Dortmund vs Union Berlin
German DFB Pokal
Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park (Dortmund).
Borussia Dortmund will be looking to reach the last 16 round of German DFB Pokal past a second-division opponent Union Berlin on Wednesday afternoon at Signal-Iduna-Park. A win here would see the 2016/17 champions match last term run when they were stopped to Bayern Munich in the last 16 round.
Die Schwarzgelben have been enjoying an exquisite form so far in the season in all competitions. They top both Bundesliga and their respective Champions League group standings and they managed to survive a serious Greuther Furth test in the opening round of DFB Pokal. Lucien Favre’s men were on the brink of cup elimination at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer, but Axel Witsel saved their campaign by netting the last-gasp 95th-minute equalizer. It was Marco Reus who then secured the victory I the very last minute of the extra-time to book Borussia this last 32 round tie with Union Berlin.
Dortmund vs Union Berlin: Head-to-head
The two teams met each other right at this stage of the competition two years ago when Dortmund needed penalties to secure the qualification for the last 16 round. The regular time ended in a 1-1 draw.
It was the lone official head to head contest between the two teams who also met each other in a mid-season friendly back in January 2016.
BVB won the friendly 1-3 on the road back then.
Dortmund vs Union Berlin: Prediction
Die Eisernen played a six-goal thriller in the first round of DFB Pokal. They eventually came on top beating Carl-Zeiss Jena 2-4 on the road on the occasion. The team led by Favre’s compatriot Urs Fischer also began the new season in a promising fashion.
The visitors are unbeaten in last ten games in all competitions and they sit third after 11 rounds of the competition in 2. Bundesliga. The team played very tight at the back lately. Die Eisernen will head into this off the back of subsequent goalless draws against Paderborn and Dynamo Dresden.
Given Dortmund struggled to see off Union Berlin two years ago, we can hardly see any value in backing the hosts at 1.18 odds here. We’ll shoot for the Under 3.5 goals FT bet at 1.83 instead. You can alternatively back the visitors not to lose by three or more goals difference at the odds of 1.57.
Dortmund vs Union Berlin: Bet Tips
Under 3.5 goals FT @ 1.83 (5/6)
Union Berlin +2.5 handicap @ 1.57 (4/7).