Reigning champions Borussia Dortmund are playing the opening game of the 2012-2013 season in front of their fans, hoping to start on the right foot. Their opponents are Werder Bremen, a team that struggles to recapture its lost glory and step once again in the flashlights of major European competitions.
Match: Borussia Dortmund vs Werder Bremen
Bet: Under 2,5
Odds: Bet365 2.70
Dortmund is not only credited with the first chance, but the odds are so low that it is hard to believe that any serious punter will take them for a straight win. They are a force to be reckoned with at the Borusseum but even when playing on an arena packed with enthusiastic fans, such odds for a match against Bremen are too low. The hosts will be without their inspirational striker Mario Gotze who is not fully recovered following an eye infection.
Anything but a scoring festival at the Borusseum
Without Gotze upfront, the hosts will have to push Lewandowski further as the lone striker, although he will enjoy the support of Kuba, Reus and Grosskreutz. The friendly games played in July and August were not as encouraging as the champions expected, with most of the victories being scrapped against teams playing in inferior German leagues. Both Nurnberg and Brugge won by two goals difference, which is troubling for Dortmund who failed to capitalize on its philosophy of scoring one goal more than its opponents.
Werder Bremen didn’t strengthen their squad too much during the season break and they’ve even lost their first goalkeeper as Tim Weise was traded to Hoffenheim. This means that the visitors will be extra cautious tonight against the offensive Borussia and start with a 4-5-1 formation having Petersen as the only striker. Mielitz will feature between the sticks and the backline will include Gebre Selassie who was recently acquired and will join Sokratis, Sebastian Prodl, and Alexander Ignjovski. Overall, Werder Bremen appears to be solid enough to withstand the first half storm that Dortmund is known to unleash.
Borussia is essentially an offensive team that doesn’t defend too well, because in most cases it doesn’t need to, but Werder seem to have their number. The last seven games between these two teams were all low scoring ones, which makes Bet365’s odds priceless. For the Under 2,5 game totals bet, the bookmaker presents odds of 2.70, which carry a lot of value and should be considered by punters.