A Big Berlin Battle: Dortmund Chase Bundesliga Summit Against Hertha

Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund

It’s been an interesting time in the German top flight, and the stage is set up for a grand finale at the top!

Bayern Munich have finally reclaimed the top spot in the Bundesliga, but they are only ahead of Borussia Dortmund by a mere two goals. They may have struggled as of late, but they have a chance to catch up if they win against Hertha Berlin.

us markets will undoubtedly give the advantage to the BVB, and they have no business losing this match when they are in the business of winning the league. However, Dortmund have shown a tendency to trip whenever they look too far ahead. Berlin were also one of the sides that gave them a proper headache during the season’s early days.

Talking Points

Dortmund need a hero to step up

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While the situation cannot be called a bottle job just yet, it’s hard to deny that Lucien Favre’s boys are having a lacklustre 2019. They need to turn things around in the league if they want to finish the season on a positive note.

They probably regret not scoring against a struggling Nurnberg as those points could have kept the Bavarians at bay. Their shocking loss to Augsburg before their frustrating elimination from the Champions League also leave a bad taste in the mouths of the Yellow Wall.

The worrying run of form also continued for much of their league game against Stuttgart, and it looked like they were bound to choke their way out of the championship. It was fortunate for them that Christian Pulisic stepped up and gave a performance to remember at the Signal Iduna Park.

They know that this form cannot continue and they need to make a way to consolidate their form and keep the pressure on their Bavarian rivals. They have the players to help them secure the feat, but they also those same players to step up their game.

The last couple of games showed how poorly the strikers have been misfiring as of late. Both Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer haven’t stood out the same way they did compared to the earlier weeks of the season, and they need to rediscover their scoring form quick.

Jadon Sancho is doing a wonderful job from the right wing and will definitely perform for the Black and Yellows, but he needs the rest of the team to step up and finish the chances he creates. While the team assures that he will still be playing for the BVB next season, they need to win games like this to keep him in Germany.

No-pressure Berlin can do it again

A quick look at the league table will tell you that Berlin is not a team the BVB’s passionate supporters should worry about. They do not have big-name players in their roster, and their inconsistent form sees them settle down at tenth.

Ondrej Duda looking forward to fire Hertha Berlin to victory when the two sides meet in Bundesliga

Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda and team mates remonstrate with referee Harm Osmers

However,  a more detailed inspection of their Bundesliga 2019 results will tell you a different story. They secured a fantastic 3-0 victory away at Borussia Monchengladbach. They also managed to compete with Bayern Munich for a good chunk of their 1-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.

Pal Dardai has a wealth of dependable players who can step up if needed. Ondrej Duda is doing well up front, leading the team with his 10 goals. Marko Grujic, Jordan Torunarigha, and Valentino Lazaro are also playing well on the defensive end. Niklas Stark has been an outstanding young defender that Bayern Munich are interested in his services.

Make no mistake: this team can definitely play with the best of them. The BVB better put their best foot forward if they want to get the win at the Olympiastadion.

History

These two sides are established Bundesliga regulars, and they have faced each other in football games for at least 66 times since the German top flight’s establishment in 1962. The BVB won 30 of those games with Berlin winning 18 of them. The remaining 18 results were draws. The quality of performances the two sides have put out are painfully obvious: the BVB have produced 116 goals, 29 goals more than Die Alte Dame.

Their latest league game is a cautionary tale for Dortmund fans, though: the BVB had the lead for a good chunk of this October 2018 match, but Salomon Kalou put on a man-of-the-match performance and was key in denying Dortmund the victory.

Betting Tip

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Hertha Berlin vs Borussia Dortmund Over 2.75 Goals @ 1.96
March 17, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Bundesliga 2019 odds still see Dortmund as favourites to win this fixture, but their recent form put a huge question mark in bookmakers’ heads. Do the BVB still have what it takes to handle the pressure and keep it up with Bayern Munich until the end of the season.

This writer believes that Dortmund can still eke out a win against Berlin, but the path to the three points will be anything but easy. Sancho should produce a goal in the first half, and either Alcacer or Pulisic should finish the job from the bench.

However, it is also highly possible that Duda and friends can spoil Dortmund’s season and pull off a legendary victory. Given the way the team has performed against better competition, I will not be surprised if this ends in another 2-2 draw or a classic 2-1 upset.

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Bundesliga: Sancho Inspires BVB to Priceless Win

Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayer Leverkusen

BVB passed a big test today with a hard-fought victory over an excellent Bayer Leverkusen side to go three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.

Former Dortmund coach Peter Bosz can be proud of his players after they came back to equalise once and then pegged the hosts back again in the second half. But a superb performance from Jadon Sancho won the game, scoring one and making an assist as he tormented the Bayer backline all afternoon.

Lucien Favre’s team has been under pressure after a series of draws, with FC Bayern breathing down their necks so this was a huge win which means the Bundesliga 2019 betting odds still can’t pick a winner. And now the passionate fans of Dortmund will hope their side can gather some momentum again.

Highlights of the game

It was an even opening half hour with both sides testing each others’ defences and looking confident on the ball. Julian Brandt was industrious for the visitors and he did well to provide an opening for Sven Bender but his shot was blocked. And Kai Havertz came close with a shot from outside the box.

We said this was a must-win game for BVB, and their fans were looking for their English prodigy Jadon Sancho to weave some magic. He was soon in the action cleverly heading down for Julian Weigl but his effort was charged down by the well organised Bayer defence. Sancho had a chance of his own, taking a pass from Mario Gotze but his low shot was well saved in the corner. But he was the man who provided the opening goal, crossing for Dan-Axel Zagadou who poked home from close range to send the Yellow Wall wild.

But the lead only lasted seven minutes and it was Bayer’s in-form strikers who linked up to equalise. Havertz passed to Kevin Volland just outside the penalty area and he shot low and true into the bottom right corner.

The home crowd was briefly silent…briefly. Just one minute later Abdou Diallo sent a dangerous cross into the Leverkusen box and Sancho was there to fire into the bottom left corner.

Bayer came out brightly at the start of the second half without really coming close and then the Yellow Wall erupted again on the hour when Mario Gotze fired a beauty from outside the box into the bottom corner of the net to make it 3-1.

Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund players celebrates Mario Gotze's goal

Mario Gotze celebrates with his team mates after putting Borussia Dortmund on a 3-1 lead against Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen wasn’t finished though and when BVB’s Raphael Guerreiro fouled Havertz in a dangerous position Brandt lined up a free-kick and delivered a beauty onto the head of Jonathan Tah who nodded it into the net to set up a nervy final 15 minutes.

Brandt almost sprung the offside trap when Havertz put him through and the visitors had a flurry of late corners but the hosts held out for a priceless three points after a very tense six added minutes.

The Yellow Wall sighed with relief and then raised the roof once again.

Key Statistics

When the earlier Bundesliga 2019 results arrived in Dortmund it was Bayern’s narrow win over Hertha Berlin which struck a chord and meant the Bavarians had drawn level. But BVB stayed calm under the pressure and delivered for their fans.

Leverkusen came into the game in fine form, with four wins conceding three goals in five games so this was a tough test for BVB which they passed well. And it ends a run of three consecutive draws for the hosts.

And that means Dortmund has inched ahead in the head to heads with a 20th victory over Bayer since 1992 while the visitors are on 19.

What’s next?

BVB is away to FC Augsburg next week where their opponents will be equally desperate for points, sitting just above the drop zone after three consecutive defeats. And then it’s back to Champions League action when Favre’s team will try to overturn a three-goal deficit against Spurs.  Asian handicap betting is the way to play that game so make sure you take a look at the us odds over the next week.

Dortmund needs an early goal in that one and then the passionate home fans can get into the game. Who knows?

Leverkusen is at home to SC Freiburg next, their visitors are unbeaten in four and sitting in 13th place. Bayer is still in the Euro hunt, sitting in seventh and a single point behind sixth, and only five adrift of a Champions League spot.

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Delaney keeping Sancho grounded

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney says Jadon Sancho is a massive talent but the teenager still has a long way to go to reach his full potential.

Sancho has become a revelation since leaving the Premier League champions Manchester City to join Dortmund and has helped the club to a current position at the top of the Bundesliga.

With BVB preparing to face Tottenham in the Champions League in the last 16 on Wednesday night, Delaney has been impressed with Sancho's progress but feels there is still much more to come from the young Englishman going forward.

"Jadon is a big, big talent, with talent comes opportunities and he has them for sure," Delaney said.

"But he is still 18 years old and he has done amazing. He is not where he is supposed to be, he is a rough diamond, he will get there.

"We try to keep him on the ground because he has a big, big future in front of him and he will do great things, but it takes hard work."

Tottenham are 23/20 to win, 5/2 to draw and 13/5 to lose to BVB at Wembley.

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Champions League: Big Ambitions at Spurs and BVB

Tottenham Hotspur vs Borussia Dortmund

Lucien Favre takes his Bundesliga leaders to North London on Wednesday night as BVB aims to take an important step towards the Champions League quarterfinals.

They face a Spurs team, beset by injury but on a fine run of form, and equally determined to dominate at home as well as in Europe. Champions League Spurs vs BVB is undoubtedly one of the ties of the round as we enter the last 16 phase of Europe’s premier competition.

Mauricio Pochettino is almost certain to be without Spurs skipper and talisman Harry Kane, but his team is on a run of three consecutive wins, while Favre’s side has had league draws with Frankfurt and Hoffenheim and a cup stalemate with Werder Bremen. Does that mean Spurs has the edge at home? Maybe so, but they will be under serious pressure to make it count.

Talking Points

Spurs thrive without star men

In the absence of the injured Kane and Dele Alli Spurs have found a way to keep on winning and stay in touch with the Premier League leaders. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was the hero on Sunday as Pochettino’s men beat Leicester City 3-1. The France stopper saved a penalty from Jamie Vardy and kept his side’s nose in front to take three valuable points.

Christian Eriksen was on target with a beautiful second-half strike against Leicester and Heung-Min Son scored a late breakaway as the Foxes looked for a leveller. Eriksen and Lucas Moura each have two Champions League goals and they will be the men to watch in Kane’s absence.

Spurs came back from the dead in their Group B campaign to qualify, thanks to a late Moura equaliser against Barcelona. So the hosts will be determined to make the most of their second chance. But pressure on this talented side to win some silverware is mounting, after exits in the Carabao and FA Cups they are left with the two big ones. But lifting the Premier League or the Champions League might be a step too far at this stage of Spurs’ evolution.

Dortmund still in pole position

Champions League: Jadon Sancho's form has seen him become a key component of Borussia Dortmund

Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Borussia Dortmund against Hoffenheim

Favre’s BVB enjoyed a more relaxed journey to the last 16, losing just once en route to topping Group A ahead of Atletico Madrid. And the Dortmund giants have had a sensational domestic season so far. Now they need to show they can deliver at the business end of the season.

BVB is still top of the Bundesliga by five points, but after two draws FC Bayern has come into view and, after a poor start to their season, is ominously just five points behind. Favre’s team has a great chance to end Bayern’s six-year dominance of the German league but they must hold their nerve. And, of course, we’ll be following all the Bundesliga drama and action as it unfolds right here at us.

The Germans were dealt a blow in the cup draw with Werder Bremen as influential striker Marco Reus picked up an injury and is unlikely to feature. But Favre’s team has plenty of firepower.

Young England starlet Jadon Sancho was the star of the show as BVB drew at home to Hoffenheim this weekend, scoring a goal, as did the club’s Champions League top scorer Raphael Guerreiro. But the league leaders conceded two late goals when the points looked to be in the bag, and skipper Lukasz Piszczek will be determined his defence stays awake against the threat of Spurs’ talented attackers.

History

The hosts have a slight edge in the previous Spurs vs BVB results, winning three, losing two and drawing one. The Whites beat Dortmund twice in the Champions League in 2017, but the Germans put Spurs out of the Europa League Round of 16 a year earlier.

BVB’s top scorer in Europe, Guerreiro, has four goals as has Kane for Spurs. The home captain will be missed, but his team is on a run of three consecutive home wins.

Betting Tip

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Borussia Dortmund Over 2.50 Goals @ 1.83
February 14, 04:00 (GMT+8)

The hosts may be on a fine run of form at home, but their three wins have come against Leicester City, Watford and Newcastle United, none of which can claim to have the ability and firepower of BVB.

Nevertheless, the Spurs vs BVB betting odds pitch Pochettino’s men as favourites at a price of 2.35, with the draw at 3.50 and BVB at 3.05.

Spurs would love to take a lead to Dortmund where they will face over 80,000 fans and the legendary Yellow Wall, the 12th man for BVB. But they will have one heck of a battle on their hands at Wembley. I’m pretty sure we’ll see goals in what promises to be an entertaining clash, and for an alternative bet a 2-2 draw at 12.50 wouldn’t be a surprise.

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Bundesliga: Sancho the Star but Dortmund Show Title Jitters

Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Hoffenheim

So, will there be a new name holding aloft the Bundesliga title this season?

There remains a long way to go and, no doubt the Bundesliga 2019 betting odds have many twists and turns remaining.

As it stands, Borussia Dortmund remain in pole position and are full of confidence to put their name back on the trophy after six successive championships for Bayern Munich.

But this could be the day they look back on and realise their failure to hold onto a commanding lead could haunt them.

Highlights of the game

As they welcomed Hoffenheim to town, Dortmund knew they could ill afford a slip-up and; they never looked like slipping for long spells.

For those us fans with an interest in the England national team, the match-up between young talents Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson – both of whom have been consistent this season (seven and six goals respectively) –  was always going to catch the eye.

Indeed, Sancho thought he had made it eight for the campaign, but his early strike was ruled offside. The young Englishman actually wasn’t but, as a clearance bounced off him and into the net, his team-mate Maximilian Philipp had been moments earlier.

The frantic start at an extremely wet Signal Iduna Park didn’t see many chances created. But slowly but surely Lucien Favre’s team began to take control.

Even without talisman Marco Reus, there were signs the hosts were upping the tempo just before the deadlock was broken.

You can’t keep a good man down, and Sancho produced one of the Bundesliga 2019 highlights with a superb finish.

Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was left with no chance as the youngster fired a shot across goal and into the bottom left-hand corner.

Lift-off for Dortmund with their first effort on target.

Another young talent in the home ranks, Achraf Hakimi, was nearly celebrating himself a short time later as Baumann managed to tip his shot away for a corner. But the second goal did arrive two minutes before the break.

Mario Gotze, the man who crowned Germany as champions of the world in 2014, was the milestone marksman and Sancho the creator.

He cut in from the left-hand side and called Baumann into a fine save, but the ball came straight out to Gotze who gleefully tapped home into an empty net.

Five minutes after the restart and Raphael Guerreiro went close to adding a third, although the visitors showed a glimpse of their quality, too, when Joelinton played a one-two with Nico Schulz, but his powerful shot went narrowly wide.

Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim draw 3-3 in Bundesliga

Players celebrate as Hoffenheim clawed its way back from three goals down

Joelinton again proved his threat, showing both power and pace before testing goalkeeper Roman Burki who Dortmund were grateful for again to deny Ishak Belfodil after he turned neatly in the box.

The visitors were building momentum but failing to reduce the arrears appeared to have cost them dearly midway through the second period.

Again, Sancho was the inspiration. He backheeled the ball and nutmegged his marker in the process to play through Gotze, who cut it back to Guerreiro for the simplest task with Baumann stranded.

A goal out of nothing which seemed to have, temporarily at least, moved Dortmund 10 points clear at the top (Munich play later and Borussia Monchengladbach were defeated at home by Hertha Berlin).

Nelson was introduced for the visitors who immediately pulled one back.

Pavel Kaderabek, who had gone close moments earlier, saw his cross reach Belfodil and he poked the ball through Burki’s hands to claim a consolation.

Sancho almost capped a man of the match display with another goal but hit the post, and the visitors threatened a nervous closing stage when Kaderabek added a second seven minutes from time, heading in off the far post.

Paco Alcacer came close to a fourth but then, the unthinkable happened for the hosts.

Belfodil flicked on a Dennis Geiger delivery to send the away fans into raptures and Dortmund, distraught.

A turning point in the title race?

Key statistics

Gotze’s strike was his 50th career goal in the Bundesliga. He has also been involved in four goals (two goals, two assists) in his last five matches in the German top flight.

Sancho, 18, is the youngest player in Bundesliga history to have reached eight goals.

This was the first ever time childhood friends Sancho and Nelson have shared a professional pitch.

What’s next?

It’s off to Wembley next for Dortmund as they travel to meet Spurs in the Champions League.

They return to domestic action with a trip to lowly FC Nuremberg on February 18 before entertaining Bayer Leverkusen and former manager Peter Bosz who they will be wary of after their impressive recent display against Munich.

Hoffenheim entertain strugglers Hannover a week today (February 16) before travelling to fourth-placed RB Leipzig.

 

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Sancho enjoying Dortmund life

Former Manchester City starlet Jadon Sancho is happy that he took the chance to join Borussia Dortmund, where his career has blossomed in recent times.

The 18-year-old forward opted to head to the Bundesliga outfit in August 2017 and has since become a regular for a BVB side who are in pole position to win the German league title this season.

Sancho's form, which has seen him score six times in 19 league appearances so far this term, has also been good enough to see him earn a senior England call-up, with the talented youngster having won three caps to date.

He told FourFourTwo: "Why Dortmund? It speaks for itself: youngsters get opportunities.

"You've got to thank Dortmund, because it's unheard of for a team that gets 80,000 fans at every home game to put so much faith in youngsters.

"It was crazy how many clubs wanted me – it shows how well you're doing – but I always felt Dortmund was right for me."

"A few people weren't sure when I first told them about Dortmund, but I felt this was the best journey for me. I like trying new things, so it didn't really faze me and look at how it's worked out now."

Dortmund are available at 4/5 to be crowned Bundesliga champions this season, while they are 3/1 to lift the DFB-Pokal.

BVB are also through to the last-16 of the Champions League, where they will take on Tottenham Hotspur.

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The Bundesliga Heats Up as Leipzig Welcome a Confident Dortmund

RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund

We’re now past the midway point of the Bundesliga season, and the race at the top of the table is picking up the pace to match the exciting matches on the way.

Dortmund still stand strong at the league summit as their 13 league victories give them an outstanding 42 points. With Bayern Munich hot on their tails, though, the BVB are hard-pressed to keep on winning their league games.

Things won’t be so easy for Lucien Favre and his men in yellow and black’s first match of 2019: they will face the mighty Red Bulls of Leipzig. This testy battle will not be easy for a team that has stumbled a bit to end 2018, but they should have more than enough quality to get a positive result.

Talking Points

Dortmund look to start the year right

Dortmund are stepping hard on the gas in order to push Bayern Munich for the title. They are still ahead of the defending champions, being the only football club in the German top flight with only one defeat to their name.

While being at the top sounds nice to the Signal Iduna Park faithful, Favre is probably more adamant in reminding everyone that the fight is not over as long as there are still some football games to play. After all, Dusseldorf ruined their holidays by providing the shocker of the season and defeating the then-undefeated giants.

Dortmund managed to end the year on a positive note by winning the Battle of the Borussias, but they cannot afford to sit still with Bayern only eight points away from their throne. They need to start another brilliant run wherein they win against every opponent they face.

Jadon Sancho is all set to give Borussia Dortmund another victory against RB Leipzig in their upcoming Bundesliga clash

Jadon Sancho celebrates with teammate Marco Reus

The BVB have the necessary personnel that they need to succeed, but they have to make sure that they manage to keep their core together. Clubs are already knocking at their door for Jadon Sancho’s services, but the club assured everyone that the talented teenager will be wearing a Dortmund shirt until the end of next season.

Moreover, they also bolstered their already-impressive defence with the arrival of Leonardo Balerdi from Boca Juniors. The highly-rated defender will be a huge boon to an already tough Dortmund backline, but the defence as it is should be able to soak Leipzig’s attacks without any pressure.

Leipzig can climb further at home

Leipzig haven’t returned to the shocking form they had when they caught the league off-guard and finished second in their Bundesliga debut, but that doesn’t equate to them being terrible. In fact, they are still playing entertaining football at a very high level.

The Red Bulls are the current gatekeepers of the four Champions League spots in the Bundesliga table, and they are doing a pretty good job in staying fourth. Their 31 goals have helped them snag nine wins and four draws for a grand total of 31 points. Wolfsburg is just behind them with 28, though.

The Wolves aren’t the only thing Ralf Rangnick should worry about. They have developed a worrying trend wherein they struggle on the road. Every single one of their losses and two of their draws games away from the Red Bull Arena. The team’s youth probably explains why they struggle on the road so much.

Moreover, Timo Werner is making Bundesliga 2019 news as he attracts interest from all over Europe. Teams like Real Madrid and Liverpool snooping around for the Germany international, which is understandable as the Germany international has scored 11 goals for the club already.

However, Leipzig is still tied down to the club until the end of next season. They will count on him to bang in goals and further knock Dortmund down a peg.

History

The two Bundesliga giants have only played each other five times, but the results have been so tight that RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund odds will be interesting in itself.

The first duel between the two sides ended in a sound win for the Red Bulls at the Red Bull Arena. However, the current score between these two sides is two victories each and a single draw in March 2018.

The latest game between these two clubs was one-sided: Dortmund started the season on fire when they took down the Red Bulls to the tune of 4-1 early in the season.

Betting Tip

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RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund -0.25 @ 2.49
January 20, 01:30 (GMT+8)

It would be nice if Leipzig manage to pull off another upset in order to make the season a lot more interesting, and the us Bundesliga markets show support to the sheer quality this young team has.

However, it would be a disservice to even think that Dortmund wouldn’t be able to win this match even by a single goal. They have quality defenders in Axel Witsel and Lukasz Piszczek. They have attackers that can wring in goals in Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus. They also have capable midfielders in Raphael Guerreiro and Thomas Delaney.

This should be chalked up as a win for the league leaders. The Asian Handicap market offers a perfect bet for the discerning punters. If you want more winnings, you can go check the Over-Underand Total Goal markets.

It’s highly unlikely that another 4-1 result for Dortmund would occur, but the probability of that happening would reward adventurous bettors with 75.00.

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Bundesliga: Can BVB Take Their Revenge vs Werder Bremen?

Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen

The Bundesliga revenge tour continues for Borussia Dortmund. This time, they have their eyes set on Werder Bremen who will be hoping to replicate their success against the Yellow Wall last year.

BVB’s 2017-18 campaign didn’t go as planned. And with only 15 wins, 10 draws and nine defeats, it’s no wonder they finished just fourth, behind Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 and Hoffenheim.

Werder Bremen were one of the teams that made life hard for Dortmund last season. Just like Schalke’s performance against BVB, the River Islanders won one and drew the other in their home-and-away fixtures.

However, Dortmund are different this year. They are currently leading the league by a fairly comfortable margin and are well on pace to end the Bavarians’ dominance in Germany.

Talking Points

BVB, a different beast under Favre

Lucien Favre, perhaps, is the best thing that happened to BVB this year. He transformed the club to legitimate contenders, and that is clear with the optimism surrounding the club and the city.

Favre is yet to win a silverware, but he can have one soon if he helps Dortmund maintain their hot start. The 61-year-old manager has already overseen a club-record 14-match unbeaten run to start the Bundesliga, making BVB one of only three teams in Europe’s top four leagues to stay undefeated in domestic top-flight competition.

The Yellow Wall, with 39 league goals so far, retained their identity as an attacking team. Under Favre, however, they have improved immensely at the back and have conceded just 14 times in as many games.

Another difference between this year’s Dortmund side and their 2017-18 version is their ability to turn draws into wins. BVB’s 3-2 win in Der Klassiker is the best proof for that, with Favre masterminding a come-from-behind victory after trailing twice in the game.

Their battle with Augsburg earlier last October is another example, as Dortmund came out 4-3 winners after seeing three deadlocks in a span of 90 minutes.

The Youth Revolution

Paco Alcacer has undoubtedly been the biggest revelation for BVB. He is the competition’s top scorer with 10, nine of which are scored as a substitute. Nonetheless, the 25-year-old former Barcelona man isn’t the only one who has thrived under Favre.

Bundesliga: Jadon Sancho is now being considered as one of Dortmund's key players

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Schalke

Jadon Sancho and defender Achraf Hakimi have also gotten a fair share of the Bundesliga 2018 highlights, thanks to their consistent display.

Sancho and Hakimi are following in the footsteps of American wonderboy and  BVB star Christian Pulisic, sparking Dortmund’s youth revolution anew.

Sancho has already scored five league goals, including the winner in the Revierderby against Schalke. Remarkably, the 18-year-old rising star has also assisted his teammates six times in the German top flight.

On the other hand, Hakimi was recently named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for the second time in three months. According to the official league statistics, the 20-year-old defender has made 30 interceptions and has won 80 percent of his aerial duels this November.

Under the weather Werder

While BVB continue to flourish, Bremen are struggling and have been disappointing, to say the least.

Although Florian Kohfeldt’s men beat the likes of Schalke, Hertha Berlin and Frankfurt, they are having a hard time stringing wins together and are yet to show consistency on both ends of the pitch.

They took down bottom club Fortuna 3-1 recently, but they hadn’t won in four league matches prior to that. In fact, they have only picked up four points out of a possible 15 in their last five fixtures in the competition.

The River Islanders have scored almost as many as they have conceded (24 and 23), and it doesn’t help that their best scorers are Maximilian Eggestein and Yuya Osako who have only seven markers combined.

History

As mentioned, BVB failed to beat Bremen in their home-and-away fixtures in the 2017-18 campaign. The River Islanders edged Dortmund, 1-2, at Signal Iduna Park in their first meeting before playing out a 1-1 stalemate in the next game.

For their part, Dortmund will find some solace from the fact that they have dominated their other battles against Bremen in the 2010s. In 17 meetings, BVB won 13 times and lost just three, with the other one ending in a draw.

It’s also good news for the home side that they are on a five-game winning streak at Signal Iduna Park in all competitions.

Betting Tip

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Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen Borussia Dortmund Correct Score 2-0 @ 8.75
December 16, 01:30 (GMT+8)

Dortmund, unsurprisingly, are overwhelming favourites at us. The Bundesliga 2018 odds suggest a one-sided affair, with a massive plus handicap given to Werder Bremen just to even things out.

I don’t think Bremen will put up much of a challenge—not now that Dortmund are brimming with confidence after their recent Bundesliga and Champions league exploits.

It’s worth noting, though, that Bremen have not conceded more than two goals in all of their away games this 2018-19.

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Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen Borussia Dortmund Correct Score 2-0 @ 8.75
December 16, 01:30 (GMT+8)

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Bundesliga Review: Sancho is Dortmund’s Revierderby Hero

FC Schalke 04 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

The players and the fans of the Revierderby understand just how important of a fixture this is in the Bundesliga season. Not only does this six-pointer can affect Dortmund’s stint at the summit of the German top flight, but the winners of this game also have the rights to call themselves the best in the Ruhr region.

At some point in the game, it seemed like the game would end in a draw, but a fresh face brought many a Schalke fan to their knees. Jadon Sancho’s superb goal in the second half ensured that the BVB get the important three points and the bragging rights as Revierderby winners.

Highlights of the game

Daniel Caligiuri equalised from the spot vs Dortmund in Bundesliga

Schalke’s Daniel Caligiuri celebrates scoring their first goal

Both sides knew coming in that they aren’t only laying claim to the title of Ruhr’s best: Schalke have a lot to gain if they beat the league leaders as they are currently struggling to keep themselves in the top half of the table. Their most recent Bundesliga 2018 results have been a mixed bag, and they can use a huge victory against the league leaders to jumpstart a positive run.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Dortmund managed to strike first. Alessandro Schopf made a poor foul in a dangerous area, and Marco Reus took the free kick to the box. The captain’s kick went straight to Thomas Delaney, and the Danish midfielder headed the ball past Ralf Fahrmann and into the goal.

Delaney stressed how important this game was for them, and his go-ahead goal in the seventh minute set them up for a good game against their bitter rivals. Pre-game Schalke vs Dortmund odds are quite tight as both teams step up to the occasion, so having every bit of advantage was nice for Lucien Favre’s lads.

It seemed for a bit that Schalke were about to get equal after Axel Witsel appeared to have handled the ball in the 11th minute. However, hopes were dashed when the referee didn’t point to the spot after checking with the VAR.

The game raged on as the hosts were adamant in getting back into the game. The supporters of Die Knappen were always cheering their team and howled at the BVB whenever the guests had the football. The VELTINS-Arena was almost silenced once more when Paco Alcacer almost scored in the 19th minute, though.

Guido Burgstaller gave the fans enough reason to cheer when he found enough space to have a crack at goal, but Roman Burki managed to stop his efforts. That would turn out to be his last notable effort for the game as he was subbed out in the 36th minute. The half also ended without much happening in the half.

Domenico Tedesco demanded more from his players, and the players did everything they can to respond in kind. They upped the pressure and made sure to make life a lot more difficult for the league leaders. Their pressure worked as the BVB struggled to get things going in the reset.

Things looked up for Schalke when Marco Reus took down Amine Harit inside the box. The referee first let the game continue, but persistent protests from Tedesco’s side convinced Daniel Siebert to check with the VAR.

He awarded the penalty after checking with the VAR, and Daniel Caligiuri stepped up to the plate. He outwitted Burki in the spot-kick as he sent the ball to the bottom right.

It looked for a while like Dortmund would have to make do with another draw. However, things eventually stabilised for the BVB and they played fantastic football. The growing tempo eventually ended in delight as prized wonderkid Jadon Sancho flew in to save the day.

He engaged in a one-two with Raphael Guerreiro and got free for a one-on-one with the keeper. He managed to beat Fahrmann and send the ball to the bottom-right corner for the winner.

Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro tried to secure the game with a third goal, but they were unfortunately denied their goals. Fortunately for them, Sancho’s winner took out the wind out of Schalke as they played with less effort. While their win here isn’t as clean as their dominant triumph against Freiburg, it’s clear that this is a win they can be proud of.

Key statistics

Both keepers weren’t exceptionally busy through 90 minutes as both teams didn’t make the most out of their chances. Borussia Dortmund had 53% possession and 10 goal attempts, but Fahrmann only had to make one save. Meanwhile, Burki had to pull off one more save.

Jadon Sancho is making a case for himself as a key cog in Borussia Dortmund. He is the sixth-highest rated player at 7.25, just behind the incredible Paco Alcacer. He also has five goals and six assists to his name. Dortmund will have a rough time fighting off suitors for his services in the coming summer.

What’s next?

Borussia Dortmund's players line up to thanks fans after their Bundesliga win over Schalke

Borussia Dortmund’s players celebrate after the match

The us Bundesliga market is continuing to get exciting: Bayern Munich are now looming closer, but the BVB have established a dominant nine-point lead over the rest of the league. If they keep on winning their games against Bremen and Dusseldorf, they should have no problem clinging at first place. However, they have to beat Monaco in the Champions League first.

Meanwhile, Schalke have a three-game winless streak that they have to break. They can start by beating Lokomotiv Moskva at home in the Champions League. They can then focus on beating Augsburg and Bayer Leverkusen to get back on the top half of the table.

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Revierderby: Time for a Bundesliga Payback!

Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund failed to beat Schalke in their two Revierderby fixtures last season. However, the current Bundesliga leaders are ready to change that when they meet again at Veltins-Arena.

Schalke, who finished second last season and eight points ahead of fourth-placed BVB, are struggling and have failed to meet the high expectations that come with being a top-four team. They have only four wins so far and could find themselves in the battle for relegation if they don’t improve.

Meanwhile, Dortmund took the league by storm with their unbeaten start to the campaign. There were initially outsiders to win the title this year, but Lucien Favre has done a great job catapulting the team from pretenders to legitimate contenders.

Sure enough, the Royal Blues—when everything clicks—are capable of holding their ground against the Yellow Wall, but are Dortmund really going to mess up against an out-of-sorts squad?

Talking Points

Seriously, who could ever forget about the epic 4-4 draw between these two clubs last season?

Back then, Dortmund appeared to be on their way to an easy victory after scoring four massive goals in the opening 25 minutes. In typical Revierderby fashion—one founded on hard work and dedication—Schalke pulled off what seemed to be impossible and clawed their way back with four strikes in the final 35 minutes of play.

In hindsight, that was a telling sign of how the campaign would go down for both teams.

RELATED: [FLASHBACK] Highlights of Schalke’s 4-4 Draw vs Dortmund

Sure enough, a repeat of that memorable stalemate is unlikely…but it makes for an interesting storyline that will undoubtedly be mentioned in most Bundesliga 2018 news.

Schalke went on to win the reverse fixture at home, 2-0, thanks to goals from Naldo and Yevhen Konoplyanka. Unfortunately, they won’t have their hopes up on replicating that success, especially with their offence severely lacking variety and playmakers.

Domenico Tedesco will attempt for a giant-killing as they face the Bundesliga leader in Revierderby

Domenico Tedesco giving commands from the touchline

Domenico Tedesco’s men have only scored 14 times through 13 matches this 2018-19, which puts them on pace to make just 32 this year—far from their 53-goal tally last year. Moreover, they have already conceded 18, making their regression even more noticeable.

It doesn’t help that Swiss forward Breel Embolo (metatarsal fracture) and former Hoffenheim frontman Mark Uth (thigh muscle strain) are both expected to be sidelined due to injuries.

In contrast, Dortmund are on the rise and seem unstoppable right now, especially with the worries of qualifying for the next round of the Champions League out of their minds.

Favre’s charges are fresh from taking down Freiburg 2-0 to stay undefeated and get their fourth straight league victory. Both Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus were on target to propel BVB to what is unarguably their best start in recent memory.

Dortmund, especially the players who were with them last year, are certainly raring to take their revenge on Schalke. And they have a great chance to do so now that they have the momentum on their side.

Super-sub Alcacer continues to impress and has now hit 10 markers, the best tally in the Bundesliga. Furthermore, Reus isn’t far behind with nine (on top of four assists), good enough for joint second top-scorer with Frankfurt’s Sebastien Haller.

Christian Pulisic’s calf injury is concerning, but Dortmund have enough depth with the likes of Axel Witsel, Jadon Sancho, Mario Gotze and Jacob Bruun Larsen capable of picking up the slack.

History

As mentioned, Dortmund failed to beat Schalke last year. To be more precise though, BVB’s winless run versus the Royal Blues stretches back to 2016.

The last time Dortmund won against Schalke was in 2015, with Shinji Kagawa, Mathias Ginter and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all finding the back of the net in a 3-2 victory at Signal Iduna Park. The Yellow Wall drew four and lost one of their five encounters after that.

Interestingly, in three of those five meetings since 2016, BVB find themselves ahead before collapsing (that includes the 4-4 draw). In April 2016, the then Thomas Tuchel-coached squad led twice but eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Almost the same thing happened in April 2017, with the team sharing the spoils after Thilo Kehrer cancelled out Auba’s 53rd-minute opener.

Betting Tip

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Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund Dortmund 1X2 @ 2.20
December 08, 22:30 (GMT+8)

Dortmund have the advantage, but the Bundesliga 2018 betting odds at us suggest that a draw is also a possible result.

Considering the two club’s recent performances, it’s easy to see why another stalemate might be in the books. Nonetheless, I doubt that will be the case. Schalke lack the tools to keep up with Dortmund offensively, and they aren’t deep enough to get quality performances from their subs.

While Dortmund could have a hard time scoring, I still think they’ll come out on top.

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