Arminia Bielefeld vs. Borussia Dortmund Betting Preview – Bundesliga, October 31, 2020
The 2020-21 German Bundesliga season goes on with Matchday 6 over the weekend, and Saturday’s schedule brings the clash between the newcomers Arminia Bielefeld and the reigning vice-champs Borussia Dortmund.
These two foes haven’t met each other since 2009 when Borussia dismantled Arminia 6-0 at home. I bring you the best Arminia Bielefeld vs. Borussia Dortmund betting pick for their first duel in 11 years, so let’s take a closer look.
Bielefeld vs. Dortmund Odds
The Black and Yellows opened as strong road favorites in this one. The bookies don’t trust the newcomers even though they will play on the home field.
There will be a limited number of fans on the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic, but not nearly enough to create a wild atmosphere that could affect the visitors.
The Blues opened the season with a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, and they beat FC Koln 1-0 at home in Matchday 2. However, they’ve been struggling since Matchday 3 and are riding a three-game losing streak following a 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg this past weekend.
Arminia was completely outplayed in the first half, as Wolfsburg blew a few excellent scoring opportunities while scoring twice. Things changed in the second half when Bielefeld scored on its first shot on target, while the Blues hit the post down the stretch after Sven Schipplock cut the deficit.
The Blues will be without Cebio Soukou on Saturday, and the 28-year-old forward scored one goal in four outings this season. All other players are ready to go.
The Black and Yellows, on the other side, have won four of their first five Bundesliga games along with a surprising 2-0 defeat at Augsburg back in Matchday 2. They are on a three-game win streak following a 3-0 home victory over Schalke last weekend.
Borussia is coming off a 2-0 home win to Zenit St. Petersburg in the second round of the UEFA Champions League this past Wednesday. The Black and Yellows took eight shots more than their rivals (12-4) and kept the ball in possession for 65 percent of the time, but they barely outlasted the Russian side.
Striker Erling Haaland leads the way for Dortmund with eight goals and three assists in nine appearances in all competitions. Borussia will miss a few players Saturday including midfielder Emre Can (COVID-19), but all their key guys are ready to play.
Bielefeld vs. Dortmund Pick
The Black and Yellows have played well since the start of the new season. They’ve dominated all their rivals thus far and I expect to see more of the same at Schuco Arena in Bielefeld.
Arminia is a mediocre team, no doubt. The Blues welcomed Bayern Munich two weeks ago and suffered a 4-1 defeat. They lack talent on the offensive end, so I’m backing Borussia Dortmund to win.
The odds on the visitors are not attractive. Therefore, I suggest you take the combo bet on Dortmund to win along with more than a couple of goals in total.
I don’t see the visitors beating Arminia 1-0. If Borussia scores first, the Blues will push forward in numbers down the stretch, leaving a lot of room on their half of the pitch.
Borussia Dortmund to Win & Over 1.5 Goals-185