Favre content despite falling short

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre believes his side have enjoyed a fine season, despite the disappointment of having just missed out on the Bundesliga title.

BVB ended their domestic campaign by winning 2-0 at Borussia Monchengladbach, with Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus their goalscorers.

However, Bayern Munich swept to a 5-1 home victory against Eintracht Frankfurt to secure a seventh straight league crown, finishing two points ahead of Die Schwarzgelben.

And, while admitting to a tinge of disappointment at missing out, Favre was also full of praise for the way his side performed over the campaign as a whole.

He told reporters: "In the end it is clear that we are a little disappointed by the result of the championship, but we won our game.

"There was a little missing to the title, but we are still very happy with our season. Nobody would have thought that we would get 76 points.

"It was tight this season. We haven't missed much, overall you can say that we conceded unnecessary goals.

"But we must not forget that we had good luck in the first half of the season. We turned around some games at the very end. That's why I always said that we still have much to do.

"Of course we always want to have another good season like this – 76 points is not easy to reach, that is clear."

Meanwhile, Bayern are 2/7 to defeat RB Leipzig in the final of the DFB-Pokal, with Die Roten Bullen priced at 5/2 to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

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Bundesliga: Dortmund Victory but It’s Game Over

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Borussia Monchengladbach 0-2 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund finished off the Bundesliga season with an impressive win away to Monchengladbach, but it wasn’t quite enough for Lucien Favre’s team to win the title.

As we entered the final day, it was always FC Bayern’s to lose as the Bavarians started with a two-point lead. And that’s how it ended as the champions beat Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena to pip BVB to the post.

But this was a consummate performance from the runners up, as Jadon Sancho gave the visitors a lead on the stroke of half-time before Marco Reus added a second to make the points safe.

It’s been a cracking season for us Bundesliga fans. A game of cat and mouse as Favre’s team got off to a flyer and were chased by the slow-starting Bayern side for much of the campaign. After a wobble, BVB recovered to take the race to the final day, but in the end, the title returns to Munich.

Highlights of the game

Jadon Sancho's goal helps Borussia Dortmund get a win against Monchengladbach in Bundesliga

Jadon Sancho celebrates with teammates after scoring Borussia Dortmund’s first goal against Monchengladbach

The hosts are resigned to losing Belgium star Thorgan Hazard to Dortmund in the summer transfer window, but he made a start today and was determined to leave on a high. He had the first effort of the game, taking a pass from Oscar Wendt. But his shot from the left side of the penalty area was charged down.

BVB needed a win to keep their Bundesliga hopes alive. Marco Reus met a Mario Gotze cross but directed his header just wide. Die Fohlen hit back and when Josep Drmic found Jonas Hofmann just outside the area, his shot flew narrowly wide.

Dortmund had another chance from a Christian Pulisic corner when Lukasz Piszczek rose highest, but his header missed the target. And when Reus had a chance from a free-kick he shot just past the post.

Then in two dramatic minutes just before the break, VAR took centre stage as Dortmund pressed for a half-time lead.

First, Reus appeared to be chopped down in the box by Matthias Ginter, but after VAR was consulted the Monchengladbach defender had a reprieve. Moments later, BVB had the ball in the net. Reus crossed for Sancho, who slammed it into the top right corner.

The away fans celebrated but then went quiet as the referee consulted VAR again to see if the ball had gone out of play before Reus crossed. But after three agonising minutes, the goal stood and the Yellow Wall went up again.

The half-time Bundesliga 2019 updates revealed that FC Bayern held a one-goal lead at the Allianz Arena so BVB fans were left hoping for a second-half miracle in Bavaria.

But their team was determined to finish their own part of the deal. Reus had two early efforts before doubling the lead on 54 minutes. In his last game for BVB, Pulisic was in superb form and he crossed for his skipper to convert from close range.

Pulisic then had a shot of his own blocked. Sancho also came within a whisker of making it three, but his deflected shot bounced back off the post.

The miracle in Munich never came as Bayern destroyed Frankfurt, 5-1, but BVB had pushed them all the way.

Key statistics

The Borussia Monchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund betting odds pointed to a tight affair and so it was in a first half in which the visitors dominated possession. But both sides managed just four shots each, and BVB had the one on target.

In the end, the visitors were good value for their win at pre-match betting odds of 2.20. They finished with 70 per cent possession, 12 shots to seven, with three on target while Die Fohlen didn’t manage a single one.

Dortmund have increased their dominance in the head-to-heads, now doubling Monchengladbach’s wins in this fixture since 1992, making it 28 to 14. And Favre’s team is now unbeaten in eight games against Die Fohlen.

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What’s next?

Favre will be in the market to strengthen his team again. American star Christian Pulisic is heading to the Premier League to join Chelsea on a £58m deal, and the BVB boss will work hard through the summer to put his club in a position to challenge again next season.

Dieter Hecking’s Monchengladbach missed out on Champions League football after defeat today as Bayer Leverkusen took the fourth spot with an impressive 1-5 win away to Hertha Berlin. So it’s Europa League football for Die Fohlen.

 

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Hazard hoping for Dortmund deal

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Thorgan Hazard hopes to be able to seal a move to Borussia Dortmund at the end of the current campaign.

The 26-year-old Belgium international joined Die Fohlen from Chelsea in the summer of 2014, initially on loan, and soon impressed enough to secure a permanent move, penning a five-year contract which runs until the summer of 2020.

However, he would now like to take up an opportunity to join BVB, having scored 45 goals in 176 appearances in all competitions for Gladbach.

He told VTM Nieuws: "I still have one year left on my contract, but I have already indicated that I would like to take a new step in my career.

"We now have to wait for an agreement between the clubs. That takes time, but that's just how it goes with negotiations."

Meanwhile, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has again dismissed speculation linking several major clubs with an interest in young English forward Jadon Sancho.

He told Sky Sports: "We do not expect anything and we do not want anything, because he is in our plans. He will play for Borussia Dortmund next season, nobody needs to get in touch."

Sancho has been a huge hit for BVB since his arrival from Manchester City in the summer of 2017, scoring 13 goals in 52 appearances to date for Die Schwarzgelben.

This season he has netted 12 times and provided 19 assists in 40 outings for BVB in all competitions.

Dortmund are currently priced at 9/1 to win the Bundesliga title this season, with Bayern Munich available at 1/20.

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There’s No Room for Bundesliga Slip-ups Now

SC Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund

They are not making it easy for themselves – far from it in fact.

However, Borussia Dortmund have a real chance of ending Bayern Munich’s six-year domestic dominance.

As we enter the final stages of the Bundesliga campaign, Lucien Favre’s men remain in the hunt for a first title since 2012.

Yet it is exactly fixtures like this where they have struggled in the past and cannot afford to slip up this time around.

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They had some nervous moments late on but Dortmund overcame Mainz last weekend thanks to a super show from the young talent Jadon Sancho.

Now they need a similar result, particularly as they will be playing after Munich and find themselves four points adrift.

Although Freiburg have not won in four matches, they held Bayern to a 1-1 draw a little over a fortnight ago, so the visitors will know this encounter will provide a challenge.

Raphael Guerreiro and Christian Pulisic, who has agreed a move to sign for Chelsea next season, both missed out last weekend and in the 5-0 drubbing to Bayern a fortnight ago.

And in further good news for the challengers, top scorer Paco Alcacer will hope to make it off the bench at the very least. He missed the Bayern game through injury and watched as an unused substitute against Mainz but has three goals in his last two starts.

In goalkeeper Roman Bürki, Maximilian Philipp and Ömer Toprak, there are three former Freiburg players who will be keen to remind their former employers of their talents, while Favre’s team will be guaranteed Champions League football next season should they avoid defeat.

Avoiding defeat is unlikely to be enough, however, as only victory will realistically suffice.

In contrast, Freiburg may well be without their joint-top scorer Nils Petersen who isn’t expected to recover in time.

SC Freiburg are unbeaten in their last four home matches in Bundesliga

Christian Streich giving instruction from the touchline

Christian Streich’s side will miss him but will still pose a threat at set-pieces. They have been one of the Bundesliga most dangerous sides at set-pieces this term and last season Freiburg hit a league-high 18 of their 32 goals (56.3 per cent) from dead-balls.

They will certainly hope Luca Waldschmidt is back. Twelve different players have scored for Freiburg so far this season but it’s Petersen and Waldschmidt who have accounted for 16 of the south-west club’s 39 leagues goals.

The expectation is for a Dortmund triumph – can they deliver when the pressure is on?

History

You have to go back to May 2010 for the last time Freiburg defeated Dortmund. That was a 3-1 success. Since then, the clubs have met on 15 occasions with two draws and Dortmund winning the other 13 times.

Both those matches were last season. This corresponding fixture ended goalless before Freiburg snatched a 2-2 draw at the Signal Iduna Park thanks to a Petersen double.

In fact, it would have been more had Jeremy Toljan not scored a last minute equaliser.

Earlier this season, Dortmund ran out 2-0 winners with captain Marco Reus (penalty) and Alcacer on target.

Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 15 matches against Freiburg, but Favre has not won in Germany’s sunniest city in four attempts as a coach (drawn one, lost three).

Betting Tip

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SC Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund, Asian Handicap -1.00 @ 1.92
April 21, 21:30 (GMT+8)

The us Bundesliga betting odds on the title race remain intriguing and close to call.

There’s nothing close about what is available for this one though.

Dortmund are priced 1X2 @ 1.53 and Asian Handicap odds offers prices of -1.00 @ 1.89 and -1.25 @ 2.20.

In contrast, as the Black Forest club look for the win that would secure their safety for another season with room to spare, they are priced 1X2 @ 5.80. Even the draw is offered at an unlikely @ 4.20.

Asian Handicap on a Freiburg success sees bets of +1.00 @ 2.04 and + 1.75 @ 2.33.

If you expect goals in a contest in which sides have been far from convincing at the back, then look at over 3.00 goals @ 2.00 or over 3.25 goals @ 2.29.

There’s also total goal 2-3 @ 2.06 and total goal 4-6 @ 2.75 to assess, while the Double Chance or Draw – Freiburg or Draw – is offered @ 2.39.

A repeat of last season’s draw in this fixture – correct score 0-0 – is available @ 16.00. For Dortmund to repeat their victory earlier in the season – correct score 0-2 – you will find odds of @ 8.00.

Anything other than victory and the prize drifts closer to Munich.

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Bundesliga: Sancho Double Sees Dortmund Past Mainz

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 FSV Mainz 05

Borussia Dortmund may have been on the wrong end of an embarrassment against Bayern Munich a week ago, but the race for the Bundesliga is far from over. Not with Jadon Sancho in such scintillating form!

The young Englishman is making plenty of people sit up and take notice this season, and his German adventure may yet end up with him scooping the biggest domestic prize available.

Certainly, with some tensions in the champions’ camp, there could be an opportunity for Dortmund to take advantage of a slip-up, which they themselves couldn’t afford.

Highlights of the game

Dortmund made only one change from the drubbing a week ago with Julian Weigl coming into the starting line-up.

An early goal would have been the ideal start for the hosts, and only the width of the post prevented that inside seven minutes.

Sancho’s short corner to Mario Gotze saw the ball come off Mainz midfielder Danny Latza and onto the far post before bouncing to safety.

Jacob Bruun Larsen then fired wide before testing visiting goalkeeper Florian Muller after great work by Sancho, as the hosts made an enterprising start.

But the young Englishman was not to be denied and broke the deadlock a few minutes later.

Marius Wolf’s long ball to Gotze was pinpoint and his control and delivery to Sancho warranted a goal. The 19-year-old delivered as he smashed the ball beyond Muller.

Six minutes later and it was that man again.

This time, Gotze, Reus, and Thomas Delaney teamed up. The Danish midfielder cut the ball back to Sancho, who pulled away from his marker to power a left-foot shot home — with the aid of a deflection.

It could have been three for Dortmund had Bruun Larsen not dragged his shot wide after bursting past Aaron Martin as Lucien Favre’s men took control.

If Dortmund are to end Bayern Munich’s six-year domestic dominance, they need to stay alert at the back. An opening half of home Bundesliga 2019 highlights nearly saw the gloss taken off as they allowed Mainz a big chance in first-half stoppage time.

Jean-Philippe Mateta raced into the box and found Karim Onisiwo, who was unfortunate when his clever turn and flick saw the ball clip the outside of the post.

Mainz players test Roman Burki in the second half of their Bundesliga match

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki in action against Mainz during their recent Bundesliga clash

Spirited Mainz also twice tested Roman Burki early in the second half. The luckless Onisiwo then poked the ball past the home custodian only for it to come back off the post for a second time.

When they needed it the most, good fortune was with Dortmund. While they were under spells of pressure, they managed to hold out until six minutes from time.

Moments after Reus clipped the ball wide after a 1-2 between Sancho and Gotze, Robin Quaison poked the ball home after a scramble in the box. Burki had just made a superb save to deny the lively Onisiwo seconds earlier.

Burki then saved Dortmund’s skin in quick succession from substitute Anthony Ujah as they survived to pick up the win.

In their last home game, Paco Alcacer was the last-gasp hero; this time the name of Sancho was the one on most fans’ lips.

Both challengers can win the title, but the Bundesliga 2019 betting odds on Dortmund rely heavily on youth and experience from Sancho and Marco Reus. The Dortmund native has led from the front in this title race with 15 goals and six assists in just 23 appearances.

While this may have been one of his quieter games, his importance to the cause has been underlined by their record with and without him.

When the 29-year-old plays, Dortmund average 2.36 points and score 2.59 goals per Bundesliga game. In his absence, those numbers drop to 2.0 and 1.75 respectively.

Reus firing on all cylinders is crucial to bringing the Bundesliga title back to Dortmund for the first time since 2012.

For the first time in a while, us fans have a Bundesliga title race on their hands.

Key statistics

Aged 19 years and 19 days old, Sancho is the youngest player to score 11 goals in Bundesliga history.

He has 11 league goals and 13 assists in his 29 league games this season. No player in any of Europe’s five major leagues has more assists than the English wing wizard this season.

Of their 25 meetings, Dortmund have defeated Mainz 14 times in the Bundesliga with Mainz triumphing four times. Mainz won 2-1 at Dortmund last season, the last time they were defeated at home.

The Black and Yellows’ total of 66 points from 29 games is more than Jurgen Klopp’s side had at the same stage in 2010/11 and 2011/12 – campaigns when they were crowned champions.

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What’s next?

Dortmund have five matches remaining in the season. They next travel to Freiburg on Easter Day before they take on rivals Schalke in the Revierderby.

As for Mainz, they entertain Fortuna Dusseldorf a week from today, which is followed by a trip to Hannover 96.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Borussia Dortmund Over 2.50 Goals @ 1.83
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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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