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To conclude the weekend of Bundesliga football, bottom faces top, as Nurnberg host Dortmund on Monday night, kicking off at 8:30pm local time. Dortmund could be only two points clear at the top of the table before this fixture, as a nail-biting title race enters its final third.

Home Team: Nurnberg

Nurnberg are rock-bottom of the Bundesliga having only accumulated 12 points from their first 21 matches. The only bit of positive news for Nurnberg is that they are only 3 points on 16th, which would give them a play-off against the 3rd best team in the 2nd division. Realistically though, Nurnberg are firm favourites to face the drop unless they can get a good run of results coming from out of the blue. Nurnberg have only won two games all season, and they both came in within a week towards the end of September – as they beat Hannover 96 and Fortuna at home.

Since then, they have only picked up four points in as many months. Their home form is the joint worst in the league, but it is where they have collected 10 of their 12 points this season, and they’ll need to get a few more big wins at home to survive the drop. Beating Borussia Dortmund is a highly unlikely scenario, but an improved performance, and maybe even a draw could do wonders for a club struggling so much.

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Away Team: Borussia Dortmund

On the other end of the table, Borussia Dortmund have had a tremendous season, as they are 5 points clear of Bayern Munich. It’s a title race that will really go down to the wire, with the sides meeting in April which could prove to be a title decider. Dortmund have only been beaten once in the league all season, and that came at the end of 2018, prior to the winter break. There is a slight cause of concern for manager Lucien Favre though, who has seen his side draw his last three games.

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Draws at Frankfurt in the league, and a home draw against Werder Bremen in the cup saw them eventually being eliminated on penalties. Following that, they managed to capitulate against Hoffenheim as they threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 in the league. To rub salt in the wounds, Dortmund also lost Marco Reus due to injury, and he may not be back in time for this match. Can Dortmund bounce back to winning ways?

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Head to Head

In the reverse fixture, Dortmund produced a stunning display winning 7-0 back in September, with six different scorers. Nurnberg were previously in the second division for the last 5 seasons, so we have to go back to 2013 for their previous meeting hosting Dortmund, which ended in a 1-1 draw. In fact, Dortmund haven’t won on their two most recent visits, with the sides drawing 1-1 the previous year, too. Aside from those draws, Dortmund have won the remaining 9 out of the last 11 matches, stretching back to 2008. Nurnberg’s last win against Dortmund came in 2007, in a 2-0 home win.

Predictions and Betting Tips

bet now betting on football Nurnberg are at 13/2 to win this match, with Dortmund favourites at 4/11. A draw is priced at 4/1. Nurnberg haven’t won a game in over 4 months, and have only drawn 4 times since, so that suggests there will be only one winner here. Despite conceding a lot of goals, Dortmund have still looked menacing up front, and I expect them to cause serious damage here, and win by a 4-1 score line at 14/1. Dortmund have scored 3+ goals in their two recent matches, and they are at 11/10 to achieve that again.

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For a repeat of their 7-0 success back in September, you can back that at 100/1. On the flip side, betting on Nurnberg to achieve anything in this game will be rewarded, so if you are feeling lucky, back them to score 2+ goals against a shaky Dortmund defence at 9/4, lead at half time at 9/2 or to win one half at 11/5.

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