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Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs VfL Wolfsburg

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Borussia Dortmund will welcome VfL Wolfsburg to the Signal Iduna Park in the 10th Bundesliga round on Saturday afternoon.

Two of the top 5 Bundesliga sides go head to head this weekend, as fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund host once-place-better Wolfsburg tomorrow at 15:30 (CET).

The Black and Yellows are heading into the derby on the back of a tough 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB-Pokal midweek.

Two late goals from Julian Brandt saw Lucien Favre’s side turn the game around in their favor, after Marcus Thuram’s opener in the 71st minute and book their place in the German Cup’s Round of 16.

Wolfsburg, on the other hand, were totally embarrassed by last season’s finalists RB Leipzig, losing 6-1 at their own ground.

The Wolves are however the only unbeaten side in top-flight German football this season, as they sit in fourth with 17 points (four wins and five draws) from the opening nine rounds.

Dortmund have collected one point less than their next opponents and trail three behind league leaders Borussia Monchengladbach. The Black and Yellows are not in their best form though, as they’ve noted four draws from the past five Bundesliga outings.

Team news

Lucien Favre does not have any fresh injury concerns ahead of the game against Wolfsburg, as left-back Marcel Schmelzer remains the only absentee for the home side.

This means Spanish forward Paco Alcacer is finally back in contention, having missed the whole of October through an Achilles problem.

Xaver Schlager and Ignacio Camacho are expected to miss the Wolves’ trip to Dortmund, as they are both recovering from their ankle injuries.

Borussia graduate Daniel Ginczek is a huge doubt for the visitors, as well as Belgian goalkeeper Koen Casteels.


Marco Reus has scored more Bundesliga goals against Wolfsburg (10) than any current Dortmund player, all coming in his last 11 appearances against the Wolves.

Weghorst has scored 22 Bundesliga goals since joining Wolfsburg in summer 2018. In that time only Dortmund’s Alcacer (23 goals) and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski (35) have scored more.

Borussia have scored in each of their last 29 Bundesliga home games – a club record – since a goalless draw against Wolfsburg in January 2018.

In their most recent league outing, however, the Black and Yellows played a 0-0 draw in the Revierderby against local rivals Schalke 04.

Wolfsburg haven’t lost in 10 league matches (W5, D5) and are now one short of equalling the club record previously set in 2008/09 and 2014/15 as Wolfsburg finished as champions and runners-up respectively.

Dortmund are unbeaten in their last eight Bundesliga matches against Wolfsburg (W7, D1) since a 2-1 defeat at the Volkswagen Arena in May 2015. They haven’t lost to the Wolves at the Signal Iduna Park since December 2012 (3-2).