Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg 15 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 14, 2018, 10:20 PM

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Borussia Dortmund vs Wolfsburg

Borussia Dortmund will be aiming to win their third straight Bundesliga game under new head coach Peter Stoger.

They will have to do it without the promising starlet Christian Pulisic and Raphael Guerreiro, who suffered knocks at the club's training camp last week.

Wolfsburg will be without defensive rock John Brooks, who is out with a toe injury. Liverpool loanee Divock Origi is expected to lead the line following the departure of Mario Gomez.

Wolfsburg have lost their fast five Bundesliga games against Dortmund, conceding 18 goals. They currently sit 14th, only three points and a game in-hand above Werder Bremen, who occupy the final relegation spot.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Wolfsburg

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Wolfsburg
  • Shots: 13-7
  • Possession: 51%-49%
  • Corner kicks: 6-7


Star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not involved for the home side due to disciplinary reasons - Dortmund head coach Peter Stöger later confirmed this was due to him missing a team meeting - so in his place, two teenagers - Englishman Sancho and Swede Alexander Isak - were handed full Bundesliga debuts. Andriy Yarmolenko missed his first, but not last, excellent chance from close range, while Wolfsburg showed their own attacking intent when Daniel Didavi drew a smart stop from Roman Bürki after a neat flick from Yunus Malli. Dortmund did get the crowd on their feet shortly before the interval when Isak poked a shot against the upright after neat work from Mario Götze.

Dortmund emerged a different team after the break, starting with a gorgeous counter-attack that somehow ended with Yarmolenko blazing over from eight yards, before Sancho then hit the woodwork from a tight angle. Yarmolenko skewed another shot off target soon after, while the Wolves retained a threat themselves and Malli was a constant menace, but Roman Bürki saved well from Divock Origi and William efforts. There was still time for Sancho to have one more effort charged down and Schürrle to volley wide, but without Aubameyang, Dortmund came up short.

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