Watching their fading title ambitions take what could be a critical blow in midweek, Borussia Dortmund will have their sights simply set on making a return to winning ways when they travel to Paderborn on Sunday afternoon.
Hit with a 1-0 defeat at home against defending champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening, Lucien Farve’s men open this weekend now sat seven points adrift of the German giants.
On the flip side, while BVB might still be scrapping it out in the title chase, Paderborn find themselves in their own battle at the other end of the Bundesliga table.
Despite picking up what was another scrappy 0-0 draw away at an inconsistent Augsburg in midweek, the top-flight returners have failed to win any of their last nine appearances and are seen as a landslide favourite for an immediate drop this year.
However, you might be interested to know, with the two sides playing out what was a stunning 3-3 draw earlier in the season, each of the last three meetings between the two sides have seen over 5.5 goals at full-time. A similar thriller this weekend can be found priced at 5/1 with Coral.
Paderborn’s home headache
Missing a string of chances on Wednesday night and having to settle for a point against Augsburg, Paderborn quickly find themselves spiralling towards an immediate return to Bundesliga II.
Opening the weekend sat rock-bottom of the table and nine points adrift of safety, Head Coach Steffen Baumgart has seen continue on what has been a disastrous run of form on home soil.
Including back-to-back 2-1 defeats against Koln and Hertha Berlin prior to the break, they have collected just a single point out of a possible 15 over their past five Bundesliga matches at the Benteler-Arena.
Despite bagging three goals in rural Germany back in November, Sunday’s hosts have continued to show some worrying issues in front of goal during the second half of the season.
Including drawing another blank against Augsburg in midweek, Baumgart’s men have landed just a single strike since returning from the enforced break and have bagged just a sole Bundesliga goal in over 300 minutes of action.
Holding the second-worst attacking record in Germany’s top-flight, you might be interested to know that Paderborn can be found priced at 5/4 with Ladbrokes to draw another blank this weekend.
Dortmund’s title charge is over?
Hit with a devastating 1-0 defeat at home against Bayern Munich in midweek and now sat seven points adrift of the defending champions, Dortmund have all but fallen from the title picture for another year.
However, still winning six of their last seven Bundesliga outings, Head Coach Lucien Farve should be pleased with his side’s continued displays away from Signal-Iduna-Park.
Including a 2-0 win away at European contenders Wolfsburg last weekend, the Yellow and Blacks have collected 12 points out of a possible 15 over their last five matchups on the road.
Bagging at least a pair of strikes in each of their last six Bundesliga matches outside of rural Germany, you might be interested to know that Dortmund can be found priced at 4/11 with Paddy Power to once again bag over 1.5 goals on Sunday.
Elsewhere, having to limp off against Bayern earlier in the week, BVB have confirmed that attacking talisman ErlingHaaland has sustained a knee injury and will miss this weekend’s trip to the Benteler-Arena.
With the former Red Bull Salzburg star set for a spell on the sidelines, England international Jadon Sancho will be hoping to make his first start following the return from the enforced break.