Fortuna Dusseldorf welcomes Borussia Dortmund
Fortuna Dusseldorf welcomes Borussia Dortmund in a match from the 31th round of the German Bundesliga. These two teams will face each other at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf on Saturday. Let’s make a short preview of this fixture in the next few paragraphs.
For Fortuna Dusseldorf the situation didn’t change very much after the quarantine break – they continue to fight for their place in the league. Right now Fortuna are 16th in the league with 28 points. If they keep this position, they will have to play in the relegation playoff against a team from the 2. Bundesliga. At this moment they are three points behind the 15th Mainz 05 and the safe zone.
In terms of current form, Fortuna are not doing so badly. They have lost just one of their last five matches in the league – against Bayern Munich. This was completely expectable, though, so we can say they are doing well since the league got restarted.
Adam Bodzek is missing the next game for Fortuna Dusseldorf because of suspension, while Sobottka, Wiesner and Steffen are also not avaliable.
Borussia Dortmund are second in the league with 63 points and most probably this is the best they can do this season. Die Borussen were in a position to chase the title, but their loss against Bayern Munich in the derby put them 7 points behind the leader. Some might say the title race is over now.
That’s Dortmund’s only defeat since the COVID-19 break. In all other four matches Lucien Favre’s team celebrated wins. Last week Borussia had a difficult game against Hertha BSC, but celebrated a 1-0 win.
Can Fortuna Dusseldorf make a step towards survival against Borussia Dortmund? Surely the visitors are the favourites here. They have the better team, plus it’d be hardly any home ground advantage for Fortuna without fans at the stands.