Match Preview: Wolfsburg vs Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund travel to the north east to Wolfsburg as they get their league campaign underway against VFL Wolfsburg this Saturday.

Match Details:

Date: 19th August
Venue: Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
Timings: 8:00PM(IST), 3:30PM(CET), 2:30PM(UK Time)
Telecast: For more TV related information go to livesoccertv.com

Team News:

Wolfsburg: Andries Jonker gets his second season underway as a Wolfsburg coach after being appointed on 27th February 2017. Narrowly surviving relegation last season, Wolfsburg wouldn’t like to repeat that again this season. Wolfsburg will be without their right back John-Anthony Brooks due to a cracked tendon and Trasch who recently had an operation. Sebastian Jung, Bruma, Vierinha will be missing due to injury. Wolfsburg top scorer last season Mario Gomez will be looking forward to the match and will be looking to get into the score sheet this Saturday.

Predicted 11: Casteels, Verhaegh, Knoche, Uduokhai, Gerhardt, Bazoer, Camacho, Blaszczykowski, Didavi, Hinds, Gomez

Borussia Dortmund: Yet its another season and the same old injury crisis of Borussia Dortmund. They begin their season with 4 of their players injured which include Marco Reus, Raphael Guerreiro, Julian Weigl and Erik Durm. The most recent person to get into the injury list is Andre Schurrle who injured his thigh. Although he played an hour against 1.FC Rielasingen-Arlen, later it was announced that he will be out for 4 weeks missing the match against Wolfsburg and also the following match against Hertha. Dortmund will also be without their French starlet Ousmane Dembele who is suspended by the club. World cup winner Mario Gotze might make his return to the Bundesliga tomorrow after missing action due to muscular problems after the winter break last season.

Borussia Dortmund New manager Peter Bosz on the other hand is excited about his Bundesliga debut as a manager. He recently said in an interview, “I have always followed the Bundesliga on TV. Now I can do it from the sideline. Thats great!!”

Predicted 11: Bürki, Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer, Castro, Dahoud, Götze, Pulisic, Aubameyang, Philipp

Opta Stats:

Wolfsburg have lost their last four against Dortmund, including 5-1 and 3-0 last season.
The Wolves’ last win over BVB was in the 2015 DFB Cup final (3-1).
Last season’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has seven goals in 10 Bundesliga appearances against Wolfsburg, including two last year.
Yunus Malli has lost all eight matches against Borussia. Daniel Didavi has just a draw against them from his eight meetings.
Nuri Sahin became the youngest Bundesliga player of all time when he appeared in Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg in August 2005.
Wolfsburg lost a league-high nine home games last season and more than in any previous campaign

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Last 5 Matches Head to Head:
Wolfsburg: 1
BVB: 4