Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim 29 August 21

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Match Day 3
Borussia Dortmund vs Hoffenheim
Saturday, August 28th, 2021
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Signal-Iduna-Park

Borussia Dortmund:   
Last five matches form: W W W W L
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)

Last five matches form: W D W W D
Average goals per match (20/21): 1.53
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.59
Top Scorer (20/21): Andrej Kramaric (20)

A lack of consistency has plagued Borussia Dortmund for the last couple of seasons now in what is turning into an annual vein pursuit of the title. And if the opening two games of the season are anything to go by, their fans could be in for more of the same this time around.

Impressive in battering Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 in their home opener, Dortmund weren't anything like so convincing when beaten 2-1 at Freiburg last week. Back in front of their own fans on Match Day 3, they will be hoping to return to winning ways as Hoffenheim come to town.

Hoffenheim themselves have begun the season in solid enough fashion, winning 4-0 at Augsburg in their opener, before being held to a 2-2 draw by Union Berlin at home last time out.

Hoffenheim did well to pick up a point courtesy of a 2-2 draw in the game here last season, with Dortmund winning 1-0 in the reverse fixture.

Nico Schulz, Mateu Morey and Marius Wolf are all expected to miss out for the home side. Hoffenheim will be without Ermin Bicakcic and Benjamin Hübner

Having hit six goals across their opening two games, Hoffenheim are respected going forward and will likely cause the hosts problems. Overall though that attacking style may come back to haunt the visitors facing a Dortmund outfit who are devastating on then counter.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 4 - 2 Hoffenheim


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots: 24 - 10
Shots on target: 13 - 5
Corner Kicks: 4 - 7
Possession: 59% - 41%
Referee: Felix Zwayer

Borussia Dortmund: Mahmoud Dahoud (Yellow), Thomas Meunier (Yellow)
Hoffenheim: Christoph Baumgartner (Yellow), Stefan Posch (Yellow), Dennis Geiger (Yellow)

49 minutes 1-0 (Giovanni Reyna): Jude Bellingham advancing centrally and slipping the ball through to Reyna ahead of him. Reyna taking a touch forward and finishing nicely into the bottom right from the edge of the area and central.

61 minutes 1-1 (Christoph Baumgartner): Baumgartner timing his run well and slipped into the right of the area by Dennis Geiger. Baumgartner firing home into the bottom left from seven yards out towards the right corner of the six-yard box.

69 minutes 2-1 (Jude Bellingham): A cross in from the left only partially cleared to Bellingham just inside the area to the right of centre. Bellingham controlling on his chest and volleying home really well into the bottom left.

90 minutes 2-2 (Munas Dabbur): A corner played in from the right-hand side, Kevin Akpoguma doing well to win the flick on at the near post and Dabbur arriving to prod home from only around a yard out at the back stick.

90+1 minutes 3-2 (Erling Braut Haaland): Dortmund straight back on the front foot and causing chaos with a ball into the area. Oliver Baumann getting down to parry one effort out to the left, but there was Haaland to smash home into the top left from around four yards out to the left.

Analysis: A thriller at Signal-Iduna Park, and one which the hosts did deserve to win, for all that they only did so in dramatic fashion in the end. Having dominated the stats though Dortmund would have been a little unfortunate not to have come away with the points.

League Standings: Dortmund sit in fourth spot with Hoffenheim down in eighth.

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