After a near-flawless performance against a dangerous Bayer Leverkusen, BVB looks to continue the upward trend and take second place back from “Die Blauen.”
As the rumours swirl around the possible departures of some key names in Dortmund’s recent history, things on the pitch have taken a turn for the better, if only temporarily.
We were all witness to the “coming-out-party” of Jadon Sancho last week, as “Götzeus” likewise resurfaced against Leverkusen. Indeed, BVB may have found a system that fits the team for the time being.
Whatever the case, the Black and Yellows need only do the bare minimum at this point, and the Champions League qualification they so desperately desire is almost a certainty.
Bremen can be a dangerous side, especially at the Weserstadion. Max Kruse, Zlatko Junuzovic, and Ishak Belfodil lead an attack that is more than capable of scoring a few goals.
The BVB back four showed massive improvements last week as Marcel Schmelzer sat in the stands. The Piszczek-Sokratis-Toprak-Akani setup was a complete success against a very good Leverkusen front line.
As the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” expect Peter Stöger to bring back the exact same starting eleven from a week ago. Whether or not they are able to duplicate last week’s success, is another story altogether.
BVB has lacked consistency since September. You all remember those days right? Indeed, the one great match has seemingly been followed by a lacklustre performance the next week, since Peter Bosz was sacked.
It will be interesting to see if Dortmund can add some consistency to their overall play. I would expect to see Stöger instruct his players to take a similar approach as last week.
Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Mario Götze, and Maxi Philipp were all superb in last Saturday’s victory. Christian Pulisic also delivered a good performance.
Bremen do not need to worry about relegation, however, their European dreams, are also long since expired. Having taken only one point from their last three matches, they are indeed in “das graue Mittelfeld” – essentially the “no man’s land” of the table.
With not much to play for other than pride, Bremen could be ripe for the picking. Borussia Dortmund on the other hand, thanks to Schalke’s draw earlier today, can overtake their arch-rivals in the table.
A second-placed finish in the Bundesliga for BVB, in what has been a mostly-frustrating, underwhelming season, would be a massive achievement as the 2017-18 campaign comes to an end.
As the search for their next manager becomes the priority in the coming weeks, the current manager will want to go out on a high note, as he too may be looking for his next assignment on the touchline.
Expect a disorganized, but dangerous BVB attack, as they try to kill Bremen’s spirit early, on their way to comfortable win in the 100th league meeting between these two sides.
PREDICTION: Werder Bremen: 1:2 Borussia Dortmund
BRE: Pavlenka – Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Friedl – Delaney – Eggestein – Gondorf – Belfodil, Junuzovic – Kruse
Manager: Florian Kohfeldt
BVB: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Akanji – Weigl – Pulisic, Götze, Reus, Sancho, Philipp
Manager: Peter Stöger