Borussia Dortmund were on the wrong side of a 6-0 thrashing last weekend, a damaging result both mentally – that was the club’s worst defeat in 27 years – and in terms of their position in the Bundesliga table. Dortmund are now four points behind rivals Schalke in the race for second place and just three points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen (5th) in the race for a top four finish. The BVB will be boosted by the returns of defender Omer Toprak, and midfielders Marco Reus and Andrey Yarmolenko to training this week, though the latter two may not be risked from the off.
Stuttgart are unlikely to be easy opponents. Though the South Germans have lost nine times on the road so far this season (W3 D2 L9), they are unbeaten in eight outings under new coach Tayfun Korkut, with these five wins and three draws all but securing them another season in the German top flight. For the visitors, right-back Andreas Beck is also returning from suspension, while in-form Mario Gomez and Daniel Ginzczek are set to continue their fruitful partnership up front: the duo have a combined total of nine goals and two assists since Gomez returned to the club over the Winter break.
So, how does this one look in terms of betting? Well, if we ignore Dortmund’s anomaly 6-0 loss at the Allianz Arena last weekend, both teams have been getting on the scoreboard consistently, making “both teams to score” a reasonable option for Sunday. In striker Michy Batshuayi, Borussia Dortmund have a forward who is showing all the signs of becoming a star in Germany, with the Belgian already their top goalscorer in 2018, weighing in with an impressive six league goals since his loan switch from Chelsea. And for the visitors, you can’t write off either Gomez or Ginczek to find a way through, given their recent form – in fact, 9 of Stuttgart’s last 11 goals were scored by either (Gomez – 6 and Ginczek – 3), with all of Gomez’s six goals being scored away from home!
In terms of the full-time result though, while Stuttgart have put together a very impressive run under new coach Tayfun Korkut, all four of their away outings since he took over have been against sides in the bottom half of the table (Augsburg – 10th, Wolfsburg – 15th, Cologne – 17th, and Hamburg – 18th). Dortmund, meanwhile, are yet to lose at home in the Bundesliga since Peter Stöger took over (W4 D3), scoring an average of around two goals per match since that run began. With the hosts holding such a strong track record against the South Germans (see head-to-head), it’s not unreasonable to expect Stuttgart’s streak to come to an end on Sunday. Our prediction: a 2-1 Borussia Dortmund win.
Head To Head
Stuttgart won 2-1 at home to Dortmund when the two sides met last November. Borussia Dortmund were unbeaten in 13 before that (W8 D5).
Borussia Dortmund vs Stuttgart Stats
- Stuttgart boss Tayfun Korkut is yet to lose a top-flight game vs Dortmund coach Peter Stöger (W1 D2 with Hannover and Leverkusen).
- Borussia Dortmund’s 6-0 defeat in Munich last weekend was their heaviest top-flight defeat for 27 years (7-0 vs Stuttgart in February 1991).
- Dortmund are unbeaten in 16 Sunday matches (W13 D3).
- Michy Batshuayi has scored six goals in eight Bundesliga appearances, averaging a goal every 109.5 minutes – a rate only Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski can better.