Dortmund ensured an eventful restart to the Bundesliga after a two-month layoff, as they thrashed arch rivals Schalke 4-0 at the Signal Iduna Park last Saturday. With Bayern Munich also winning their fixture against Union Berlin, Lucien Favre’s side remain four points below the league leaders in second place in the Bundesliga standings.
Wolfsburg, on the other hand, are vying for the final European qualification spot. The Wolves are currently stationed in the sixth spot in the Bundesliga table, after their nail-biting 2-1 victory over Augsburg last weekend.
Here are 3 things to look forward to as Borussia Dortmund travel to Wolfsburg on Saturday.
3. Can Dortmund do the double?
The reverse fixture saw Dortmund pick up a 3-0 win, with second half goals from Thorgan Hazard, Raphael Guerreiro, and Mario Gotze. This time around, they will be without Axel Witsel, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Marco Reus, who could be out for the season.
Last week saw Erling Haaland picking up from where he left off before all football was put on hold, and he is BVB's man to watch. Lucien Favre's side have now won five Bundesliga matches in a row, scoring 12 goals and conceding just once during that impressive run of results.
2. Die Wolfe gunning for Europa League spot
Wolfsburg needed an injury-time winner to see off Augsburg 2-1 on their Bundesliga return. That moved them into the final Europa League qualifying place in sixth, but only two points ahead of the chasing pack of Freiburg and Schalke.
A return of 15 points from the last 21 on offer has lifted Oliver Glasner's side into sixth, the same position that they finished in last season. This is not a fixture the Wolves tend to do well in, though, having taken only one point from their last nine league meetings against Dortmund, including four home losses in a row.
1. One eye on the title for Favre
Borussia Dortmund have won five in a row since their 4-3 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in February. That remains the only occasion they have dropped points since the turn of the year. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg are unbeaten in their previous seven Bundesliga matches (W4 D3). Their last defeat came in January against Hertha Berlin.
However, Bayern have also won five in a row and are four points better off at the summit with eight matches to go. Favre’s men also face a tough midweek Der Klassiker on matchday 28, colliding with Bayern in what will surely be a proverbial six-pointer for the title. Anything other than a win this weekend could scupper their chances of domestic success.