Our prediction for this match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Seattle Sounders and Liverpool, high-flying Borussia Dortmund will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Udinese at CASHPOINT Arena. The Zebrette suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Ravenna at the weekend and it is no surprise the Bundesliga side are seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s football match.
Borussia Dortmund have been scoring goals for fun in pre-season, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Paco Alcacer and Co. The former Barcelona attacker found the net in the 3-2 win over Liverpool, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Considering that Udinese eliminated Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League knockout stages in the 2008/2009 season, the Millionaires are hungry for revenge. The two teams meet for the first time ever in a friendly.
Highlighted Player (Daniel Bessa):
Daniel Bessa is a Brazilian midfielder who was born in San Paulo on January 14, 1993. Bessa played for the likes of Coritiba and Atletico-PR during his youth career before joining Inter football school at the age of 15. The Brazilian footballer did not see any game action for the Nerazzurri in the Serie A as he played for the likes of Vicenza, Olhanense, Sparta Rotterdam, Bologna and Como on loan from 2013 to 2016.
In the summer of 2016 he moved to Hellas Verona and you should know that he scored eight goals, while providing four assists for his teammates in 41 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Serie B campaign.
At the end of the season the Mastini secured promotion to the Italian top flight, with the team finishing the process in second place in the standings, four points behind SPAL. Daniel Bessa is a central midfielder, but he is capable of playing as a right winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.