After a 100% start to the season with two wins out of two, Borussia Dortmund will host winless Werder on Saturday at the Westfalenstadion in the third round of the new Bundesliga season at 15:30GMT. Werder Bremen will be looking for their first win of the season after back-to-back draws in their first two outings in the league.
Can Dortmund extend their winning run to three matches out of three?
Edin Terzić will be looking for a third win in a row as he looks to maintain momentum in the season where Dortmund are expected to push champions Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title.
The match against Werder will be important as Dortmund will play at home and be expected to win the three points. Edin Terzić will focus on ensuring that his side can handle the pressure from the expectation of winning.
Dortmund have started the season with four goals scored and one conceded; they have kept one clean sheet in the process. Terzić will focus on maintaining a robust balance between attack and defense to optimize his chances of winning.
Can Werder Bremen get off the mark with a win in the Bundesliga?
Werder have taken two points out of the six available in their first two fixtures in the Bundesliga. They will look to notch their first win of the new season as they seek to inch upward on the table.
Ole Werner will look to ensure that his team are disciplined and compact in the match against Dortmund given the quality in the ranks of the Westfalenstadion side.
However, Werner will also focus on the weaknesses of Dortmund as he plans a way to hurt his opponents on Saturday. Mainly, the focus will be on transitions and set pieces. Fast counter-attacks will catch Dortmund out of shape and create goal-scoring opportunities.
Dortmund started with a solid 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on the opening weekend of the new Bundesliga season. They followed this result up with an impressive 3-1 win away to Freiburg last weekend.
With one clean sheet and four goals scored, Edin Terzić will feel that his side is operating optimally as the new season gains steam.
The focus will be on bolstering and maintaining the squad’s fitness as the season comes thick and fast. It is especially crucial because Dortmund lost Erling Haaland, their leading scorer last season.
Werder started the season with an exciting 2-2 draw against Vfl Wolfsburg; they followed this result up with another thrilling 2-2 draw against Stuttgart.
While Ole Werner will be pleased with his side’s attacking potency, he will be worried about the ability of his side to keep clean sheets.
Although they have scored four goals in two matches, they have also conceded four goals in the process. Werner will be focusing on improving his side’s ability to shut out the opposition without negatively affecting their attacking potency.
Their leaking defense, coupled with the attacking prowess of Dortmund, underscores the scale of the task Ole Werner is facing ahead of this clash on Saturday.
Possible Starting Lineups
Kobel; R. Guerreiro, N. Schlotterbeck, M. Hummels, T. Meunier; M. Dahoud, J. Bellingham; D. Malen, M. Reus, T. Hazard; A. Modeste
Pavlenka; A. Pieper, M. Veljkovic, M. Friedl; M. Weiser, L. Bittencourt, I. Gruev, J. Stage, A. Jung; N. Fullkrug, M. Ducksch
Players to Watch
With the exit of Haaland, the 33-year-old’s importance to Dortmund has only been magnified.
His goals and attacking thrust will be crucial for Dortmund this season as they seek to push Bayern all the way.
In the match against Werder, the attacker will be central in the approach adopted by the manager to break down a stubborn Werder defence and get the goal(s) needed to take all three points.
The striker opened his account in the first match against Wolfsburg in the new season to equalize after the home team had taken the lead in the 11th minute via a Lukas Nmecha goal.
The striker also netted against VfB Stuttgart, helping his team to another 2-2 draw, taking an important point.
The striker will be important for Werder when they face Dortmund on Saturday as he leads the attacking line.
Borussia Dortmund will seek to play on the front foot, dominating possession, and ceaselessly press throughout the pitch. They will combine a patient build-up with vertical transitions when they win possession.
Werder will seek to maintain solidity at the back by playing with a low bloc and eliminating the space Dortmund’s pacey wide players could exploit. They will depend on set pieces and counter-attacks to catch Dortmund cold and cause defensive problems.
Given their quality and current form, Borussia Dortmund are well-placed to win the match and take all the three points on offer.
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