Bayer Leverkusen host Borussia Dortmund at the BayArena at 6:30pm local time this Saturday. Both sides are in fairly good form going into the game, so there is much anticipation when the two sides will meet. Dortmund will hope to keep up with Bayern Munich at the top, whilst Bayer Leverkusen are quickly rampaging up the table after a poor start to the season for them.

Home Team: Bayer Leverkusen

Initially, the season had started poorly for Bayer Leverkusen. After losing their first three Bundesliga games, there were troubling times at the club, who were hoping to reach Champions League football again after narrowly missing out in last year’s campaign. However, a win in the Europa League against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets, followed by back to back league wins against Mainz and Fortuna will give them some belief in their abilities again.

In that win against Fortuna, they were clinical as attacking midfielder Kevin Volland managed to score two goals from two shots, and the whole side only had one other shot on target in the whole match. They’ll need to be clinical again though, as they face the real test against arguably Bayern Munich’s closest challengers, Dortmund.

Away Team: Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund are one of the remaining three teams to be undefeated so far this season, along with Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen. The club occupy 2nd place in the league table at the moment, and go into this match on the back of a fantastic 7-0 drubbing against Nurnberg on Wednesday evening.

Those 7 goals helped them become the top goal scorers in the Bundesliga so far this season, scoring 15 goals from 5 games. Marco Reus is the captain and star man for the club, but also the side have seen improved performances from US youngster Christian Pulisic, and midfield maestro Axel Witsel. Borussia Dortmund will want to win to keep their distance the same with Bayern Munich, or potentially over-take them if they don’t beat Hertha Berlin on Friday night.

Head to Head

Borussia Dortmund have had the upper hand on their recent head to head record, only losing twice out of the last nine times when they have met competitively home and away. Dortmund have been able to inflict two embarrassing defeats, 4-0 and 6-2, against Leverkusen in their last two home games, but at Bayer Leverkusen they have not won on their last two visits.

Despite this, they still have a very impressive record, losing just once at the BayArena in their last 10 visits, which was fairly recent in 2016. Bayer Leverkusen will hope that their wretched record against Borussia Dortmund will continue to improve.

Predictions and Betting Tips

This particular game is a hard one to predict, and the bookmaker’s odds back that up. Bayer Leverkusen win is at 15/8, with Borussia Dortmund at 11/8 making them slight favourites. A draw is fairly likely at 5/2. It’s easy to sit on the fence for this one and choose a draw, but I think that Dortmund will edge the game in a narrow 2-1 win, which is priced at 8/1.

The away team will be in buoyant mood having scored 7 goals in midweek, and for that reason, I expect their goal scoring form to continue. I don’t think Bayer Leverkusen, despite being at home, will have enough to defeat Dortmund, but a score draw is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility and you can get combination of 1-1, 2-2 OR 3-3 priced at 3/1.

When games are hard to predict, it’s best to try the ‘double chance’ bet, so betting on Dortmund to win or draw is at a reasonable 4/11.

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