The facts on the "Little Derby"

The facts on the
The facts on the "Little Derby"

Borussia Dortmund will play host to VfL Bochum in the 86th “Little Derby” on Sunday. We have compiled the most important information in a compact format.

The scenario: Fifth versus 14th. Dortmund are level on points with fourth and one point behind third. Bochum have a nine-point lead over the relegation play-off place. Borussia have lost only one of their last 11 meetings with their neighbours – but: BVB have won just one of the five Bundesliga clashes since VfL were promoted again in the summer of 2021.

Home/away: Borussia Dortmund have won only one of their last four home games (4-2 against Mönchengladbach on 25/11/2023). Including last season, Bochum have come out on top in only one of their most recent 13 away games: 2-1 in Darmstadt on 3/11/2023.

Statistics: Two teams have lost fewer games than Borussia Dortmund: Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. BVB did not concede a goal on the opening two matchdays of 2024. Bochum have lost only one of their previous four games and, with eight stalemates, have now already played out more draws than they did in the entirety of last season (five). Only Mönchengladbach have deployed more players under 21 years of age (six) than Dortmund (five). Bochum have the oldest team in the league, with the players deployed having an average age of 29.0 years.

Head-to-head record: Historically, Borussia Dortmund have never had an easy time of it against VfL Bochum, winning 25 of 65 meetings (38%). The win percentage is only lower against Bayern Munich (and 1. FC Heidenheim). This fixture has never ended 0-0 in Dortmund. BVB have lost only once against the team from the Castroper after taking a 1-0 lead.

Biggest home win: 65,600 spectators saw the Black & Yellows stroll to a 5-0 victory on Matchday 30 of the 2000/2001 season. Lars Ricken (16th minute) and Jörg Heinrich (29) scored for an early 2-0 lead. “Billy” Reina bagged a brace in the 66th and 68th minutes to increase the advantage to 4-0, with “Micky” Stevic then rounding off the scoring from the spot after Reina had been fouled.
Compiled by Boris Rupert

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