SC Paderborn vs. Borussia Dortmund 5/31/20 German Bundesliga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Borussia Dortmund (17-6-5) at SC Paderborn (4-7-17)
Bundesliga Soccer: Sunday May 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Benteler Arena)
The Line: SC Paderborn +750 / Draw +450 / Borussia Dortmund -305 -- O/U: 3.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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SC Paderborn and Borussia Dortmund meet in German Bundesliga soccer action from Benteler Arena on Sunday afternoon.
SC Paderborn enter this one in last place, sitting in 18th on 19 points with a record of 4 wins, 7 draws and 17 losses following a 3rd straight tie in the form of a scoreless draw against Augsburg in their last match. Paderborn were out-possessed with just 47% possession in the game, but Paderborn did have more attempts on goal, holding a 15-12 edge over Augsburg. Dennis Srbeny and Strell Mamba each have a team-high 5 goals for Paderborn while Kai Proger has a team-high 6 assists.
Borussia Dortmund on the other hand, enter this match in 2nd position, sitting on 57 points with a record of 17 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses after a 1-0 loss in their all-important Der Klassiker matchup with Bayern Munich last time out. Dortmund had a strong hold on the match in the early going, but Munich would find their footing and take the lead just before the half. The two sides would split 50/50 possession at full time, but Dortmund wouldn’t find an equalizer, watching their potential Bundesliga title hopes fade with the final whistle. Jadon Sancho leads Dortmund in scoring with 14 goals and 16 assists while Marco Reus and Erling Haaland each have double-digit goal tallies for Dortmund this season but are missing this game due to injury. Roman Burki is the top goaltender for Dortmund, conceding 1.33 goals per 90 minutes with 10 clean sheets in 25 league matches this season.
I considered Paderborn and the heavy plus money at home given that Paderborn is getting desperate for points to survive. However, Paderborn keeps drawing games while the teams ahead of them are picking up wins here and there and it’s at the point where I’m ready to stick the fork in Paderborn. Dortmund has some injuries at the top with Haaland and Reus out, but Dortmund’s also the better team by a mile here, and need to keep winning if they’re going to any miniscule Bundesliga title hopes alive. I just don’t think I have much confidence in Paderborn offensively, so to get some value out of the wager, I’ll take Dortmund to win via shutout here.