With the Champions League win against Monaco behind them and the October international break on the horizon, Borussia Dortmund welcomes Augsburg to Signal Iduna Park for an early Saturday Bundesliga showdown.
Dortmund currently sits atop the table with 14 points on four wins, two draws and no losses and a goal differential of +14 thanks to a 7-0 thrashing of Nürnburg last Wednesday. Dortmund came back from 2-0 down against Leverkusen to win 4-2. They’ve shown that they’re a different team this season, but nothing is showing this to me more than how they’ve come from behind to either draw or win a match. Last season under the Peter I and Peter II, there were times they fell behind and it looked like their heads sunk and had no desire to fight back.
This year, however, they look more energized and confident in themselves when they’re trailing. Maybe that’s due to the good start, maybe Favre has these guys believing again, or maybe they’ve properly dealt with the demons of the bus bombing, but regardless this looks like a completely different team going forward and I’m actually excited to watch Dortmund games again.
Despite Sancho and Bruun Larsen looking to get the start on the wings with Reus in the middle, I strongly believe that Favre will start his BFF Wolf over one of them. Why he continues to start Wolf, who doesn’t offer compared to either Sancho or JBL, is beyond me. Favre looks to be bringing Alcácer along slowly to ensure that he doesn’t re-aggravate his injury. The back-four should be very defensively sound, while allowing Hakimi to venture forward. Bürki has been lights-out, leaving no doubts that he’s one of the best keepers in the Bundesliga.
Midtable-incarnate, FC Augsburg, is this week’s opponent. Augsburg currently sits eighth in the table with a 2-2-2 record, perfectly balanced, as all things should be. They’re coming into this weekend’s match on the heels of a 4-1 dismantling of Freiburg and a shocking 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich. All of their matches had been close scores until the Freiburg decision, so they’re a very defensive team.
Alfred Finnbogason is their main offensive threat, leading the team with three goals despite only playing once this season. They don’t have anyone truly remarkable on their team, save Finnbogason, but they’ve always played tough, defensive soccer. Their formations have had a small amount of variety,
Prediction: 2-0 Dortmund
This will be a very defensive match. I don’t see Augsburg attacking much except on counters, while Dortmund will pour it on and poke one or two through in the second half. It wouldn’t surprise me if Fuggerstädter went with the same 5-3-2 that saw them draw against Bayern Munich.