Borussia Dortmund host Hamburg at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday, with Peter Stoger’s side locked in a battle for a top four spot. The visitors meanwhile are in serious danger of relegation to the 2. Bundesliga and could be cut off from the teams above them.
Where and when: Westfalenstadion – 10 February, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Borussia Dortmund vs. Hamburg: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic were all on target as Dortmund ran out 3-0 winners at the Volksparkstadion in September.
Borussia Dortmund v Hamburg Predictions and Preview
Although we all know where the Bundesliga title is heading, things couldn’t be tighter in the race to finish in the Champions League places. Just four points separate Bayer Leverkusen in second and Borussia Monchengladbach in eighth, with Dortmund firmly in the hunt to qualify for Europe’s elite cup competition next season.
The big story for Die Borussen last time out was the performance of Michy Batshuayi, who joined the club on loan from Chelsea as part of the transfer triangle that saw Aubameyang leave Die Schwarzgelben. The Belgian’s ability to fill the gap left by the Gabon hitman will be crucial to how Dortmund’s season pans out, and he couldn’t have started better in bagging himself a brace.
Batshuayi will soon be supported in Der BVB’s attack by Marco Reus, with the German playmaker close to a return after a serious knee injury. Mario Gotze is also back in training, but Jadon Sancho has been ruled out for several weeks with ankle ligament damage. The English youngster misses out along with Andriy Yarmolenko who has a foot problem.
Despite the injuries, the hosts still start as the 2/5 favourites, while Hamburg are available at 9/1. Die Rothosen have lost their last four against Dortmund, and will be without Nicolai Muller who’s been out since August with a cruciate injury. Kyriakos Papadopoulos is suspended for this one after his sending off against Hannover at the weekend, although Bjarne Thoelke is back in training after an ankle problem.
A third successive draw would be a good result for Hamburg as they try to catch the likes of Stuttgart, Werder Bremen and Mainz above them, and this is priced at 9/2 in the betting. The last time Der Dino won at the Westfalenstadion was back in October 2014, with a repeat of the 1-0 scoreline that day available at 28/1.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Batshuayi was hugely impressive on his Dortmund debut, and he’s priced at 18/5 to break the deadlock for a second time in as many games.
One to watch for Hamburg: Filip Kostic has scored the equaliser for Hamburg in their last two games, which have both ended 1-1, and he’s 15/1 to score the last goal in this one.
Long shot: If Reus is named on the bench and enters the fray with Dortmund struggling to break the visitors down, what a story it’d be for him to come on and score the winner. He’s available at 25/1 to bag the only goal of the game.