Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Freiburg 29 February 20

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Match Day 24
Borussia Dortmund vs. Freiburg
Saturday, February 29th 2020
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Signal-Iduna-Park

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.83
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Jadon Sancho (13)

Last five matches form: L L W D L
Average goals per match: 1.35
Average goals against per match: 1.43
Top Scorer: Nils Peterson ( 8 )

With only six points separating the top five sides, we look to have the most wide-open title race in years in the Bundesliga, which should hopefully lead to an exciting conclusion to the season. Of those top five sides, Borussia Dortmund are amongst the first up on Match Day 24, as they play host to ninth placed Freiburg.

Only three points off the top six themselves, Freiburg shouldn't be lacking when it comes to motivation in this one, but will that be enough?

There was nothing to split the sides in the reverse fixture, with the game in Freiburg ending in a 2-2 draw. Dortmund came out on top by a 2-0 score-line in the game here last season.

Marco Reus looks like being the only absentee for the home side. Freiburg must make do without Chang-Hoon Kwon, Lukas Kübler and Amir Abrashi.

Dortmund are on a decent run at present with five wins in their past six in the Bundesliga. Having beaten PSG in the Champion's League in their most recent home fixture, they likely won't be short of confidence headed into this one. Last season's runners up are unbeaten in twelve so far at home this season, scoring two or more in ten of those fixtures.

Freiburg have been decent in avoiding defeat in eight of twelve on the road, but do have just the one win in their past nine on the road. They do tend to get amongst the goals though having notched two or more in seven of twelve.

Goals would look to be on the menu in this one, with the Erling Håland led home side take to edge it.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 4 - 2 Freiburg


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 16 - 13
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks:  6 - 4
Possession: 65% - 35%

Just the one booking in this one, with Emre Can of the home side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Robert Hartmann.

Not a vintage performance from Dortmund by any means. They did boss possession, but having manufactured only two shots on target, they certainly weren't at their creative best. In the end though one goal was all they needed, as, despite playing pretty well, Freiburg were unable to find a way through.

Dortmund did start brightly enough, and were certainly the side doing much of the pressing in the early exchanges. As such it was no great surprise when they took the lead in the 15th minute. Thorgan Hazard found in the left of the area, beating his man and laying the ball across goal. Jadon Sancho the man with the simple task of slotting home from seven yards with the keeper having been drawn towards Hazard.

Both sides were having their moments in the remainder of the first half, but were largely being restricted to efforts from outside the area. 1-0 at the interval.

The game continued in much the same vein in the second half; Julian Brandt driving wide for Dortmund, and Jonathan Schmid curling an effort wide for the visitors.

The visitors were pushing for an equaliser and created a golden opportunity when Nils Petersen was presented with a free header in the area. His effort beat the keeper only to be cleared by Lukasz Piszczek on the line.

Dortmund were in the ascendancy late with Achraf Hakimi forcing an excellent stop from Alexander Schwolow, but in the end one goal was enough. 1-0 final score.

Dortmund move up to third on the back of his win and four points behind league leaders Bayern Munich. No change for Freiburg who remain in ninth spot ahead of the remaining Match Day 24 fixtures.

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