Borussia Dortmund: 5 Reasons They Will Take All 3 Points Against Nuremberg
The Bundesliga transfer window closed on Tuesday.
No new faces arrived at Signal Iduna Park so we must assume Jürgen Klopp, who recently signed a contract extension until 2016, is confident that his current crop of stars has what it takes to beat Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title.
FC Nuremberg, Dortmund’s hosts this Friday, have no such ambitions this season. They are currently fighting for points at the wrong end of the table.
Here is a look at some of the areas where the gulf in class is all too apparent.
Nuremberg has only managed to amass 19 goals so far this term, the third fewest in the league, while Borussia has scored an impressive 43, the third most.
Tomas Pekhart, Nuremberg’s Czech No. 9 is experiencing a bit of a goal drought, having scored just four in the league, while his opposite number, Robert Lewandowski, has found the net 14 times for Dortmund.
Dortmund has shut out the opposition on seven occasions in the 19 Bundesliga games played so far, while Nuremberg have only managed four clean sheets.
In total, Borussia has conceded 19 times, the third fewest in the league, whereas Nuremberg has let in a disappointing 15 goals more.
Expect Dortmund’s attacking prowess and Nuremburg’s tendency to concede to equal plenty of goals.
Home & Away
Dortmund currently has the best away record in the league, with 18 points from 10 games.
However, Nuremberg has only managed to pick up 12 points at home this season.
The combination of Dortmund’s superb away form and Nuremberg’s mediocre performances at home should result in another three points on the road for BVB.
The history between these two teams is extremely encouraging for BVB, having recorded 29 wins against Nuremberg and only losing 13 times.
Dortmund was the victor in its last five meetings, having won 2-0 in each of the last three games, including this season’s victory at the Westfalenstadion.
When it comes to keeping their cool, Dortmund players are certainly streets ahead of this Friday’s opposition.
While both teams have collected two red cards, Borussia has been shown only half as many yellow cards this season; Nuremburg having been booked a staggering 38 times.