Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Dortmund, Sat, 5.30pm

SO the secrets are out then. The teams at the top of the Bundesliga are pretty decent and Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp (or Robin Hood as he has bizarrely suggested) is the coolest coach on the planet. What are Bundesliga hipsters like me supposed to do now? Ah well, there's always the obscurity of Fortuna Dusseldorf to dive into.

As astonishing as BVB's 4-1 Champions League semi-final win over Real Madrid was, in some ways the victory itself wasn't a huge surprise. Kloppo's merry men are in the midst of an excellent run of form, and they are scoring freely. Dortmund are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, winning seven of them.

Since Christmas they have rattled in 51 goals in 19 matches, an average of 2.68 goals per game. Opta tell us Dortmund are on course to beat their best ever Bundesliga goal-scoring tally of 80 which was set last season.

Robert Lewandowski, who scored all four goals against the men from Madrid, is justifying his status as one of world football's hottest properties.

He has scored 22 goals in his last 20 games for club and country and has netted at least once in each of his last 12 Bundesliga appearances (the record is 16 matches, held by Gerd Muller). Wednesday's virtuoso display against Real was the eighth match this season in which he has scored two goals or more.

Dortmund insist they plan to keep Lewandowski but the Polish international's contract expires at the end of next season and he has refused to sign a new one. Bayern Munich are keen to snap him up but it remains to be seen whether he will follow Mario Gotze from the Ruhr to Bavaria.

So can relegation-threatened Fortuna Dusseldorf stop in-form Dortmund? Erm … no. Norbert Meier's men are dropping like a stone and their decline continued with last week's 2-1 reverse at Hamburg. Fortuna haven't won any of their last eight league games (their longest winless run of the season) and are just three points above the relegation playoff place, with a six-point gap to the automatic drop zone.

The defence has sprung big leaks since the winter break and Meier has been palpably unable to plug them. Fortuna have shipped an eye-watering 18 goals in their last eight games and they have kept just one clean sheet since Christmas.

Fortuna held Dortmund to a 1-1 draw at Signal Iduna Park but that was one BVB's poorest performances of the season. Since then BVB have vastly improved, while Fortuna have declined sharply. Even if Klopp rests some key players, I just can't see the hosts getting a result.

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Back Borussia Dortmund -1.5 on the Asian Handicap at 2.4

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Milesey (Betfair)

1 Comment
  1. Scouseorca 11 years ago

    Lewandowski and Reus on the bench to start with for Dortmund according to flashscores teams.

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