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Bundesliga preview: Can Borussia Dortmund bounce back and punish Paderborn?

| 29.05.2020

The title chasers come up against rock-bottom this weekend

Borussia Dortmund’s title hopes took a hit against Bayern Munich this week but they’ll be hoping to make amends against relegation-threatened Paderborn.

After a thrilling round of midweek fixtures, the Bundesliga is back with a bang and another schedule of matches this weekend.

Bayern created some breathing space in their quest to land their eighth consecutive title but they face a potential banana skin in the shape of third-bottom Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach were handed a lifeline and they’ll be looking to take advantage against Union Berlin.

Ahead of the action, we’ve taken a look at three key fixtures to keep an eye on.

Paderborn v Borussia Dortmund (Sunday, 17:00)

Rewind a few days and Dortmund were in dreamland, four points behind Bayern with a chance to beat their rivals and put some pressure on the league leaders. But a Joshua Kimmich wonder goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat and a long road back to salvage their title hopes.

Luckily, they come up against rock-bottom Paderborn who are without a win in their last nine outings. Dortmund are the clear favourites at 1/3, with underdogs Paderborn priced at 8/1 to win at home. The draw is 21/5.

Tuesday’s defeat was the first time Dortmund had failed to score in the league since their last meeting with Bayern in November, which coincidentally preceded a 3-3 draw with Paderborn. A repeat of that scoreline is priced at 55/1, while the usually free-scoring visitors are 3/1 to win with over 4.5 goals.

Raphael Guerreiro has scored three times in the two matches since the league restarted and the Portuguese is 6/1 to open the scoring here.

Bayern Munich v Fortuna Dusseldorf (Saturday, 17:30)

The table-toppers also face a struggling side, with Dusseldorf currently just five points clear of the drop zone. There aren’t many harder games in Europe than a trip to Bayern but the visitors will be buoyed by their midweek win over Schalke and they’re 20/1 to triumph here.

Robert Lewandowski

Bayern thrashed Dusseldorf 4-0 in the reverse fixture and they’re just 7/1 to repeat that feat on Saturday, while they’re 21/5 to score over 5.5 goals.

Robert Lewandowski is enjoying another remarkable season and the Poland international is priced at 23/10 to score in both halves or 7/2 to net a hat-trick.

Borussia Monchengladbach v Union Berlin (Sunday, 14:30)

Monchengladbach have impressed during this campaign but they risked coming unstuck in the race for the top four as they lost 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen last weekend, who temporarily leapfrogged them in the table.

But they’ve been granted a reprieve following Leverkusen’s thrashing at home to Wolfsburg on Tuesday. Union Berlin are loitering in midtable and the hosts are priced at 8/15 to win.

Leverkusen are only behind on goal difference and they could pile the pressure on with a win on Friday, meaning Monchengladbach may need goals to stay on track. They’re currently 17/10 to score over 2.5 goals, while a home win and over 4.5 goals is 5s.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.



Harry Howes

Having previously worked on national newspapers, Harry is an experienced writer who is obsessed with all things football and Wilfried Zaha, even naming his cat after the future Ballon d’Or winner.