February has been far from plain sailing for Lucien Favre and Borussia Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben were knocked out of the DFB Pokal by Werder Bremen and have dropped points in successive Bundesliga games for the first time this season. As of February 12th, they still hold a five-point advantage over Bayern Munich and look to be in prime position. Can they prevent the resurgent holders from regaining their crown this season?
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This year’s title race has been fascinating viewing for neutrals, with Dortmund taking advantage of Bayern’s early-season inconsistencies. The pair are eight points clear of third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach and it appears to be a straight shoot-out between the high-flying pair. Niko Kovac’s side are looking to secure their seventh successive Bundesliga title, but they’ve already been defeated on four occasions this campaign and were edged out in a 3-2 thriller at Signal Iduna Park on November 10th.
Dortmund have rightly been getting plenty of plaudits this season and have been a joy to watch. They are the most prolific side in the German top flight, netting 54 times in 21 games and scoring four or more goals on six separate occasions. Paco Alcacer found the net in each of his first seven matches for the club, but he’s failed to notch since December 18th and Dortmund fans will be hoping the former Barcelona man can recapture his early-season form in 2019. Jadon Sancho is another player who has caught the eye this season, but Dortmund’s troubles have largely been at the other end of the pitch. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in their first four games of this calendar year and a cavalier approach to maintaining the lead inevitably proved costly against Hoffenheim on February 9th. Continue Reading