The hosts are in jeopardy of dropping out from the top 4 in Bundesliga if they don’t win on Saturday, so take a loot what we think in our Dortmund vs Stuttgart Preview.
Dortmund Recent Form & Team News
Borussia Dortmund have provided entertainment at both ends, with six of their last seven competitive matches featuring both teams score (W3, D2, L2). However they’ve been slow starters recently, conceding first in their last three Bundesliga outings (W1, D1, L1), twice inside the opening ten minutes. They’re more of a second-half team though, netting 86.36% of their league goals this term after HT, and 63.16% after the 60th minute.
The hosts have now lost two consecutive home league games via a one-goal margin, and their Bundesliga home fixtures have witnessed just one strike before the 30th minute this season (W3, L2). Nevertheless, Dortmund have scored first in four (80%) of their five home league matches this term, and haven’t drawn in 14 such games (W9, L5) – their last eight wins therein came to nil.
Player to watch: Dortmund’s Marco Reus has scored nine league goals against Stuttgart and netted in the last two H2Hs.
Hot stat: Defeat would see Dortmund lose three consecutive home league games for the first time since Nov-Dec 2013. They’ve lost two successive Bundesliga home fixtures three times since, their record in the match thereafter is: W2, D1.
Lucien Favre cannot count on Manuel Akanji (knee), Mahmoud Dahoud (illness), Thomas Delaney (back), Erling Haaland (muscle), Thorgan Hazard (muscle), Thomas Meunier (muscle), Mateu Jaume Morey (muscle), and Marcel Schmelzer (knee),
Stuttgart Recent Form & Team News
Stuttgart snapped a five-match winless streak (D4, L1) when beating Werder Bremen 2-1 in the last round, which was their sixth consecutive game in which both teams scored. They’ve shown character to recover six points (W1, D3) after conceding first in five league fixtures this term, but the fact they’ve won just one of the last 16 league H2Hs will be a worry (D5, L10).
With the league’s third-highest points per Bundesliga away game average (2.2) ahead of this round, 78.57% of Stuttgart’s Bundesliga points have arrived via road trips. Furthermore, four (57.14%) of their seven second-half away league goals this campaign came after the 75th minute.
Player to watch: Silas Wamangituka’s brace against Bremen made it three goals in as many Bundesliga matches.
Pellegrino Matarazzo will be without Hamadi Al Ghaddioui (groin), Gonzalo Castro (suspension), Momo Cisse (groin), Daniel Didavi (hip), Nicolas Ivan Gonzalez (knee), and Erik Thommy (elbow). Maxime Awoudja is questionable with an Achilles tendon injury.
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