Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund 30 September 18

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Match Day 6
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund
Sunday, September 30th, 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen:   
Last five matches form: L L L W W
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.80
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (2)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match: 3.00
Average goals against per match: 0.60
Top Scorer: Marco Reus (3)

One of the biggest games on Match Day 6 in the Bundesliga comes at the BayArena with this heavyweight clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.

Having lost their opening three games of the season Leverkusen have bounced back well to win their last two against Mainz and Fortuna Düsseldorf. They face a big jump up in terms of the quality of the opposition here  though.

Dortmund have been immaculate in their three home games to date, winning all three, scoring 14 and conceding just 2. If they are to pose any threat to Bayern Munich in the title race they need to show they can also do it on the road. They haven't been bad in drawing at both Hannover and Hoffenheim but will be looking to pick up their first away victory sooner rather than later.

There's no doubt where the advantage lies when it comes to injuries and suspensions. Leverkusen will be without the injured Panagiotsis Retsos, Julian Baumgartlinger, Charles Aránguiz and Joel Pohjanpalo in addition to the suspended Karim Bellarabi. Ōmer Toprak is the only confirmed absentee for Dortmund.

This game finished in a 1-1 draw last season with Dortmund running out 4-0 winners in the reverse fixture.

Dortmund are the better side here, even if Leverkusen were at full strength. With all those injuries and suspensions the balance seems firmly in favour of the visitors who arrive at the game having routed Nürnberg 7-0 last time out.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 1 - 3 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 4
Shots:  7 - 12
Shots on target: 6 - 9
Corner Kicks: 6 - 8
Possession: 43% - 57%

One booking apiece in this one with referee Felix Brych taking the names of Thomas Delaney of Borussia Dortmund and Wendell of Bayer Leverkusen.

The ultimate game of two halves here. The home side managing to work themselves into a decent lead at the break only for Dortmund to then come roaring back in the second period. On the overall balance of play Borussia probably did just about deserve this win.

The opening goal came in the ninth minute. Lucas Alario's cross from the left-hand side eventually dropping to Mitchell Weiser racing towards the edge of the area, smart right foot volleyed effort from Weiser to find the bottom left corner.

Six minutes before the break the home team doubled their advantage. A little bit of a scramble when the ball was played into the area from the right with the ball making its way to Jonathan Tah in the left corner of the six yard box. Decent control from Tah before firing low and in. 2-0 at the interval.

Dortmund got one back in the 65th minute. A lofted ball to the back post being volleyed back across goal and palmed out by the keeper. Jacob Bruun Larsen ready and waiting to tap home from around a yard.

Just four minutes later Borussia were level. Lovely 1-2 between Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho on the edge of the area ending with Reus sweeping the ball past the keeper high and up the middle.

Five minutes from time the turnaround was complete. Achraf Hakimi's wicked low ball from the right being met by the outstretched boot of Paco Alcacer who directed the ball into the bottom left.

Still time for one more when - with Bayer keeper Lucas Hradecky having gone forward for a corner - Dortmund hit on the break with Alcacer eventually rolling the ball into an empty net. 2-4 final score.

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