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The Bundesliga 1 fixture at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday will see home side Borussia Dortmund up against Bayer Leverkusen.
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Borussia Dortmund will want to continue from where they left off last time out with the 0-3 DFB-Pokal success over 1860 Munich.
In that match, Borussia Dortmund managed 82% possession and 25 attempts at goal with 11 on target. For Borussia Dortmund, goals were scored by Donyell Malen (8'), Jude Bellingham (31') and Karim Adeyemi (35'). 1860 München had 1 shots at goal with 0 on target.
Three or more goals per match were recorded in 6 of the past 6 meetings where Borussia Dortmund have taken part. Opposition teams scored 10 of them in this period whereas Borussia Dortmund bagged a total of 18. That sort of pattern isn’t assured to follow through here, though.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Elversberg in DFB-Pokal competition, Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Bayer Leverkusen had 61% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 11 on target. For Bayer Leverkusen, the scorers were Adam Hložek (5'), Charles Aránguiz (30') and Patrik Schick (89'). For their opponents, Elversberg got 17 attempts on goal with 10 on target. Jannik Rochelt (2'), Kevin Koffi (17'), Luca Schnellbacher (37') and Kevin Conrad (74') scored for Elversberg.
Indicating their fondness for fruitful encounters, we’ve seen goals 24 times in the prior 6 games in which Bayer Leverkusen have taken to the pitch, giving an average of 4 goals for each fixture. Their opponents have got 9 from this total.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head duels stretching back to 14/09/2019, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Borussia Dortmund winning 3 of those games, Bayer Leverkusen 3 and 0 being draws in normal time.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 32 overall at an average of 5.33 goals per meeting.
The previous league contest between these sides was Bundesliga 1 match day 21 on 06/02/2022 when the final score was Borussia Dortmund 2-5 Bayer Leverkusen.
On that day, Borussia Dortmund had 64% possession and 14 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Goals were scored by Manuel Akanji (11' Own goal) and Steffen Tigges (89').
Bayer Leverkusen had 9 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Jeremie Frimpong (16' Own goal), Florian Wirtz (20'), Robert Andrich (28'), Jonathan Tah (53') and Moussa Diaby (87') scored.
The referee was Daniel Siebert.
Team News: Borussia Dortmund
There is just the sole fitness concern for the Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzić to be concerned with from an otherwise complete group of players. Sébastien Haller (Testicular Cancer) won’t play.
It’s our opinion that Dortmund look set to use the 4-2-3-1 system this time featuring Gregor Kobel, Thomas Meunier, Mats Hummels, Nico Schlotterbeck, Raphael Guerreiro, Mahmoud Dahoud, Jude Bellingham, Karim Adeyemi, Marco Reus, Donyell Malen and Youssoufa Moukoko.
Team News: Bayer Leverkusen
Thanks to a completely healthy group available to select from, the Bayer Leverkusen boss Gerardo Seoane doesn’t have any fitness concerns to report before this match.
We’re of the thinking that Leverkusen might elect for a 4-4-2 lineup by sending out Lukas Hradecky, Jeremie Frimpong, Jonathan Tah, Edmond Tapsoba, Piero Hincapie, Karim Bellarabi, Robert Andrich, Kerem Demirbay, Moussa Diaby, Sardar Azmoun and Patrik Schick.
In this match, Borussia Dortmund will most probably convert a lot of goal-scoring opportunities.
Conversely, Bayer Leverkusen will be up against it finding the net themselves but we can see them converting at least once.
Accordingly, we see a fairly comfortable 3-1 winning margin for Borussia Dortmund when all’s said and done.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Signal Iduna Park (81,365)
Captain: Marco Reus
Chairman: Reinhard Rauball
Manager: Edin Terzić
Competitions: Bundesliga 1 position 6, DFB-Pokal (First Round)