Prematch: VfL Bochum 1848 vs Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund hope to remain on top of the Bundesliga table following their trip to Bochum

Published: April 26, 2023 17:06


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VfL Bochum 1848 will host Borussia Dortmund on Friday, April 28, at Vonovia Ruhrstadion starting at 19:30 (GMT+1).

Bochum Suffer 5-1 Defeat at Home to Wolfsburg in Front of 30000 Spectators

Bochum were defeated 5-1 at home to Wolfsburg at Ruhrstadion – which hosted more than 30000 spectators – over the weekend in front of their own supporters. Moritz Broschinski scored the only goal for Bochum as they lost for only the second time this season, WDLDL. Bochum sit 15th overall with 27 points earned after 8W, 3D, and 18L matches played this year. Bochum currently ranks last in terms of defense in the Bundesliga, having conceded 66 goals (2.28 GPG) through 29 matches. Although they’ve scored 10 times over their last four Bundesliga outings, Bochum hope to avoid conceding any more against one of the league’s second-best attacks – hopefully by keeping their goalkeeper quiet for once! Bochum have failed to record a win against Dortmund in any of their four top-flight matches since April 2022 [0W, 2D, 2L]. Furthermore, over nine Bundesliga encounters between these sides they’ve only managed one victory – a 4-3 triumph back in April 2022. Thomas Letsch will hope his side can put aside their poor form against Dortmund and produce something special in their opening match of the weekend. “If we can continue this momentum into our next game against Dortmund, then I have no qualms about facing off against them,” he remarked, following Wolfsburg’s 5-1 trouncing. Philipp Hofmann will likely lead an attacking four-two-three-one lineup against Dortmund; Forster (Achilles tendon injury) and Schlotterbeck (leg injury) remain uncertain for this weekend’s matchup.

Borussia Dortmund Leapfrog Bayern Munich to Top Spot in Bundesliga After 4-0 Win Against Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Dortmund returned to the top of the Bundesliga last weekend with an emphatic 4-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, vaulting them back up the standings and back onto top spot in their respective table. Donyell Malen scored two goals (24′ and 66′) at Signal Iduna Park to lead his side to their third win out of five [WLWDW]. Also scoring goals were Jude Bellingham (19′) and Mats Hummels (41). Dortmund lead Bayern Munich with 60 points after 19 wins, 3 draws, and 7 losses – one more than second-placed Bayern. While Bayern remains inconsistent, Dortmund have taken full advantage of Bayern’s inconsistent form to take over top spot since winning their inaugural league crown back in 2011/12, yet have failed to win any competitive away game over that span [0W, 2D, 3L]. Edin Terzic could maintain last weekend’s 4–3–3 formation against Bochum on Friday. Donyell Malen, Haller and Karim Adeyemi will lead their attack while Duranville [thigh], Meunier [adductor], and Morey [match fitness] have all been ruled out; Nico Schlotterbeck remains uncertain for this game.

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