Borussia Dortmund making late season push

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German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund were beaten 2-1 in the European Champions League final just two seasons ago, but are now fighting for survival in their domestic league. The team’s fall from grace came suddenly and unexpectedly and their main aim is to avoid relegation this season. Dortmund seems to be succeeding as they’ve climbed all the way from 17th place in the 18-team league up to 10th over the past few weeks. They’re just nine points out of the basement and 32 behind league-leading Bayern Munich, but now site in 10th position.

bet365 lists the chances of Borussia Dortmund being relegated as 150/1.

After 25 games the team has a record of eight wins, five draws and 11 defeats for 29 points with 31 goals scored and 31 allowed. Dortmund could still possibly earn a berth in the 2014/15 Champions League if they continue to earn points. They’ve won four, drawn two and lost just once in their past seven league outings and won four in a row at one point. Many fans aren’t surprised at the change in fortunes since manager Jurgen Klopp has plenty of world class talent in his squad. Their bad luck n the first half of the season was mainly due to poor finishing around the opposition net and injuries to key players.

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To reach the Champions League next season Dortmund must finish in the top four in the Bundesliga and are currently 10 points behind fourth-place Bayer Leverkusen with 12 games to go in the campaign and 36 points still up for grabs. The squad is definitely playing better soccer in the second half of the season as they’ve been dominating their opponents on the pitch. Since the Bundesliga returned from its winter break the team has allowed just 14 shots against from inside the 18-yard box. Defending champions and table-toppers Bayern Munich have allowed 26 against and the rest of the clubs have conceded a minimum of 30.

When it comes to the other end of the pitch, Dortmund has 41 shots on goal from the 18-yard box over the past six contests to lead the league in that period. Statistics show that Dortmund has been the best team in Germany since the winter break, but the club still has a bit of a mountain to climb to reach fourth place. They need to jump over six teams in their last 12 games and this could ultimately prove to be too much for them. Most of Dortmund’s walking wounded have returned to the lineup and the good news here is that they’re not likely to fall back into the relegation zone this season. bet365 lists their chances of being relegated as 150/1.

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