Dortmund will be looking for redemption from their defeat to Bayern Munich as they travel to bottom side Paderborn on Sunday.
Paderborn’s sophomore season in the top flight has been a rough one. They have been the season’s whipping boys are currently at the bottom of the pile. They have however come out swinging punches after the break and are determined not to go down without a fight. They have drawn all three of their games since the resumption, two of them goalless draws against fellow strugglers Dusseldorf and midweek away at Augsburg. The other draw was a 1-1 draw at home against Hoffenheim.
Their home form has been their Achilles’ heel, with just two wins from the 14 home games they have played along with 2 draws and 10 losses. This is the second-worst in the division and pretty much accounts for where they find themselves at this stage of the season. They will need to turn that form around on Sunday against an opponent that is still licking their wounds following a bitter home loss in what was for all intents and purposes a title defining game. Dusseldorf’s lack of spine at home is highlighted by the fact they have kept only one clean sheet in those 14 home matches this season and even that came against a Fortuna Dusseldorf side who have been hovering above the relegation zone for a significant chunk of the season.
They did well against Dortmund in the reverse fixture though. They raced to a 3-0 Halftime lead at the Signal Iduna Park, only for their inexperience to come in play in the second half and the game ended in a 3-3 draw.
Borussia Dortmund will be itching to bounce back from their midweek disappointment when they travel to the Benteler-Arena on Sunday to face a Paderborn team who have yet to win at home in 2020. Dortmund’s title aspirations went up in the air at their own backyard on Tuesday night when they went down 1-0 at home to Bayern Munich. They are now seven points adrift of the Bavarian giants with just 6 matches to play.
In spite of the loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, there is still a lot to fight for the remainder of the season. For starters, Bayern are still not Mathematically out of reach. Although it would take a collapse of epic proportions for them to fail to win it all. Secondly, Champions League places have not been determined yet. Leipzig, Monchengladbach and Leverkusen are all in hot pursuit of Dortmund, therefore, they still have to rack up wins in the remaining games to an even bigger embarrassment than losing the title race to Bayern Munich.
Looking back at the Der Klassiker, Lucien Favre’s men put up a good performance but just lacked the cutting edge against the towering Bayern defence. The struggling Paderborn defence shouldn’t pose them as much challenge and this trip to Benteler-Arena could well be what the doctor ordered for them to get back to winning ways.
Dortmund will be looking to respond in style as they have done before after previous defeats in this season’s campaign. The hosts have been on a fairly decent run themselves despite staying rooted at the basement of the table. Dortmund’s attack is only bettered by leaders Bayern. They have scored 74 goals this season and their away games average about 3.71 goals per game. Paderborn have shown they too have the capacity to score having done that in all the games they have played after the break. For this reason, we expect an open-ended game that will afford goal scoring opportunities. We are therefore backing Dortmund to Win and Over 2.5 goals @ 1.70 as our first betting tip for the game.
Before the bitter midweek defeat to Bayern, Dortmund had managed to score in both halves in their previous three games. Paderborn’s defence is the second-worst in the division having conceded 55 goals. We are backing Dortmund to Score in Both Halves here as well @ 1.82 on Betway betting app as our last tip for this game.
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