With four wins from five games, Der BVB have started off the new season brightly and will have their confidence boosted further after beating Zenit St.Petersburg in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Die Arminen, in contrast, are plummeting closer to relegation. Back in the top-flight after 11 years, the promoted side are 14th after just a single victory from five games. They have lost their last three games.
Arminia Bielefeld vs Borussia Dortmund Head-To-Head
These sides have clashed 34 times before, with Borussia Dortmund narrowly edging in front with 14 victories to Bielefeld's 12.
The last meeting between the two rivals came way back in April 2009 when the Borussen ran out 6-0 victors at Signal Iduna Park. However, Dortmund haven't won at the Bielefeld Alm in three trips, losing once and drawing the next two.
Arminia Bielefeld Form Guide (all competitions): W-L-D-L-L
Borussia Dortmund Form Guide (all competitions): W-W-L-W-W
Arminia Bielefeld vs Borussia Dortmund Team News
Bielefeld manager Uwe Neuhaus will continue to be without attackers Cebio Soukou and Andreas Voglsammer as they recover from a torn muscle and a foot injury respectively.
Injured: Cebio Soukou and Andreas Voglsammer
While Blues are facing a shortage of attacking options, the Black and Yellows are witnessing a defensive crisis. Nico Schulz, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Marcel Schmelzer are all out injured, while Emre Can is still recovering from COVID-19 in isolation.
Injured: Nico Schulz, Dan-Axel Zagadu, and Marcel Schmelzer
Unavailable: Emre Can
Arminia Bielefeld vs Borussia Dortmund Predicted XI
Arminia Bielfeld (4-2-3-1): Stefan Ortega; Cedric Brunner, Amos Pieper, Mike van der Hoorn, Anderson Lucoqui; Fabian Kunze, Manuel Prietl; Ritsu Doan, Marcel Hartel, Sergio Cordova; Fabian Klos.
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Roman Bürki; Thomas Meunier, Manuel Akanji, Matts Hummels, Raphael Guerreiro; Jude Bellingham, Axel Witsel; Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Giovanni Reyna; Erling Haaland.
Arminia Bielefeld vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
Dortmund have made a fine start to the season, and have been impressive at both ends of the pitch. They've conceded the fewest goals in the division and also scored the third most behind only Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.
Bielefeld have lost their last three games, but have shown great resolve in each of those defeats. Loan signing Ritsu Doan is in a good form, but that is not likely to be enough to stop Lucien Favre's juggernaut from taking three points home to Dortmund.
Prediction: Arminia Bielefeld 1-3 Borussia DortmundPublished 30 Oct 2020, 14:26 IST