders Hoffenheim last weekend and with three goals in as many Bundesliga appearances, Hennings can be found priced at 2/1 with 888Sport to grab what could be a consolation strike this weekend.
Dortmund impress at the back
Although a 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich last month may have brought an end to Dortmund’s title ambitions for another year, Lucien Farve’s men have bounced back in some style.
Picking up their own 1-0 win against a high-flying Hertha Berlin last weekend, BVB have collected 12 points out of a possible 15 since returning from the break and are within touching distance of securing another top-four finish.
While Jadon Sancho’s hat-trick in Dortmund’s 6-1 romp against Paderborn a fortnight ago may have highlighted their prowess in the final third, Farve will be growing more impressed by his side’s performances at the other end of the pitch.
Recording another clean sheet in Berlin last weekend, Munich’s strike against them last month is just the single goal that Dortmund have conceded from open play since making their return.
You might be interested to know that Saturday’s guests can be found pencilled in at 11/8 with Betfair to land another clean sheet on the road this week.
Elsewhere, along with watching Marco Reus make a return to training this week, Farve is expected to recall striking sensation Erling Haaland who has missed out on Dortmund’s last two games due to a knee problem.