Both Borussia Dortmund and Augsburg look to bounce back from opening defeats when they collide in week 2 Bundesliga betting. Here’s a primer on this clash complete with soccer picks for your consideration.
Borussia Dortmund Prop Up the League After Round 1
Is it too early to panic? Borussia Dortmund, the sleeper soccer pick for many German football enthusiasts to win the Bundesliga title this season, were stunned at home 2-0 by Bayer Leverkusen in a highly anticipated season opener after beating Bayern Munich in German Super Cup action just a few days earlier.
Jurgen Klopp was forced to take the blame for his side’s eye-opening defeat that featured the fastest goal (nine seconds in) and another deep in stoppage time, and which only served as a reminder of his increasingly shortened bench. Dortmund lost arguably one of the best strikers in Bundesliga to archrivals Bayern Munich over the summer transfer window. While Captain Matts Hummels, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller and central defender Nevan Subotic, amongst several others, were missing with injuries (and the sort) for the season opener against Bayer Leverkusen. Still, those could be seen as just poor excuses for simply being unprepared for opening day.
BVB now have to regroup and rebound in week 2 Bundesliga betting against Augsburg, another side mired in the Bundesliga basement following a 2-0 defeat to an aggressive Hoffenheim that really took it the Bavarians. Historical trends are on BVB’s side. In 2010, BVB lost the opening game to Leverkusen 2-0 only to win the title by season end. What’s more, head-to-head results in recent seasons against Augsburg are encouraging with four wins in their last six meetings and no defeats. That said, Augsburg have pulled off a draw twice against Borussia Dortmund, including their last meeting which settled on a 2-2 draw.
Augsburg won’t be pushovers however. They are after a solid 2013-2014 season, in which they finished eighth with a 15-7-12 mark and 52 points, a run of form that was largely down to a solid record at home where they lost just five fixtures (9-3-5). They’ve had a poor start to the season behind a defeat in DFP Pokal and their season opening loss to Hoffenheim. It’s early days yet and signing new players is just one of many reactions to this poor start by Augsburg that augurs well for a turnaround.
Augsburg vs. Borussia Dortmund betting tips and picks
One week of Bundesliga action is the smallest sample size soccer bettors can turn to in any given season. It can’t be taken at face value that the pair are mired in the bottom of the table, to say the least. Both are better than the current position suggests, especially Borussia Dortmund. It remains to be seen what changes to the starting XI we shall see from both on Friday when these two sides collide, as those will have an impact on the outcome.
Something is going to have to give as both seek to get their Bundesliga campaigns on track. Augsburg are the serious underdogs according to bookies at +400, a price tag that smacks disingenuous given their solid home record last season. Augsburg fans could do no worse than back their side to victory. Just the many questions hanging over Borussia Dortmund cast their fancied -163 soccer odds in doubt. More than a few consider Borussia Dortmund priced too short at -163 given their injury list is still considerable and those that are returning from injury aren’t 100% match fit yet.
Soccer betting verdict: If Borussia Dortmund have all their starters ready for this fixture, namely their goalkeeper Weidenfeller they should win this clash.
Soccer Free Picks: Borussia Dortmund at -163 as offered by bet365 to win outright would be our main soccer pick. Other recommended picks for this match include Augsburg win or draw at +130; Under 2.5 +108 and Augsburg on the handicap at +1 +130