Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to start their new season on a high note when they go against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday night at the Signal Iduna Park for the opening weekend of the Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund had a substandard season last year and was struggling with inconsistency but winning their final seven league matches in a row helped them to a third-place finish in the Bundesliga. New manager Marco Rose has an uphill task to put a title-challenging squad but will be without star man Jadon Sancho following his move to Manchester United. Dortmund came off a decent pre-season (W2 L2) and will be looking to start strongly against fierce rivals Frankfurt. Dortmund will play their first league fixture without a number of first-team players. Mat Hummels, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Rahael Gurreiro and Thomas Meunier are all out injured. Midfielders Julian Brandt, Emre Can and Thomas Delaney are all doubtful. New signing Gregor Kobel is set to begin in goal while Captain Marco Reus and Giovanni Reyna look to provide attacking support with target man Erling Haaland to lead the attacking line alongside new signing Donyell Malen.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s inconsistency and a poor run of results towards the end of last year’s Bundesliga campaign proved very costly as it saw them crash out of Champions League places. They have also implemented a change in personnel as Oliver Glasner coming in as new manager from Wolfsburg. Eintracht Frankfurt had a decent pre-season winning three of their five matches (W3 L2) before a disappointing 2-0 loss to third tier team Mannheim in the first round of the DFB-Pokal last weekend. Head Coach Oliver Glasner will look to address issues at the back if they stand a chance of stopping Dormund’s Erling Haaland as his side conceded a record 53 goals last season. Eintracht Frankfurt will look to start the season with a full squad. Kevin Trapp is set to continue in goal, new signing Jesper Lindstrom and Zuber Steven to partner in midfield. Jens Hauge and Rafael Borre is set to lead the attacking line as they look to fill the goalscoring void following the departure of Andre Silva.
Borussia Dortmund have won each of their last six opening league games and a win here would see them Bayern’s Bundesliga record of seven opening day games. Erling Haaland will also look to extend his excellent record of scoring against Bundesliga top teams. All of Frankfurt’s last season league defeats came away from home and problems in defense will likely see us to a high scoring contest. They have although scored in six of their last seven visits to Signal Iduna Park. Both team have scored in seven of their last ten H2H fixtures so we are backing a BTTS and over 2.5 goals.
PREDICTION: DORTMUND WIN
CORRECT SCORE TIP : 3-0
ACCUMULATOR TIP: OVER 2.5