Struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf hosts high-scoring Borussia Dortmund in round 31 of the German Bundesliga at the Merku Spiel-Arena on June 13, 2020.
Dusseldorf is looking for the upset here as they try to climb out of the relegation playoff position. Meanwhile, Dortmund still has a mathematical chance of catching up with Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title but the chances of Bayern losing all their games are almost impossible. That said, this match is still important to the visitors because they are looking to formalize their Champions League appearance.
Fortuna Dusseldorf enters this round 31 home match with a record of 5 wins, 10 draws, and 14 losses. They are currently occupying 16th place in the Bundesliga team standings which is in the relegation playoff spot. However, they are only three points away from safety.
In their last match, Dusseldorf came away with a 2-2 draw against TSG Hoffenheim. Fortuna Dusseldorf started fast and took a 1-0 lead after five minutes on a goal by Hennings. Hoffenheim scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead by Hennings would complete a brace and tie the game with less than a quarter of an hour left to play.
Hennings is Dusseldorf’s leading goal scorer this season with a total of 14 scored on the season. Midfielder Erik Thommy and Kenan Karaman each have netted six times this year for Dusseldorf. Thommy and Kevin Stoger lead the team with four assists each while defender Kaan Ayhan has three assists and two goals scored.
Fortuna Dusseldorf is tied for 16th in goal scoring with a total of 33 goals scored on the year. They are the 15th best defensive team in the Bundesliga with a total of 60 goals conceded. Dusseldorf is also tied for 13th in the league in assists with 23 while their goal difference of -27 is 16th overall.
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Borussia Dortmund head to this contest sitting in second place in the table with a record of 19 wins, 6 draws, and five losses. With 63 points, Dortmund is seven points behind Bayern Munich who has virtually locked up an 8th consecutive Bundesliga title. Bayern still has three matches to play but with the way they are playing, they won’t lose three straight games to let Dusseldorf catch up.
In their last game, Borussia Dortmund walked way with a narrow 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin. They controlled 63% of ball possession and had three shots on goal. Emre Can scored the match’s lone goal in the 55th minute to give BVB the lead that they would never relinquish.
Jadon Sancho leads BVB with a total of 17 goals on the season. Marco Reus and Erling Haaland have also scored double-digit goals this year with a total of 11 and 10, respectively. Sancho also leads the squad in assists with 16 while Thorgan Hazard has 13 assists while also scoring seven goals.
Dortmund is the second-best scoring team in the Bundesliga with a total of 81 goals scored this season. They are ranked 3rd in goals conceded with a total of 35 allowed this term. BVB is the top passing team in the German top flight with a league-best 71 assists this year.
These teams have played against each other in a total of 34 matches. Borussia Dortmund leads their all-time series with 19 wins. Dusseldorf has won seven of those matches while these teams played to a draw in nine other contests
Fortuna Dusseldorf has lost just once in their last five matches but only has one win during that span. They are heavy underdogs in this matchup but are expected to push hard to get much-needed points to avoid relegation. On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund has won eight out of their last nine Bundesliga matches. Their only loss during that period was to Bayern Munich so there is no doubt that this team is in terrific form right now.
Dusseldorf has displayed an improved offensive attack in recent games but their defense remains horrible as they have conceded 60 goals in 30 matches played. With their offense unable to compensate their poor defense, they could find themselves losing their Bundesliga spot at the end of the current season.
They will be without their 34-year old defensive midfielder Adam Bozek in this contest. Bozek collected his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend and is suspended for this match. Meanwhile, BVB is positive that Erling Haaland will return to action in this game. Haaland and Marcu Reus have returned to training and the former looks in good shape.
Fortuna hasn’t beaten Dortmund in any of their last three head to head matches although all those games were on the road. Borussia is the much better team here and they are also playing good football right now. I will pick Borussia Dortmund here but I think that Fortuna Dusseldorf won’t go down without a fight.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund (-286)
Alternate Bet – Both Teams to Score
- YES (-145)
- NO (+115)
Borussia Dortmund has won its last four away matches and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last six away assignments. Fortuna Dusseldorf has been in high-scoring contests lately as each of their last four matches has yielded 3+ goals. They have scored a total of 17 league goals in 15 home matches. I think both teams score here.
Prediction: YES (-145)