Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund
Date: Saturday, 8 February 2020, Kick-off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: BayArena (Leverkusen).
Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to bounce back from surprising defeat at Werder Bremen and make it up to their fans for early cup exit when they travel to Leverkusen to battle it out against fellow Champions League hopefuls in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Match Preview
An exciting cup tie at the BayArena ends with the victorious Werkself through to the quarter-finals as Bayer 04 narrowly beat second division tough and sinewy VfB Stuttgart 2-1 in DFB Pokal Last 16.
In the league, Hoffenheim abruptly ended their three-game winning streak so with Monchengladbach getting a point off Leipzig, Champions League football went one step further from Die Werkself who still occupy 5th place, tied with Schalke and five points off CL dreams.
At the BayArena, you never know with Peter Bosz’s men as it would seems like they’re rolling the dice and decide that way whether to show up or not; they’re capable of standing up to the biggest teams across the globe as well as kicking the bucket and dropping points against relegation candidates.
Borussia Dortmund has missed out on the DFB Cup quarter-finals and suffered a surprising elimination from the competition following a shocking 3-2 defeat away to Werder Bremen.
The Black and Yellows strung up three straight Bundesliga victories in the New Year and due to Leipzig’s recklessness are once again back in the title race; sitting at 3rd, Bayern Munich is just three points away at the top.
Die Borussen had their share of missteps on the road in league, with the most recent one being a blunder v Hoffenheim, a game where they had the lead and dropped it all in the last ten minutes; we can add cup defeat v Werder in there though it is kinda unfair to judge them when they weren’t on their strongest.
Julian Baumgartlinger and Charles Aranguiz are still injured and will miss out this one out for the hosts. Paulinho is still with Brazil u23 while Kerem Demirbay is the last one MIA due to suspension.
Raphael Guerreiro and Thomas Delaney are close to returning but are unlikely to feature on Saturday as they’re far from full strength. Marco Reus apparently picked up an injury in Tuesday’s DFB cup clash and at the time of writing this, his status is unknown.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (81 games): Bayer Leverkusen 27 wins, 22 draws, Borussia Dortmund 32 wins.
- Bayer Leverkusen have 18-12-10 record at home versus Die Borussen.
- Borussia embarrassed Leverkusen in Dortmund, winning 4-0 back in September.
- The Black and Yellows are on a four-game winning (six-game unbeaten) streak v Die Werkself.
- Leverkusen couldn’t keep the ball out of their net last six times they’ve played BVB.
- Five of their last six meetings had more than 2.5 goals.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
By now, even my grandma knows what to expect from Borussia. Goals, goals and then some more goals. Leverkusen aren’t shy either, bit more conservative comparing to last year but still very attacking minded and technically gifted side. Hopefully, this clash proves to be the bash we all expect it to be.
Now, let’s get a bit ballsy and side with Leverkusen on this one. Dortmund has proven shaky record away from Westfalenstadion while Leverkusen usually bottles it up against lesser sides. With both sides going gung ho, let’s hope Bayer cope better in the mayhem this game might turn out to be.
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Betting tips
Over 3.5 goals @ 2.05
Leverkusen to Win @ 3.15.