Borussia Dortmund kick-start their 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign by welcoming Borussia Monchengladbach to Signal Iduna Park.
(Unibet odds above – Dortmund win/Draw/Gladbach win)
The Bundesliga’s most exciting fixture of the opening weekend will see Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach go head-to-head, with each side desperate to embark on a winning start to their respective campaigns.
Picking a winner between the two teams, however, is easier said than done. Both have exciting young talented squads, with just four points separating them in last season’s standings. Whatever the outcome, it should be a close one.
Borussia Dortmund Form & Stats
Lucien Favre’s side is one of the most exciting and promising in all of Europe, with talented young stars such as Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland. That alone, however, won’t be enough to dethrone Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund need to deliver right from the offset and consistently bag the results to challenge the European champions. Anything less, they’ll fall apart just like the previous two campaigns.
Losing Achraf Hakimi wasn’t ideal either, but Thomas Meunier should prove an adequate replacement. While Favre did well to sign Real Madrid’s Reinier Jesus on loan and Jude Bellingham on a €26.5m deal from Birmingham.
On the pre-season front, meanwhile, BVB came out strong and thrashed Duisburg 5-0 in their first game of the 2020/21 campaign in a round one DFB-Pokal clash on Monday – a perfect warm-up.
Key Team Stats
- Won their last 10 league games against Gladbach.
- None of their last 49 meetings with Gladbach have ended at 0-0.
- Lost three of their last four home league games.
- Over 2.5 goals in five of their last six home games against Gladbach in all competitions.
Borussia Monchengladbach Form & Stats
Gladbach head into the new season brimming with confidence after pipping Bayer Leverkusen to a fourth-place finish last term and, crucially, Champions League qualification for 2020/21.
Marco Rose’s men should prove difficult foes for anyone, let alone Dortmund, to beat. It will be interesting to see how they fare among Europe’s elite and in the Bundesliga at the same time.
The prime target for Gladbach will be to consolidate their spot inside the top-four season. Die Borussen, therefore, need a victory this evening to ensure a smooth start. Beating lower-league side Oberneuland 8-0 in the DFB-Pokal last weekend would’ve helped.
But will their atrocious record against Dortmund come back to haunt them? They’ve lost in 10 straight league games, leaving us to wonder whether the 11th time will be the charm or not.
Key Team Stats
- Won their last three league games.
- Scored at least two goals in last three league games.
- Ahead at both half-time and full-time in last three league games.
Dortmund & Gladbach Team News
Dortmund: Dan-Axel Zagadou, Marcel Schmelzer (injured); Nico Schulz, Mateu Morey (doubts).
Gladbach: Breel Embolo, Valentino Lazaro, Andreas Poulsen (injured); Laszlo Benes (doubt).