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Feb 27, 2021 at 2.30pm UK at Signal Iduna Park
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
3-0
Arminia BielefeldArminia Bielefeld
Dahoud (48'), Sancho (58' pen.), Jesus (81')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Pieper (57'), Kunze (72'), Prietl (83')

Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs. Arminia Bielefeld - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and Arminia Bielefeld, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Borussia Dortmund take on Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with the visitors looking to record a surprise upset and move out of the relegation places.

BVB, meanwhile, can potentially leapfrog Bayer Leverkusen into fifth place in the table with a victory.


Match preview

Erling Braut Haaland warms up for Borussia Dortmund on February 17, 2021© Reuters

Indeed, after a tumultuous few weeks for Dortmund, the pressure has lifted slightly from Edin Terzic's shoulders after recent significant victories over Sevilla in the Champions League and Schalke 04 in last weekend's Revierderby.

BVB's struggling rivals simply could not live with the interplay and attacking threat they carried throughout the encounter, particularly after Jadon Sancho's calm finish had broken the deadlock after 42 minutes.

Three minutes later, the winger's in-swinging cross tempted teammate Erling Braut Haaland into an acrobatic scissor kick, with the Norway striker unsurprisingly making a clean connection, which left substitute goalkeeper Michael Langer with absolutely no chance as Dortmund doubled their lead moments before the half-time interval.

Raphael Guerreiro capped a fine team move before England duo Sancho and Jude Bellingham excellently combined in the build-up to yet another Haaland brace as Dortmund wrapped up a clinical 4-0 victory. Terzic will be hoping that his side can continue to build on their momentum ahead of the DFB-Pokal quarter-final against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday.

Arminia Bielefeld manager Uwe Neuhaus pictured in February 2021© Reuters

After their superb 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich last Monday, Arminia crashed back down to Earth with a humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wolfsburg at the weekend.

In fairness, there is no disgrace at all in losing to the Wolves at present, with Oliver Glasner's side now nine games unbeaten having kept seven consecutive clean sheets after their trip to Bielefeld.

Yannick Gerhardt continued his superb creative form, racing down the right flank before putting a peach of a ball across the box for Renato Steffen to break the deadlock after 29 minutes. However, having scored on his debut against Bayern, Michel Vlap should have made it two in two early in his Arminia career to level the proceedings, but scuffed his effort harmlessly wide.

Perhaps that missed opportunity re-focused Wolfsburg minds, with Stefan Ortega contributing to Uwe Neuhaus's side's downfall by palming Wout Weghorst's tame effort straight into the path of Steffen, who duly doubled his tally, before Maximilian Arnold wrapped up the three points with a powerful effort from distance.

Neuhaus will be hoping for a better performance at Dortmund, with their recent point gained at Bayern proof that they can compete with any side on their day.

Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga form: LLWLDW
Borussia Dortmund form (all competitions): WWLDWW

Arminia Bielefeld Bundesliga form: DWLLDL


Team News

Borussia Dortmund's Manuel Akanji in action with Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri in the Bundesliga on May 16, 2020© Reuters

Dortmund are likely to be without Manuel Akanji, Lukasz Piszczek, Axel Witsel, Thorgan Hazard and Marcel Schmelzer due to injury.

Emre Can deputised well in defence alongside Mats Hummels at Schalke so should continue there, with Terzic perhaps tempted to rest a few key players ahead of Tuesday's cup match against his confirmed successor Marco Rose's Gladbach.

Arminia, meanwhile, are set to travel to Dortmund without Jacob Laursen and Cebio Soukou, with knocks likely to keep both in the treatment room for a week or two.

Nathan de Medina replaced Laursen during the defeat to Wolfsburg, so the 23-year-old could receive the nod from Neuhaus to start at left-back.

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Hitz; Meunier, Can, Hummels, Guerreiro; Delaney, Bellingham; Sancho, Brandt, Reyna; Haaland

Arminia Bielefeld possible starting lineup:
Ortega; Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, De Medina; Doan, Kunze, Prietl, Voglsammer; Vlap; Klos


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We say: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Arminia Bielefeld

We expect Dortmund to be too strong for their opponents after picking up two morale-boosting victories in the past 10 days.

Arminia showed against Bayern that they can be dangerous on the break, though, so it would not be a surprise to see them score and make life difficult for the hosts.



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2RB Leipzig33198659302965
3Borussia DortmundDortmund331941072452761
4Wolfsburg331710659342561
5Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt331512666521457
6Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen331410952361652
7Union BerlinUnion Berlin33111484842647
8Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach331210116054646
9Stuttgart33129125653345
10Freiburg33129125149245
11Hoffenheim331010135053-340
12Augsburg33106173449-1536
13Mainz 053399153654-1836
14Hertha Berlin33811144050-1035
15Arminia Bielefeld3388172452-2832
16Werder Bremen33710163453-1931
17FC Koln3379173360-2730
RSchalke 04Schalke3337232585-6016

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