Paderborn vs Borussia DortmundGerman Bundesliga, KO: 17:00 May 31, 2020, Benteler Arena
BORUSSIA Dortmund's title bid took a huge dent in Der Klassiker and they will be aiming to bounce back with a win at basement boys Paderborn on Sunday evening.
Die Schwarzgelben now trail Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich by seven points and the arrears could stand at a towering 10 by the time BVB pitch up at Paderborn this weekend.
Lucien Favre's vibrant young side lit up the Bundesliga in the early months of 2020, however, following BVB's midweek setback at home to Bayern Munich, Farve was forced to deny rumors that he is set to resign.
Indeed, Dortmund's title hopes are all but over, however, they can ill-afford any complacency in the weeks ahead given how fiercely competitive the chase Champions League qualification has become.
Paderborn, following back-to-back promotions, are propping up the Bundesliga table, however, Steffen Baumgart's free-flowing football has earned a lot of plaudits and his side will play without fear when they face Borussia Dortmund.
The hosts have drawn each of their three games since the Bundesliga resumed and although there is much to be admired about seeing a newly-promoted side attacking with plenty of spirit, Padderborn will have to pull off the greatest of escapes to avoid an immediate return to the second-tier.
The Betting Odds
Borussia Dortmund are odds-on favourites at 1/3 with Betway to get back to winning ways this weekend.
The Betting Angles
Dortmund's woes were heightened in midweek when star-striker Erling Haaland hobbled off the pitch, however, it's almost unthinkable that BVB will fail to make the net bulge in back-to-back matches,
The German giants have won nine of their last 10 league games and they have scored at least two goals in all but one of that stretch of games.
Paderborn have only managed to pick up eight points in their own manor this term and they have leaked 32 goals in 14 matches at the Benteler Arena – an average of 2.2 goals per game.
Given that Paderborn have one of the most brittle backlines in the Bundesliga, coupled with Dortmund's superior quality, I'm attracted to the Even-Money that PaddyPower are offering for Dortmund to score one goal, Dortmund to take five or more corners and two or more Paderborn bookings.
Paderborn games have featured an average of 12.4 corners per game this season – the highest in the Bundesliga – and it's also worth noting that Steffen Baumgart's side are the most ill-disciplined side in the division having racked up 66 yellow cards to date.
With that in mind, the above-mentioned bet takes appeal and adding two or more Dortmund goals will boost those odds up to an eye-catching 17/10 (PaddyPower) with the same firm.
Dortmund have scored at least three goals in their last four meetings with Paderborn and the last five matches between these sides have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
What's more, Dotmund have got on the scoresheet at least twice in their last five away matches and I fancy Favre and Co to extend that sequence against a Paderborn side who are drinking in the last-chance saloon.
This German Bundesliga match between Paderborn and Borussia Dortmund will be played on May 31, 2020 and kick off at 17:00. Check below for our tipsters best Paderborn vs Borussia Dortmund prediction.