VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund / Bundesliga – After nine rounds Wolfsburg occupies place in the middle of table while Borussia is at the leading position having big nine points more. The difference was bigger two rounds ago when Wolfsburg won, which put an end to its six-game winless streak, while Borussia merely drew at home that ended its six-game winning streak. In the course of this week both teams reached the third round of the DFB-Pokal, although Borussia unexpectedly had more problems than expected. Last season Borussia won in Wolfsburg by sound 3-0.
VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund begins 03.11.2018 at 15:30 CET
Wolfsburg showed two faces so far this season. In short, it started with three wins in a row and currently is also in a mini-winning series of two triumphs, but in between them Wolfsburg couldn’t win anyone in six matches. Its results in that winless streak is three draws and three defeats, while if we count only Bundesliga matches it is then by three wins, draws and defeats.
The Wolves put an end to the winless streak in Dusseldorf where they defeated Fortuna by 3-0, while in the DFB-Pokal they won in Hannover 2-0 last Tuesday. It makes two away victories with a clean sheet but against teams positioned in the drop zone, and that shouldn’t be measure of their capabilities ahead of match with leading Borussia. It is obvious they harbour high ambitions in the DFB-Pokal as manager Labbadia had replaced only Steffan and Brakalo, and instead he gave chance to Rexhbecaj and Mehmedi compared to match in Dusseldorf. Now, we expect to see Brekalo back in the starting line-up.
Probable lineups VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – William, Tisserand, Brooks, Roussillon – Arnold, Gerhardt, Rexhbecaj, Brekalo – Ginczek, Weghorst
Borussia occupies the leading place in the table, it passed further in the Cup and plays well in the Champions League, so it seems that everything is just perfect. We should add that Borussia is the only Bundesliga team that is still undefeated this season, however, they showed certain weaknesses in two previous matches, both played at home, with Hertha and second-division Union Berlin in the DFB-Pokal. Borussia won both by 2-2 and matches were indeed similar; Borussia had a lead two times and its rivals had managed to equalise in very finishes of those matches.
So, they lack focus near the end of match, although the attack still functions well. Borussia often scores more than two goals, while in the Cup against Union Berlin it scored the third one near the end of stoppage time and reached next round. Manager Favre had played with reserve team in the DFB-Pokal but now the strongest one goes on the pitch, where out of action are two wingers Piszczek and Schmelzer.
Probable lineups Borussia Dortmund: Burki – Hakimi, Toprak, Zagadou, Guerreiro – Witsel, Delaney – C. Pulisic, Reus, Sancho – P. Alcacer
VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund PICK
Wolfsburg plays a bit better; it won two times in a row but that doesn’t qualify them for a favourite to win, although it could score a goal or even two. Borussia has problems with it defence recently but on the other hand it scores with ease, so this match in Wolfsburg could easily turn into an efficient one.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.65 at pinnacle (down to 1.57 can be played)
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