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Prediction: Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund

Tom Dunstan in Bundesliga, Free Soccer Predictions 10 Aug 2022

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Verdict: Borussia Dortmund draw no bet

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Unibet

Two sides who will be hoping to claim back-to-back Bundesliga victories on Friday night, Borussia Dortmund will make the trip to Freiburg.

Freiburg

Starting with the hosts, after storming their way to a top-six finish last season, Freiburg gained plenty of plaudits from across Germany. Despite signing off the 2021/22 campaign with back-to-back defeats against Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen, Head Coach Christian Streich has seen his side come roaring back. Picking up some perfect momentum over the summer during their pre-season run, the Reds were also last seen putting in another eye-catching display. Getting the new campaign underway with a thumping 4-0 romp away at Augsburg, Freiburg will know that they must try and find some stability on home soil this time around. With their sights set on trying to mount another European charge this year, it should be highlighted that Streich’s side won just one of their final four Bundesliga matchups at the Europa-Park Stadion last season. However, impressing over the past 12 months with their displays in the final third, Friday’s hosts will be confident of asking BVB plenty of questions here.

Team News

All missing out on last weekend’s 4-0 victory against Augsburg, the trio of Lucas Holer, Kevin Schade and Kimberly Ezekwem look set to miss out again here.

Freiburg are sweating over the fitness of 29-year-old Lukas Kubler on Friday night.

Borussia Dortmund

As for the visitors, while Borussia Dortmund might have once again picked up a silver medal finish last season, BVB have got a new era underway in rural Germany. Welcoming back former interim boss Edin Terzić on a permanent basis this summer, they did open the 2022/23 campaign with an impressive display last weekend. Despite knowing that they faced a real task when Bayer Leverkusen arrived at the Westfalenstadion, the one-time West Ham coach saw his side with a rugged 1-0 victory on home soil. Although Dortmund might have once again shown a string of defensive issues last season, it should be noted that BVB did largely shine with their performances on the road. Aside from a 3-1 loss against bitter rivals Bayern Munich on April 23rd, that was the only loss that Terzić’s squad suffered from their final nine Bundesliga away fixtures. Likewise, landing a thumping 5-1 win when they last faced off against Freiburg back in January, Dortmund will be desperate for a similar display here.

Team News

Making the move from Koln earlier in the week, new arrival will Anthony Modeste looks set to make his full BVB debut on Friday night.

However, still dealing with a muscle injury, former Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule is likely to once again miss out here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off on January 14th, Borussia Dortmund picked up a 5-1 victory on home soil.
    • However, Freiburg have picked up back-to-back 2-1 victories against BVB at the Europa-Park Stadion.
    • Six of the last seven meetings between Friday’s opponents have finished with over 2.5 goals.
    • Likewise, each of the last three meetings between Freiburg and Dortmund have seen both teams find the net.
    • 11 of Dortmund’s final 14 Bundesliga away fixtures last season also finished with both teams finding the net.

    Conclusion

    While Dortmund might know that they face another stern test on Friday night, the German giants will be looking to build off of their impressive start to the 2022/23 campaign. Claiming a gritty 1-0 victory at home against Bayer Leverkusen, Terzić’s side will also be boosted by their most recent meeting against Freiburg. Despite suffering back-to-back 2-1 defeats at the Europa-Park Stadion, BVB did storm their way to a thumping 5-1 romp when Friday’s opponents faced off on January 14th. Starting life without Erliang Haaland with an eye-catching display in rural Germany last weekend, we’re backing an away draw no bet here.

    Verdict: Borussia Dortmund draw no bet

    Best Odds: 4/6

    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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