Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs RasenBallsport Leipzig 27 August 18

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Match Day 1
Borussia Dortmund vs Rasenballsport Leipzig
Monday, August 27th, 2018
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund:   
Last five matches form: L W D L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.88
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.38
Top Scorer 17/18: Maximilian Philipp (9)

Rasenballsport Leipzig:
Last five matches form: D L L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.67
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.56
Top Scorer 17/18: Timo Werner (13)

One of the big games of the opening weekend in the Bundesliga comes at the Westfalenstadion as last season's fourth placed finishers Borussia Dortmund play host to RB Leibzig who finished the season in sixth spot.

Dortmund have lost Andriy Yarmolenko and Sokratis over the summer, with both having moved to England. Overall they look a stronger unit this time around though with Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel all appearing to be excellent additions.

Leipzig's main issue this season will likely be attempting to replace the industry and energy of Naby Keita in midfield following his transfer to Liverpool. They don't look to have acted to replace him in the transfer market with their most interesting signing being the acquisition of young Brazilian striker Matheus Cunha from FC Sion.

Jacob Bruun Larsen is the only confirmed absentee for the home side. Marcel Halstenberg is out for Leipzig, who also have question marks against both Marcel Sabitzer and Kevin Kampl.

We really like the look of Dortmund's midfield this year, with Witsel and Delaney sitting behind the talented  attacking  trio of Marius Wolf, Christian Pulisic and Marco Reus. We suspect they will win the midfield battle against most sides in this division, especially here at home.

Leipzig remain one of the better sides in the Bundesliga, but we wouldn't be surprised to see Dortmund launching a legitimate title challenge this year and see them coming out on top.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 0 RasenBallsport Leipzig


Half time: 3 - 1
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots:  6 - 7
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 7 - 9
Possession: 46% - 54%

Two bookings apiece in this one, with referee Deniz Aytekin taking the names of Abdou Diallo and Mahmoud Dahoud for the home side and Dayot Upamecano and Marcelo Saracchi of the visitors.

If ever these was a match which emphasised the importance of taking your chances, this was possibly it. The visitors were actually marginally in front in all of the key stats here and yet came out on the wrong end of a hiding. Whereas Leipzig squandered their opportunities, Dortmund were ruthless with theirs.

And it all started so well for Leipzig too, with the visitors taking the lead in the very first minute. A spot of head tennis seeing the ball eventually fall kindly into the path of Jean-Kevin Augustin in the area. Augustin sweeping home past the advancing keeper.

Dortmund's leveller came in the 21st minute. Marcel Schmelzer's cross from the left being acrobatically headed into the bottom right corner by Mahmoud Dahoud.

This really was frenetic stuff at times and looked as though it could go either way. It was the home side who got the next goal of the game though. Marcel Sabitzer inadvertently flicking a free kick from the left-hand side past his own keeper and into the bottom right corner in the 41st minute.

It was to get worse for Leipzig before the break. Thomas Delaney's header from a corner was well saved by Peter Gulacsi in the 43rd minute, but Axel Witsel was on hand to turn in the rebound with an overhead kick from around a yard.

A lot calmer in the second half, but Marco Reus did add a little gloss to the scoreline in the 90th minute. Played in on the left hand side, the German international applied a cool side foot finish into the bottom right.

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