Borussia Dortmund make their debut in the second half of the 2017/2018 season this Sunday, January 14. In Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, the team, pushed by the ‘Yellow Wall’ will face Wolfsburg in a clash that closes the eighteenth round of the Bundesliga, the first of the second round.
The recent performance of Borussia Dortmund
Eliminated early in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund was ‘downgraded’ to the Europa League. But most of all, he needs to recover from the German Championship, which he led in the opening rounds, but had to settle for third place at the end of the first round. He completed the opening half of the match with 28 points (eight wins, four draws and five losses). The difference for Bayern, leader, was 13 points.
The abrupt change in team behavior had a motive. Dutch coach Petr Bosz, who was runner-up to the European League last season for Ajax, started rocketingly to deploy his system, but he bumped into the players by giving excessive advantages to the team’s top scorer. He accepted passively the delays for the training of striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (15 matches in the German Championship 2017/2018, 13 goals).
The rest of the cast did not like the attitude. The result of this so often repeated novel world outside was the fall of yield followed by the dismissal of the technician. Thus, the Austrian Peter Stoger was called to put water at the stake. Got. The team, which got out of the European tournament qualifying zone, improved some positions in the Bundesliga. However, he did not achieve the same success in the Champions League nor in the German Cup, where he was eliminated by Bayern.
The almost one-month stoppage of the German Championship due to the country’s weather conditions provided an opportunity for Stoger to make up for missing out on not having the chance to pre-season the club. It also allowed him to gain more options. The always-crowded medical department now has only the presence of midfielder Philipp Maximilian (11 matches, six goals), the only doubt for Sunday’s match.
The main mission now is to regain the strength of Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund finished the first round with only the eleventh best home campaign among the 18 teams competing in the Bundesliga. Disastrous result. Of the 24 points that disputed in its dominions, it gained only 13 (four victories, a tie and three defeats).
The current form of Wolfsburg
The whitewash owned by the Wolksvagen automaker has eyes focused on the rearview mirror. With 18 points (three wins, ten draws and four losses), the Bundesliga 2017/2018 league leader needs to be aware of the evolution that his rivals in the fight against relegation can show after the no-play period.
The difference for Werder Bremen, which occupies the sixteenth place and opens the region of sticking, is only three points. Among them are still Freiburg (19, but disadvantaged in the tiebreaker criteria), Stuttgart (17) and Mainz (17).
Also in the dispute of the Glass of Germany, where it will face Schalke in the quarterfinals, in the Wolfsburg made two friendly during the training period. He defeated Saint-Pauli by 3 to 1 on January 5, and the next day, taking his cast, he made 2-1 at Dresden.
Swiss Martin Schimidt has two medical doubts for Sunday’s game. It depends on the evaluation to know if the Jakub Blaszczykowski socks (seven matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship, one goal) and Ignacio Camacho (nine matches, no goal) will be available.
History of the bouts between Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg
Dortmund have won their last five matches against Wolfsburg. Three as a visitor and two at home.
Nothing more than a significant improvement in yield is expected from Borussia Dortmund in the second half of the season. With the return of important players and time for the new coach to implant his strategy, the team is a favorite against Wolfsburg. It has a price of 1.40 in Rivalo. Draw gives return of 5.00 and visitor victory paid 7.50 for 1.