Borussia Dortmund – Bayer Leverkusen Match preview & prediction
Last season, Bayer Leverkusen had a good finish to the season and placed third in the Bundesliga rankings. Last week, the away team defeated Udinese 2-1, and they’ll want to repeat that feat this time around.
On the other side, Borussia Dortmund finished in second place in the league table last year despite having a rather uneven recent history. The Antalyaspor match ended in a 1-1 tie for the Ruhr Valley giants, who will need to step it up this weekend.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in February this year and ended in a stunning 5-2 victory in favor of Bayer Leverkusen. Borussia Dortmund were thoroughly outplayed on the day and have a point to prove this weekend.
Dortmund are likely to be without new signing Sebastien Haller as the forward recovers from having a testicular tumour removed.
The club are seeking a short-term replacement for the Ivory Coast international, who was signed for around £28m to help fill the goalscoring void of Erling Haaland.
In the meantime, 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko could be handed a chance to lead the line after starting in last weekend’s cup win against 1860 Munich.
With support from Malen, captain Marco Reus and Adeyemi, who will make his first Bundesliga start here, Terzic’s side do not look short of goals even without a conventional striker.
At the back, meanwhile, Nico Schlotterbeck is in line for his league debut, but he will not be joined by fellow new signing Niklas Sule after the Germany international limped off with a muscle strain against 1860 Munich.
Leverkusen, meanwhile, will travel without their teenage sensation Florian Wirtz as he continues to recover from the cruciate ligament rupture he sustained last season.
Wirtz could be out of action for another couple of months at least, heaping pressure on Sardar Azmoun to deliver in the number ten role after a relatively slow start to life in Germany since moving from Zenit Saint Petersburg in January.
We expect to see a highly entertaining, high-scoring affair between two attacking teams Today.
Value Bet: Both teams to Score & Over2.5 goals in the match.