Bundesliga News: Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen – Borussia Dortmund

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Verdict: over 1.5 goals in the first half

Best odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a showdown that could see a number of chances on both ends of the pitch this weekend, Bayer Leverkusen will welcome Borussia Dortmund to the BayArena on Saturday afternoon.

Bayer Leverkusen

Starting with the hosts, while Bayer Leverkusen might have been disappointed to have opened the 2021/22 season with only a 1-1 away draw at Union Berlin, it looks like it was just a small mistake for Die. Werkself. Making the decision to appoint new manager Gerardo Seoane over the summer, they were last seen entering the national team break two weeks ago enjoying a true purple patch. Securing yet another European milestone last season, the former Young Boys manager saw his side pick up seven points in their first three Bundesliga fixtures. Most impressively, establishing what was a true scorer as they worked their way to a 4-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 21 August, Leverkusen were also last seen hitting Augsburg for four away. Seeking to cause what some would call an upset this weekend, Seoane could ask Patrik Schick to lead their charge. Really catching the eye at the European Championships over the summer, the 25-year-old has scored two consecutive Bundesliga goals.

Team news

Leverkusen will have to do without the trio formed by Charles Aranguiz, Exequiel Palacios and Piero Hincapie, forced into isolation after returning from South America.

Edmond Tapsoba (ankle), Julian Baumgartlinger (knee), Timothy Fosu-Mensah (knee) are likely to miss this weekend.

Borussia Dortmund

As for the guests, who scored what was a real signal on the opening weekend as they made their way to an impressive 5-2 against Eintracht Frankfurt in rural Germany, Marco Rose’s new team has earned even more. once a reputation for its inconsistencies. Despite a 3-2 win over Hoffenheim at home, the former Gladbach manager saw his new team lose two of their last three challenges in all formats, a race that saw Bayer Monaco win the Super Cup thanks to a 3-1 win. Desperate to prove that their shocking 2-1 away defeat in Freiburg on 21 August was nothing but a surprise, BVB will also be desperate to find much-needed form in defense. Surprisingly, Dortmund have conceded at least a couple of goals in all four of their official matches this season. However, despite their problems in defense, Saturday’s guests have an offensive talisman enjoying another free scoring purple patch. Including a hat-trick against Gibraltar in the middle of the week, Norwegian superstar Erling Haaland has already racked up 11 club and country goals so far.

Team news

In what they hope will be a real defensive push this weekend, German international Mats Hummels could return from injury at the BayArena.

However, by adding Emre Can to their growing injury list, the likes of Soumaila Coulibaly, Mateu Morey, Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou will once again be missing here.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two sides last met in the Bundesliga in May, Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at home.
  • Each of the last seven consecutive matches between opponents on Saturday ended with over 2.5 goals.
  • Including a hat-trick for his country midweek, Erling Haaland has scored 11 club and country goals so far this season.
  • Bayer Leverkusen have collected seven points in their first three Bundesliga games.
  • Similarly, this weekend’s hosts scored a quartet of goals in their consecutive appearances before going to the national team break.

Conclusion

On paper, it’s hard to see anything other than another action-packed event at the BayArena this weekend. While Dortmund and offensive talisman Erling Haaland could open Saturday’s meeting as an exceptional pick, they once again showed a number of problems in defense. Now that they have scored at least a couple of goals in all four of their first competitive matches so far this season, a Leverkusen side that has scored without a penalty should be sniffing the possibility of unleashing a surprise. In view of the break for the national teams with consecutive victories 4-1 and 4-0 against Gladbach and Freiburg, the opportunities should come quickly here. In a battle between two factions that have a habit of producing fireworks, we may have the challenge on our hands.

Verdict: over 1.5 goals in the first half

Best odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

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