Borussia Dortmund return home this weekend following two away games to entertain Borussia Monchengladbach at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday (5.30pm BST).
The wheels appear to be coming off for Dortmund in recent games, picking up only the single point from a possible six.
Jurgen Klopp’s side went to Hamburg last weekend and were favourites to continue the home side’s poor form in the league. A surprise result ended 3-2 to Hamburg and an end to Dortmund’s unbeaten run, one which reached 31 games in the league.
The champions of Germany were also caught out in midweek in their trip to Frankfurt. Klopp’s side were ahead 2-0 early in the game, but they were unable to prevent the home side from levelling. The result ended in a 3-3 draw and a number of questions about the champions.
The thing with Dortmund is that their fantastic run was always likely to come to an end. Their impressive form in the league is something that has been tested by the added weight of Champions League football. There’s certainly a balancing act that needs to be found between the two competitions.
It’s also not really a problem with personnel in the team, the goals are coming from all over the pitch. Marco Reus, Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski have all bagged more than one goal so far this season. But perhaps it’s the mental aspect of the game from the defence.
Interestingly, we’re seeing similar things happen at Barcelona, where the intensity is waning somewhat and the team are not winning the ball back quickly enough.
Dortmund noticeably play a similar game to the Catalans, focusing on quick passing and movement and stunning their opposition with creativity from many outlets on the field.
It’s also worth pointing out that Dortmund suffered a similar blip at the beginning of last season, allowing a sizeable gap between themselves and leaders Bayern Munich. But it was their form in the second half of the season that saw them through, a run which saw the team get a result from all of their games.
Jurgen Klopp also has a full squad ahead of their next game, with only Sven Bender needing to return. Possibly a cure for the leaky defence?
The visit of Monchengladbach this weekend should be not be greatly different to the problems Dortmund have had in their past two games. Lucian Favre’s new-look side are still finding their way in the league this season, but they do have the personnel to hurt Dortmund on the break.
Gladbach came from behind in their last game in midweek to snatch a draw from Hamburg at Borussia Park.
Defensive summer signing Alvaro Dominguez grabbed the late equaliser to add to the point earned at Leverkusen last weekend.
Gladbach currently sit in 10th place in the league, but despite only the solitary win, Favre’s side are looking committed and dangerous in their games. Perhaps a need for the team to grow into a successful unit following a number of changes in important roles.
It will be an interesting match up this weekend between two of the most exciting strikers in the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski will once again lead the line for Dortmund, while Luuk de Jong will be looking for goals at the other end of the pitch. Two fantastic strikers but two who need to start to find their rhythm.
Dortmund v Monchengladbach Betting Tips Prediction
With both teams conceding plenty of goals between them in recent games, I certainly fancy a few more goals to fly in during this encounter.
Dortmund are still the heavy favourites and it’s easy to understand why. I expect them to get back to winning ways against Gladbach, but not without a few scares along the way.