SV Darmstadt vs Borussia Dortmund Predictions

Darmstadt 98 vs Borussia Dortmund predictions ahead of Saturday evening’s Bundesliga affair. Dortmund seeks a win to contend for Champions League places, while Darmstadt aims for a victory to escape the relegation zone. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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La Liga | Gameweek 17 — Jan 13, 2024 at 5.30pm UK at Stadion am Bollenfalltor

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SV Darmstadt vs Borussia Dortmund Predictions

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Reason for tip: Mali's attacking depth and form make them favourites to net multiple goals, leveraging their diverse scoring sources. While robust, Mali's defence might concede, especially to South African counter-attacks or set-pieces. South Africa's scoring record, albeit inconsistent, hints they could penetrate Mali's defence. Mali's superiority and goal spree suggest a convincing win with a solid goal margin.

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Resurgence or Relapse? – Dortmund’s Quest for Redemption at Darmstadt

Key Stats
– Darmstadt’s defence is the weakest in the Bundesliga, conceding 41 goals.
– Dortmund has scored 30 goals but has conceded 25, highlighting their attacking strength and defensive frailty.
– Julian Brandt is Dortmund’s top scorer, highlighting their reliance on midfield creativity.

This weekend’s Bundesliga face-off at the Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor sees Darmstadt hosting Borussia Dortmund, a crucial game for both teams but with starkly different stakes. Dortmund eyes a vital win to push for the coveted Champions League spots, while Darmstadt fights a desperate battle against relegation.

Tactical Tussle: Darmstadt’s Struggle vs Dortmund’s Ambition

Darmstadt’s Challenge: Sitting at the bottom of the Bundesliga, Darmstadt’s primary woes have been defensive, conceding an alarming 41 goals. Coach Torsten Lieberknecht’s side, while aggressive in their play, often leaves gaping vulnerabilities at the back. Their attack, averaging just over a goal per game, lacks the clinical edge needed to overturn their fortunes.

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Dortmund’s Dilemma: Edin Terzić’s Dortmund, placed fifth, is seemingly in a better spot but not without issues. Their attack, spearheaded by Julian Brandt, has shown sparks of brilliance but lacks consistency. Defensively, they’ve been porous, especially on their travels, with no clean sheets away from home.

Expected Line-ups and Styles of Play

Darmstadt: Likely to adopt a 4-3-3 formation, they might focus on exploiting Dortmund’s defensive fragility through counter-attacks. The absence of key players could see them rely heavily on Marvin Mehlem’s creativity and Tim Skarke’s goal-scoring abilities.

Dortmund: Expected in a 4-2-3-1 setup, Dortmund will bank on Julian Brandt’s playmaking skills and the attacking prowess of Niclas Füllkrug. Their strategy would be to dominate possession and exploit Darmstadt’s defensive gaps.

Key Battles and Areas of Decisiveness

The midfield tussle between Dortmund’s creative force and Darmstadt’s combative presence could be pivotal. The effectiveness of Dortmund’s high line against Darmstadt’s counter-attacking threats, especially through Skarke, will be another key area.

Strategic Pros and Cons

Darmstadt’s Pros: Their aggressive approach can unsettle Dortmund’s shaky defense. Cons: This aggression often leads to defensive lapses, which Dortmund’s attack can exploit.

Dortmund’s Pros: Strong attacking options and midfield creativity. Cons: Defensive frailties and inconsistency in converting chances into goals.

Managerial Match-up

Torsten Lieberknecht’s pragmatic approach versus Edin Terzić’s more dynamic style presents an intriguing contrast. Terzić, however, faces criticism for not fully harnessing Dortmund’s attacking potential and needs to address the defensive woes.

Improvement Suggestions

Darmstadt: Needs a more balanced approach, enhancing their defensive solidity without compromising on attack.

Dortmund: Urgent improvements needed in defence, alongside fostering more consistent attacking output.

Gameplay Prediction

Expect a game where Dortmund controls the tempo, creating numerous chances. Darmstadt will look to exploit any defensive gaps through quick counter-attacks.

Predictions

  1. Dortmund to Win & Both Teams To Score: Dortmund’s attacking prowess, led by Brandt and Füllkrug, should overpower Darmstadt, yet their defensive vulnerabilities suggest both teams are likely to score in this compelling clash.
  2. Correct Score – Dortmund 3-1: Considering both teams’ tendencies to concede and Dortmund’s firepower, a 3-1 victory for Dortmund seems plausible.
  3. Goalscorer – Julian Brandt: Brandt’s form and influence in Dortmund’s play make him a likely candidate to find the net.
  4. Team to Score First – Dortmund: Dortmund’s propensity to start strong and Darmstadt’s defensive vulnerabilities suggest Dortmund will open the scoring.

£10 Returns £41

Reason for tip: Mali's formidable attack, with 15 goals in 6 matches, poses a serious threat to South Africa's defence. Key players like Kamory Doumbia and Yves Bissouma spearhead Mali's offence. South Africa, despite struggles, remain consistent scorers, with Percy Tau exploiting defensive gaps. This clash reflects both teams' strengths and recent forms.

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£10 Returns £190

Reason for tip: Mali's attacking depth and form make them favourites to net multiple goals, leveraging their diverse scoring sources. While robust, Mali's defence might concede, especially to South African counter-attacks or set-pieces. South Africa's scoring record, albeit inconsistent, hints they could penetrate Mali's defence. Mali's superiority and goal spree suggest a convincing win with a solid goal margin.

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