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Prediction: Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen

Tom Dunstan in Bundesliga, Free Soccer Predictions 19 Aug 2022

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Verdict: Borussia Dortmund win

Best Odds: 4/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

Hoping to extend on what has been an impressive start to the 2022/23 Bundesliga campaign, Borussia Dortmund will welcome Werder Bremen to rural Germany on Saturday afternoon.

Borussia Dortmund

Starting with the hosts, managing to mount an eye-catching comeback on the road last weekend, Borussia Dortmund have enjoyed a stellar start to the 2022/23 campaign. Eventually leaving European hopefuls Freiburg with a notable 3-1 victory, Edin Terzić’s men appear to have adjusted well to life after Erling Haaland. Despite watching their now-former attacking icon make the move to Premier League giants Manchester City this summer, that hasn’t slowed BVB down. Opening the new season with a rugged 1-0 victory at home against fellow top-four finishers Bayer Leverkusen, fans around the Westfalenstadion are desperate to see their side mount a genuine title charge this time around. Enjoying life since Terzić returned to rural Germany back in May, Saturday’s hosts should find the mood in their camp at a high. Picking up a thumping 4-1 romp when they last faced off against Werder Bremen 16 months ago, Dortmund will be smelling a chance here.

Team News

Still dealing with knocks, Borussia Dortmund look set to once again be without Karim Adeyami and Niklas Sule on Saturday afternoon.

However, making his BVB debut away at Freiburg last weekend, summer arrival Anthony Modeste will once again lead Terzić’s charge here.

Werder Bremen

As for the visitors, after making their Bundesliga return this summer, Werder Bremen simply have their sights set on keeping hold of their top-flight status this time around. Opening the 2022/23 campaign with back-to-back 2-2 draws against Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, the River Islanders do have the feel of a side seeking some stability. Although Head Coach Ole Werner might have seen his side enjoy some recent success in the final third, they will be worried by a concerning record against the title outsiders. Including that 4-1 loss when they last made the trip to the Westfalenstadion in April 2021, the Greens have lost their last three meetings against BVB by an aggregate score of 8-2. However, if they are to spring a real upset on Saturday afternoon, then Werner will be calling on Niclas Fullkrug to spearhead their charge in rural Germany. Racking up 19 Bundesliga II strikes last season, the 29-year-old has now found the net in both of Bremen’s opening two top-flight appearances.

Team News

Bremen have confirmed that the duo of Jean Manuel Mbom and Dikeni Salifou will once again miss out here.

Likewise, still short of match fitness, 20-year-old Eren Dinkci is unlikely to make the trip to rural Germany on Saturday afternoon.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off in April 2021, Borussia Dortmund picked up a 4-1 victory on home soil.
    • Likewise, BVB have won each of their last three meetings against Bremen by an aggregate score of 8-2.
    • Saturday’s hosts have lost just one of their previous nine meetings against the River Islanders, a run that stems back to December 2017.
    • Remarkably, 16 of the last 17 meetings between BVB and Bremen have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • Each of their eight straight meetings at the Westfalenstadion have seen over 2.5 goals by the final whistle.

    Conclusion

    Mounting a stellar comeback away at Freiburg last weekend as they eventually landed an action-packed 3-1 victory, Borussia Dortmund have opened the new campaign with an eye-catching flurry. Smelling the chance to make it three Bundesliga victories on the spin here, the German giants will be boosted by their rather rampant record against Saturday’s guests. Including a 4-1 romp at the Westfalenstadion when they last faced off against Werder Bremen 16 months ago, Terzić’s men have lost just one of their previous nine meetings against the top-flight returners. In fact, winning each of their last three showdowns by an aggregate score of 8-2, we’re backing a similar home victory in rural Germany.

    Verdict: Borussia Dortmund win

    Best Odds: 4/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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