Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen 22 April 2018

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Match Day 31
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
01:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: D W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 1.37
Top Scorer: Michy Batshuayi and Maximilian Philipp (7)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: L D W W L
Average goals per match: 1.83
Average goals against per match: 1.23
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (14)

A big one in the Bundesliga on Match Day 31 as fourth placed Borussia Dortmund play host to third placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Both sides have designs on Champions League qualification this season, and whilst both would qualify as things stand, they can't afford too many slip ups with Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt all within striking distance.

Both arrive on the back of such a slip up, with Dortmund losing away to Schalke last week, and Leverkusen suffering a 2-6 humbling in front of their own fans at the hands of Bayern Munich. Both will be looking to bounce back here.

The injuries are beginning to mount up for Borussia at this late stage of the season. There are now seven seats occupied in the treatment room, with bang in form striker Michy Batshuayi the latest to take up residence.

Leverkusen have problems in both full back positions with Wendell injured and Lars Bender suspended for this game.

Only Bayern Munich have a better away record than Leverkusen this term, and Heiko Herrlich's men are likely to provide a stern test for the home side. The absence of both Wendell and Bender is a significant blow though, weakening their back line and slightly decreasing their threat down the flanks. Without Batshuayi though, Dortmund don't appear to be particularly well placed to take advantage and we see this one ending in a draw.


Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

Harry85

Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots: 17 - 10
Shots on target: 9 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 6
Possession: 43% - 57%


Only goals to count here as both sides kept on the right side of referee Markus Schmidt throughout.


This perhaps wasn't quite so one sided as the final score-line would suggest. There's no doubt that Dortmund were deserving winners though - despite the visitors enjoying the lions share of possession - as they made light of the loss of Batshuayi to brush Leverkusen aside.


The opener came in the 17th minute. Christian Pulisic playing in Jadon Sancho on the left-hand side of the box and the youngster providing an ice cool finish into the far bottom corner.


Things would have been worse for Leverkusen headed into the break but for Marco Reus missing his penalty in the 38th minute.


In the 55th minute Dortmund grabbed their second. Mario Goetze splitting the Leverkusen defence to play in Marco Reus. Reus taking one touch to round the keeper and another to finish into the empty net from the left-hand corner of the six-yard box.


Dortmund were rolling now and this one was all over following a counter attack in the 63rd minute. The impressive Sancho racing down the left flank before playing the ball inside to marksman Maximilian Philipp who finished expertly into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.


The rout was complete in the 79th minute and it was that man Sancho who was at the heart of it again. This timing swinging in a lovely cross to the far post for Reus to head back across the keeper and in.

 
A big win for Borussia Dortmund here, turning what looked to be a difficult match on paper into a rout. They move up into third and just a point adrift of Schalke ahead of their clash with Cologne. Most importantly though they are now five points clear of fifth placed Hoffenheim in the race for the Champions League. With just three games to play, it would be a surprise were they not to make it now.


Things look like being a bit tighter for Leverkusen who now sit in fourth position and just two points clear of Hoffenheim.

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