Borussia Dortmund will travel to the Weserstadion in Bremen for Matchday 32 of the Bundesliga. Peter Stöger and Co. are hoping to finish the season strong and in a Champions League spot, preferably 2nd or 3rd. Mathematically, there is still a possibility that Bremen could end up in the relegation playoff spot. They are sitting in 12th place in the table, which is too far from European competition qualification, so their main objective is to finish with as many points as possible by the time the season ends.
Werder Bremen lost 2-0 against VfB Stuttgart last week, and haven’t had a league victory since April 1st where they won 2-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt. If macroeconomics has taught me anything, it’s that the longer a decline is, the more likely it is that we see an incline begin to occur. Bremen are going to put everything into this next match in order to end their winless streak.
Borussia Dortmund fans felt an emotion last week that they hadn’t felt in months: happiness. After the vast majority of Die Borussen, including myself, expected to be completely thrashed by Bayer Leverkusen, the squad did the unthinkable and produced a 4-0 victory. Since Champions League qualification is at stake, the squad needs another win against Bremen.
According to the Bundesliga website.
Werder Bremen: Pavlenka, Selassie, Veljković, Moisander, Augustinsson, Eggestein, Delaney, Junuzović, Rashica, Belfodil, Kruse
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Piszczek, Sokratis, Toprak, Akanji, Weigl, Götze, Pulisic, Reus, Sancho, Philipp
The Bundesliga site speculates that Stöger will once again start Akanji at left-back, considering his good performance last week. Since this seems like a 4-1-4-1, the youngsters Sancho and Pulisic will put in work on the wings while Reus and Götze stay more central supporting Maximilian Philipp up top. This is only speculation, and we have yet to see what the actual lineup will be, but if this prediction is to be believed, then I think it’s the best BVB could put out.
Werder Bremen could secure safety from relegation with a win, so they’ll have that reason to fight, while Borussia Dortmund works toward ensuring they are in the Champions League next season. My opinion is that Borussia Dortmund will come out of this with a 3-1 victory.