Borussia Dortmund settled for a draw in last weekend’s match in Frankfurt. Dortmund are looking to rebound from last week’s draw with a win when they host Werder Bremen this Saturday. Despite dominating possession, Dortmund weren’t clinical in the final third. They’ll need to fix that this week if they want to secure 3 points at home.
Werder Bremen are looking to generate more opportunities following last week’s goalless defeat against league-leaders, Leipzig. Bremen currently cling to 10th place in the Bundesliga, while Dortmund sit 3 points behind the leaders and 1 point behind Bayern.
Dortmund haven’t looked terrible in their last few fixtures. The Black and Yellow have generated quality opportunities and played relatively solid, defensively. Their mistakes haven’t been plentiful, but they’ve certainly been punished. After multiple missed opportunities to put the game away against Frankfurt, disorganization at the back left Dortmund helpless as Frankfurt notched a late equalizer.
While the season is still young, Dortmund’s inconsistency closely resembles their inconsistencies toward the end of last season. They’re still struggling to close games out, and they appear to lack the killer instinct that Europe’s top clubs rely on against weaker opponents.
This weekend’s match-up with Bremen shouldn’t be a problem for the Black and Yellow. Bremen have struggled on both sides of the ball and lacked discipline. But whether Dortmund will repeat last season’s (and last weekend’s) mistakes remains undetermined.
Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer have been notably quiet in Dortmund’s past few matches. While they aren’t Dortmund’s only playmakers, their quality of play seems essential to Dortmund’s success. Either they will need to be more involved against Bremen, or Dortmund will have to show that they can win regardless of the stars’ impact on the scoreline. While the former would provide more confidence for fans, the latter could be crucial to their success as the season progresses.
How to Watch
Fans wishing to watch Saturday’s match have a few different options depending on their location. Fans in the US can tune in to FS2 or stream the match via Foxsports.com or the Fox Sports Go app. In Europe, Sky Sport and BT Sport will provide coverage. Subscribers to SlingTV and FuboTV will have access to live broadcasts, as well.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.