Preview - Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund 18 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 17, 2017, 05:53 PM

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Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund

Stuttgart may have the worst away record in the Bundesliga with six defeats, but they are a different animal on their own turf.

There, they have racked up four wins, a draw and conceded just one goal!

It hardly gives Borussia Dortmund much confidence as they seek for a pick-me-up after taking just one point in their last four league outings.

Defeat in the Der Klassiker, a 3-1 home loss to Bayern Munich, has left the Yellow & Black Brigade six points behind Bayern.

Christian Pulisic and Raphael Guerreiro should be well rested after staying in Dortmund during the international break, while Andre Schürrle is another attacking option after recovering from injury.

The biggest news, though, is that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not been included in the squad due to disciplinary reasons.

Last season's top scorer Aubameyang is without a goal in his last five competitive games.

Dortmund, however, have won the last four encounters in Stuttgart, scoring at least twice on each occasion.


Match Stats:

  • Stuttgart 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
  • Shots: 7-13
  • Possession: 43%-57%
  • Corner kicks: 5-4

Winless in four Bundesliga matches, Dortmund got off to the worst possible start as a calamitous mix-up between defender Marc Bartra and goalkeeper Roman Bürki gifted Stuttgart's Chadrac Akolo his fourth Bundesliga goal. The Congolese forward was played in again moments later, but this time Bürki made the save. BVB began to turn the screw, however, and their persistence was rewarded late in the half when Benjamin Pavard was penalised for handling a Mario Götze cross. Rob-Robert Zieler kept out Andre Schürrle's initial penalty, but could do nothing to stop Maximilian Philipp's superb first-time finish on the follow-up.

Any thoughts that the pendulum had swung in Dortmund's favour were vanquished soon after the restart as Josip Brekalo collected a long punt from Berkay Özcan and fired through the legs of Bürki to restore Stuttgart's lead. Özcan volleyed over in an all-action second half, before Dortmund's Andriy Yarmolenko had a well-taken lob ruled out for handball. Zieler thwarted Andre Schürrle, but Stuttgart held firm to inflict another damaging defeat on Peter Bosz's faltering charges.

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