Bundesliga basement club Paderborn host a Borussia Dortmund squad desperate to bounce back in quick and convincing fashion. Steffen Baumgart’s men have an uphill battle to maintain their top flight status after securing promotion last year and need a minimum of five wins from the final six rounds of action.
Where and when: Benteler-Arena, Paderborn – 31 May, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Paderborn vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport 1
Last time: In a game of two halves, Paderborn stunned Dortmund by racing in to a three-goal lead before the break. BVB responded in spectacular fashion through Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel and Marco Reus in one of the 2019-20 calendar’s most thrilling matches.
Paderborn v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
Barring a miracle, Paderborn’s stay in the top flight will come to an end after just one year. Only Mainz and Werder Bremen have conceded more than Steffen Baumgart’s men and a return of four wins from 28 games played is only going to result in one outcome. The West Germans are 13/2 to pull off a shock success and 17/4 to pick up a point.
The mood in the opposing camp is also of dejection. The latest instalment of Der Klassiker saw legendary forward Robert Lewandowski go up against Erling Haaland, the most coveted young player in Europe, but it was Joshua Kimmich who made the difference.
The versatile German can play in defence and midfield and the inevitable comparisons to idol Phillipp Lahm are understandable. Kimmich’s sumptuous lob saw the Bavarians extend their lead at the top of the table and all but end BVB’s title hopes in the process.
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The inquest began shortly after the final whistle with Lucien Favre very cryptic in his press conference. The Swiss tactician is expected to make a statement on his future in the near future but, in the meantime, must revive his dejected troops as second spot is by no means certain.
Red Bull Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach are all in contention and it promises to be a fascinating conclusion to the Bundesliga season. Haaland is 13/5 favourite to open proceedings, while Jadon Sancho is 4/1 in the same betting. BVB are 1/3 to claim the glory and 17/20 to score in both halves of the contest.
One to watch for Paderborn: Streli Mamba has a very credible seven goal contributions from 18 appearances and is 10/3 to notch anytime. The forward has impressed when selected and is likely to remain in the Bundesliga if his current employers are demoted.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Raphaël Guerreiro is one of the main beneficiaries of BVB’s 3-4-3 setup and has struck three times since the league restarted. The marauding Portuguese wing-back is far happier going forward and is 15/2 to break the deadlock.
Long shot: Paderborn are in last chance saloon territory and the tie is either going to be a convincing victory for Dortmund or a scrappy triumph for the struggling hosts. A 1-0 scoreline in favour of Paderborn is 33/1.