Preview - Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund 21 August 21

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Match Day 1
Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, August 21st, 2021
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Dreisamstadion

Freiburg:   
Last five matches form: L W D L D
Average goals per match (20/21): 1.53
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.53
Top Scorer (20/21): Vincenzo Grifo (9)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W W W W
Average goals per match (20/21): 2.21
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.35
Top Scorer (20/21): Erling Braut Haaland (27)

Borussia Dortmund's title challenge tailed off in the end last season, and having lost Jadon Sancho over the summer, many are predicting that they will do well to go close this time around. What Dortmund do still have though is one of the most fearsomely effective forwards in world football in the shape of Erling Braut Haaland - a player who seems to give them a chance in any game.

Having run riot with two goals and three assists in an opening day win over Eintracht Frankfurt at home, the next step for Haaland and co is this trip to the Dreisamstadion to take on a Freiburg outfit who picked up a goalless draw on the road at Arminia Bielefeld in their opener.

It was honours even between the sides last season - Freiburg winning 2-1 in this one and Dortmund coming out on top 4-0 in the reverse fixture.

Nils Petersen is the only confirmed absentee for the hosts. Dortmund are expected to be without Mateu Morey, Marius Wolf and Reinier although there are also doubts surrounding a number of others in the squad.

Freiburg were solid enough at home last term with seven wins and six draws from their seventeen fixtures, scoring two or more eleven times and conceding two or more on six occasions.

Dortmund won nine of 17 on their travels, scoring two or more on eleven occasions and conceding two or more nine times.

This has the makings of a thriller, and as ever we are keen to side with Haaland in such a scenario. Away win.




Prediction: Freiburg 2 - 3 Borussia Dortmund


Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 7 - 18
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 0 - 10
Possession: 24% - 76%
Referee: Robert Schröder

Cards:
Freiburg: Ermedin Demirovic (Yellow)
Borussia Dortmund: Donyell Malen (Yellow), Mahmoud Dahoud (Yellow), Manuel Akanji (Yellow), Raphael Guerreiro (Yellow)

Goals:
6 minutes 1-0 (Vincenzo Grifo): Wonderful opener from the hosts. Awarded a free kick 25 yards out and slightly to the left. Superb effort from Grifo, firing a right footer up and over the wall and arrowing into the top left corner.

53 minutes 2-0 (Roland Sallai): A really well worked goal on the counter from Freiburg. Roland Sallai advancing towards the area and finding Woo-Yeong Jeong overlapping to the left. Jeong clipping a ball back across and Lucas Hoeler heading back into the centre. Sallai the man on hand to slam into the bottom right from six yards out and central.

59 minutes 2-1 (Yannik Keitel (og)): Felix Passlack found down the right-hand side and whipping a low ball across the six yard box. Attackers and defenders were moving goalward to get to it with the touch coming off the leg of the unfortunate Keitel around six yards out to the right of centre, hitting the keeper but still making its way over the line and in for the own goal.

Analysis:
Freiburg miles behind on the possession in this one, but they were still effective in matching Dortmund in terms of shots on target.
Nevertheless, a frustrating afternoon for the visitors, who were a little unfortunate to come away with nothing to show for their efforts.
Jude Bellingham came close to getting an equaliser soon after the opener when seeing a header following corner clatter back off the left-hand post. Had that gone in things may well have been different.

League Standings: Freiburg sit fourth, with Dortmund sixth.


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