Bundesliga return this weekend as Borussia Dortmund will welcome Bochum to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in their last five games across all competitions (W3, D2).
They have three clean sheets in their last five games.
The hosts are unbeaten in their last four home matches, collecting 10 points from a possible 12.
Marco Reus has scored against 17 of the 18 current Bundesliga clubs, Bochum being the exception.
Gregor Kobel has repelled 80% of shots on his goal, compared to 67% last season.
Bochum’s nine defeats after 12 matches is as many as they suffered across the entire 2021/22 Bundesliga campaign.
VfL have lost seven away matches in a row since winning 4-3 in Dortmund on Matchday 32 of last season.
Bochum have not kept a clean sheet in 18 league games.
The visitors have conceded 2+ goals in eight of their last ten away matches.
Bochum are unbeaten in their last two head-to-head games against Dortmund (W1, D1).
Head to head
Dortmund have won four of the last ten games against Bochum (D4, L2).
Latest performances in all competitions
Borussia Dortmund will look to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions when they welcome VfL Bochum to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
The hosts have bounced back admirably from their 2-0 to Union in mid-October, winning three out of their last five games in all competitions (D2)–their first five-game unbeaten run across all competitions since March.
Their last in that series was a 1-1 draw with FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday. In the league, they currently are on two game-winning run, having beaten Stuttgart 5-0 at home before a 2-1 away win over Frankfurt last time out.
And so, they come into this tie sitting in fourth place, just four points behind surprise leaders Union Berlin. They will welcome lowly Bochum to Westfalenstadion with a decent home record, having won four of the six games held in this stadium this season (D1, L1).
Also, they conceded only two goals, both in the first half, across their last five unbeaten run, highlighting the defensive improvements in Edin Terzić’s side across recent weeks.
Another robust defensive performance could be enough to seal a third straight league win, particularly as the hosts’ attack often holds up its end of the bargain at Signal Iduna Park, highlighted by Dortmund scoring in each of their last 40 Bundesliga home games which is an ongoing club record.
Possible Dortmund starting line-up
Alexander Meyer; Niklas Süle, Emre Can, Nico Schlotterbeck, Thorgan Hazard; Salih Özcan, Jude Bellingham; Karim Adeyemi, Julian Brandt, Giovanni Reyna; Youssoufa Moukoko.
Injured: Tom Rothe, Mats Hummels, Gregor Kobel, Raphael Guerreiro, Thomas Meunier, Marco Reus, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Mahmoud Dahoud, Sebastian Haller
Bochum will travel to Westfalenstadion in very poor away form, having lost their last seven away games in the league.
The visitors currently also hold the longest active run without a Bundesliga clean sheet on their travels (18 matches) and start this round second from bottom having won just two games all season (D1, L9).
However, those two wins came in their last four league games (L2), with a 2-1 win over surprise league leaders Union Berlin, the pick of the bunch.
And so, they will travel to Signal Iduna Park hopeful of getting a good result, just like they did at this venue back in April with a standout 4-3 victory.
Although the prospects of that happening look extremely low as Bochum have conceded four goals in each of their last four away games while scoring just once.
Possible Bochum starting line-up
Manuel Riemann; Cristian Gamboa, Ivan Ordets, V. Lampropoulos, Danilo Soares; Anthony Losilla, Kevin Stöger; Jordi Osei-Tutu, Philip Foster, C. Antwi-Adjej; Philipp Hofmann.
Injured: Marko Johansson, Dominique Heintz, Erhan Masovic, Jacek Goralski, Takuma Asano, Paul Gave
Dortmund 2-0 Bochum