Borussia Dortmund V Rb Leipzig – Signal Iduna Park At 17:00 Live At Bt Sport
The new Bundesliga season gets underway this weekend with Sunday evening’s encounter between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig the week one highlight.
Dortmund are starting the season with a new coach for the second straight campaign. It was a rocky 2017/18 for the Ruhr giants as Peter Bosz’s great start disintegrated into chaos and Peter Stoger was called upon to steer the side into a top-four finish.
BVB finished a full 29 points off Bayern Munich and have opted to bring in experienced boss Lucien Favre. The astute coach played some beautiful counter-attacking football at Borussia Monchengladbach, and defied the odds with Nice in Ligue 1 and should bring plenty of entertainment to the Westfalenstadion.
Sunday’s hosts do look a little light in the central striking position but the arrivals of Abdou Diallo, Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel should at least provide Dortmund with much-needed strength, steel and experience through the heart of their defence and midfield this season.
Dortmund a value play
Games are still expected to enthral – last term BVB saw 21 matches surpass the Over 2.5 Goals line with 13 featuring Over 3.5 Goals. However, a better bet this weekend is to simply back Favre’s men to overcome their -0.50 Asian Handicap hurdle at 1.86.
Die Schwarzgelben were a disappointing W9-D4-L4 at home in 2017/18, but when they did win they tended to do so handsomely as six of those victories were by more than one goal. Seven of their triumphs as hosts came against top-10 teams and they should have enough to overcome RB Leipzig.
Leipzig’s defence and away day struggles
Leipzig struggled somewhat last term as they could only manage fifth having been second the season before, though they were just two points behind third-placed Hoffenheim. Repeating that runners-up finish was always going to be tough, with other clubs boasting bigger and stronger squads.
It was their defence that cost them as no other side outside the bottom six conceded more than their 53 goals. RBL were a decent W9-D4-L4 at home, despite keeping only three clean sheets, and on their travels they returned just W6-D4-L7 as they were often undone by slow starts.
Sporting director Ralf Rangnick returns as the manager having last been in charge of the club in 2015/16 and he’ll have to make-do without Naby Keita who’s joined, Liverpool. Without him, Leipzig won just six of the 16 games he failed to start in the last couple of seasons (38%) and it may take time to recover from his loss.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Borussia Dortmund -0.50 at 1.820
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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