Ever since stating their objective was not a Champions League place<, but the Bundesliga stay, Borussia Dortmund started playing better. Now, BVB are getting ready for the Bundesliga trip to Hamburg while they await on the news about Marco Reus’ injury.
Borussia Dortmund secured a DFB Pokal quarter final qualification after a 2-0 win over Dynamo Dresden, where Immobile scored a brace in the second half. They would have lost the tie if it were up to Mats Hummels, who lost the ball to Eilers right after Immobile opened the score. Langerak saved the team from the blushes and they can now fully concentrate on Bundesliga. BVB had three different goalscorers in the Revierderby win, all in the last 15 minutes of the game, and it remains to be seen just how well they can build a team around Immobile if Reus will be set to miss the Hamburg match.
After the 0-8 disaster against Bayern Munich, Hamburg’s attempts to escape relegation zone are proving futile. They lost against Eintracht Frankfurt (they have Meier) but managed to record an unexpected 1-1 draw against Gladbach. They tend to play more stable at Imtech Arena, which had Zinnbauer state that his team is not thinking about relegation because they will start winning points soon. The good news in their camp came from Behrami and Cleber who took part in team training and are targeting their return on Saturday. Hamburg’s coach also expects Lassoga, Olic and Jansen in today’s training session, but he is unsure whether they will be able to start from the beginning.
Zinnbauer is aware Behrami will lead Hamburg on the pitch and is willing to build the team around him if the medical staff will give the ok until Friday. Dortmund have improved greatly in the last couple of matches, and they are the obvious favorites to win, even if in the last five matches, including the ones when they were at the top of their form, they only have one win, while Hamburg have four wins. If Cleber does indeed return in his center-back role, Immobile and Aubameyang will have trouble scoring early in the game. Speaking about goals, BVB have scored at least three in their last four Bundesliga matches, and in their four wins they have conceded four goals, against Mainz and Stuttgart, the last placed Bundesliga team.
Hamburg have 6.00 odds to win, Dortmund 1.53, and a draw with a lot of goals has 4.33 odds. Both teams to score have 1.80 odds, BVB with a -1 handicap has 2.25 odds, Hamburg with a +1 handicap 2.60 and over 2.5 goals in the second half 3.75 odds. Ramos, Immobile and Aubameyang have 2.30 odds to score, Nicolai Müller 4.00, Van der Vaart 5.50 and Stieber 6.00 as an anytime goalscoer. We are going to bet 7 units on Hamburg to score in the second half with 2.20 odds from Bet365.