Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburg 10 Feb

Started by aaguerra90, Feb 08, 2018, 01:14 AM

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Match Day 22
Borussia Dortmund vs Hamburg
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
22:30 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches: W D D D W
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13)
   
Hamburg:
Last five matches: D D L L D
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Filip Kostic (4)

After three consecutive draws, Dortmund returned to winning ways last week. However, it required two goals from recently acquired Michy Batshuayi and an 84th minute winner from Andre Schurrle. Not exactly a straight forward win, but a win nonetheless.

Hamburg barely survived relegation last season, but remain in the doghouse this year. They sit second from the bottom and it seems like they are destined to go down to the second division. They did manage a draw last weekend against Hannover, but this week it doesn't seem like they will be as fortunate.

This should be a match to boost Borussia Dortmund's confidence. Dortmund have yet to win back to back games in 2018, this is their best opportunity to do so. BVB have some defensive deficiencies but are still a side with a strong attack, evidenced by the fact that they have scored more goals than anyone not named Bayern Munich. This does not bode well for Hamburg, as they struggle mightily on defense, especially away from home.

Hamburg may be able to find a goal due to Dortmund's defensive woes, but BVB's offensive firepower will overwhelm the visitors. Michy Batshuayi will be looking forward to adding to his goal tally in a Dortmund shirt.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Hamburg

aaguerra90

Half Time: 0-0
Full Time: 2-0
Shots: 6-6
Shots on target: 3-2
Corner Kicks: 2-4
Possession: 55-45

Marco Reus made his highly anticipated return after a long injury layoff in Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win versus Hamburg.

Reus seemed to not be missing a step as he split the defense open with a pass to Andre Schurrle in the first minute of the match. Schurrle's shot, however, was blocked.

A Roman Burki weak clearance almost cost Dortmund a goal, but Walace was unable to hit the target with his long distance shot.

The two sides would go into the half tied 0-0. It was a lot of back and forth play between the two teams, but neither created much danger. That would change after the break.

In the 49th minute Christian Pulisic would find Michy Batshuayi in the box. All the Belgian had to do was tap the ball in for an easy finish. Batshuayi has now scored three very important goals in two games for Dortmund, it's safe to say he's filling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's shoes quite well.

Mario Gotze would come in for Marco Reus in the 72nd minute, a substitution that would pay off in the end for manager Peter Stoger. In the 90th minute, as Hamburg searched for the equalizer Borussia Dortmund broke on a counter attack. Andre Schurrle dribbled past a couple of opponents and sent Gotze free with a through ball. The German didn't miss his opportunity and put the ball in the back of the net.

Great result for Borussia Dortmund as they are now in third place after Bayer Leverkusen lost to Hertha Berlin.

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