After submitting the necessary documentation for the second Bundesliga tier, Borussia Dortmund are actually trying to make some sense of the second half of their Bundesliga campaign. The match at Bay Arena somehow ended up being between the third and 17th placed Bundesliga teams, and not so much between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.
Bayer Leverkusen had a decent start in Bundesliga, but at Bay Arena they only lost once and have nine wins. That put the hosts 17 points behind the leader and seven points behind Wolfsburg. Bellarabi, Son, Calhanoglu, Drmic and Kiessling are Leverkusen’s top goalscorers with 23 goals, while Kiessling, Bellarabi and Bender are the top three in providing assists. Against Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen might be without Jedvaj, who is still recovering from a recent injury scare and Max Kruse is still under doubt.
Borussia Dortmund vowed to come back from the horrific first half of a season, and for that to happen they need to be clinical in front of the goal. With Marco Reus back in training and playing during friendly matches Die Borussen might get that creative spark their forwards have been missing. Aubameyang might return in time from international duty, but Mkhitaryan, Kehl, Durm and Bender are all set to miss this crucial match.
Last time the two teams faced each other it ended with a 2-0 win for Leverkusen with Bellarabi scoring the fastest Bundesliga goal after just nine seconds as a result of leaving Ginter and Langerak in the dust. Immobile was unable to find a breakthrough with Leverkusen’s defense and it remains to be seen whether he learned or not some new Bundesliga tricks. Jürgen Klopp stated he is ready to face a though opposition, but that he cannot focus on Leverkusen alone: “Our position is clear, we are four points behind the area where we want to be at the end of the season,” he stated in a recent interview.
Leverkusen score at least two goals when playing at home, while with the return of Reus, Dortmund’s chances to score have increased. Everyone predicts a hard fought game and the most common result is a draw with 3.50 odds from William Hill. Another Bayer Leverkusen win has 2.37 odds, a Dortmund one 2.80 and over 2.5 goals has 1.73 odds. Kiessling has 2.50 odds to score; Calhanoglu, Drmic, Immobile and Reus have 2.62, while Aubameyang and Bellarabi have 2.80 as an anytime goalscorer. We are betting 5 units on Bayer Leverkusen to win and over 2.5 goals with 3.40 odds from William Hill.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Borussia Dortmund: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Bayer Leverkusen to win and over 2.5 goals