- Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in ten Bundesliga meetings with Borussia Monchengladbach
- Six of Borussia Dortmund’s last eight games in the Bundesliga have featured under 3.5 goals
- Gladbach failed to score in six away league matches last term
Dortmund can make strong start to new campaign
Borussia Dortmund were once again edged by Bayern Munich in the race to win the Bundesliga last term but they can begin their pursuit of a first top-flight title since 2012 with victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Once Bayern were declared champions, Dortmund limped to the finish line at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, losing to the likes of Mainz and Hoffenheim, but they looked red hot in the first round of the DFB-Pokal earlier this week.
Five different players – Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham, Thorgan Hazard, Giovanni Reyna and Marco Reus – got on the scoresheet in their 5-0 thrashing of Dusiburg, with Dortmund managing 18 shots, 11 on target and 76 per cent possession at the MSV-Arena.
As well as Bellingham, Dortmund have also added defender Thomas Meunier and loanee midfielder Reinier to their ranks this term and have the makings of strong opponents.
Anticipate tight affair at Signal Iduna Park
Dortmund netted 46 goals in their 17 home matches last term, shipped only 17, and kept more home clean sheets (nine) than any other Bundesliga outfit last season.
They could therefore make life difficult for an impressive Borussia Monchengladbach outfit, who achieved a top-four finish and Champions League football last campaign.
Gladbach lost all three meetings with Dortmund last season in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal, each by a single-goal margin, and they could once again come unstuck at the Signal-Iduna Park.
They were also more effective on home soil, where 12 of their 20 league victories came last term, and could only score 26 goals on the road last term, with only Padeborn (seven) and Schalke (eight) firing more away blanks than Gladbach (six).
Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho to prove the difference
Dortmund have earned the reputation of fast starters in the Bundesliga, often petering out in the second half of the campaign, and were top of the standings for the first two weeks last season.
Although this could be a low-scoring affair on the opening weekend, Dortmund still have a dangerous attack at their disposal featuring Sancho, who scored 17 goals and laid on 16 assists last season, and Erling Haaland, who scored 13 times in 15 games.
Gladbach are one of the more organised defences in the league and should keep tabs on Dortmund for the most part but we ultimately predict that the hosts will come out on top.
In terms of a correct score, we predict a 1-0 win for Dortmund which was the result in the corresponding fixture last October. Dortmund have kept clean sheets in five of their last six league success in the Bundesliga and that looks to be the way to go.