Borussia Dortmund travel to Stuttgart on Saturday sitting top of the Bundesliga table. Only four points separated the sides last season, but Dortmund have a wonderful opportunity to take control of the title race.
Where and when: Mercedes-Benz Arena – 20 October, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund: William Hill live streaming
Last time: Christian Pulisic, Michy Batshuayi and Maximilian Philipp were all on target as Dortmund won 3-0 at the Westfalenstadion in April.
Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
With Bayern Munich failing to win any of their last three Bundesliga matches, Borussia Dortmund must feel like Christmas has come early. Lucien Favre’s side need to take advantage though, as Bayern surely won’t be struggling for long.
Despite currently sitting bottom of the table, Stuttgart won’t be an easy opponent for Die Borussen. They beat Dortmund 2-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena last season, although that was the first time they’ve managed to beat Die Schwarzgelben since January 2010.
Dortmund have won nine of the 15 meetings between the teams since then, with six of those coming away from home. Die Borussen’s record in the last few years is even better, as they’ve won five of their last six matches against Stuttgart.
|Over 2.5 goals||8/13||Offer|
|Marco Reus to score first||19/4||Offer|
|Dortmund to win and BTTS||47/20||Offer|
Favre’s side are 17/20 to continue their impressive run with a victory here, which could see them go seven points ahead of Bayern, depending on how the champions get on at Wolfsburg. It’s shaping up to be an interesting, and much-needed title race, but Dortmund can’t afford to slip up here.
The hosts are 7/2 to inflict a first defeat of the season on their visitors, after they managed to get the win in last season’s corresponding fixture. Stuttgart are struggling this season with just one win so far though, and this feels like a different Dortmund outfit, with goals coming from all over the pitch.
Dortmund have scored 18 times in winning their last four matches, so Stuttgart may be happy to settle for a point on Saturday, with the draw priced at 14/5. Their chances of getting it may rest on how their visitors’ injury situation pans out though.
Marco Reus, Christian Pulisic and Manuel Akanji are all doubts for the game, along with Raphael Guerreiro and Shinji Kagawa. The hosts will be without Anastasios Donis and Jan Kliment, while Dennis Aogo, Daniel Didavi and Marc-Oliver Kempf could also miss out.
One to watch for Stuttgart: Mario Gomez is approaching 300 career goals in club football, and he remains a threat at the age of 33. He has three goals to his name so far this term, and is 7/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday.
One to watch for Dortmund: Jadon Sancho is making a splash across Europe right now, and made his England debut during the international break. No one has laid on more assists in the major European leagues this season, and Sancho is 10/1 to score the last goal of this game.
Long shot: Before last season’s defeat in Stuttgart, Dortmund had won on their previous five visits to the Mercedes-Benz Arena. They scored three goals in each of the last four of those victories, with a 3-1 away win priced at 29/2.