Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen 25 February 19

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Match Day 23
Borussia Dortmund  vs. Bayer Leverkusen
Monday, February 25th 2019
01:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W W D D D
Average goals per match: 2.45
Average goals against per match: 1.05
Top Scorer: Marco Reus (13)

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.77
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Kai Havertz (9)

Having threatened to pull away from the pack on a number of occasions this season, the pressure is now beginning to mount on Borussia Dortmund as Bayern Munich are now closing in alarmingly. A win is what is required this weekend as they take on fifth placed Bayer Leverkusen at the Westfalenstadion.

Dortmund have scored four in each of their two most recent games against Leverkusen. Winning 4-0 in this game last season, and 4-2 in Leverkusen earlier in the current campaign.

Top scorer and most influential player Marco Reus misses out for the home side, as does Lukasz Piszczek. Leverkusen will be without Joel Pohjanpalo, Karim Bellarabi and Panagiotis Retsos.

Dortmund have undoubtedly suffered a dip of late, drawing their last three in the league, being dumped out of the cup and stuffed by Spurs in the Champions League. When the dust settles though they are still three points clear and have their destiny in their own hands.

Dortmund have won nine of eleven at home this season, with draws against Hertha BSC and Hoffenheim being the only blemishes on their record. They have scored two or more goals in every home game.

A run of four successive wins has taken Leverkusen up into the Europa League positions. They will be looking to keep that run going and threaten the top four now.

The visitors have won five of eleven away from home, but three of those wins have come in there three most recent road games, at Schalke, Wolfsburg and Mainz.

That absence of Reus is a big blow, but we fancy Dortmund will still have enough goals in the side to just about edge this one.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3 - 2 Bayer Leverkusen


Half time:  2 - 1
Full time: 3 - 2
Shots:  9 - 13
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 3 - 8
Possession: 34% - 66%

Just the one booking for the home side with Raphael Guerreiro the man to have his name taken. Referee Christian Dingert also issued the yellow card to Tin Jedvaj and Jonathan Tah of Bayer Leverkusen.

Other than perhaps defend a little better at times, the away side couldn't have done much more to give them a chance to get something from this game. Bossing possession and outshooting their hosts, they can count themselves a little unfortunate to have come away with nothing at all.

The home side took the lead on the half hour mark. A corner from the left-hand side making its way all the way through for Dan Axel Zagadou to finish on the half volley from five yards.

Seven minutes later Leverkusen were back on level terms. Kevin Volland's effort from 20-yards out on the right going through Axel Witsel's legs and beating Roman Burki down at his near post.

Dortmund hit back one minute later. Abdou Diallo's cross from the left dropping to Jadon Sancho around twelve yards out and to the right-hand side. Excellent finish first time on the volley into the bottom left from the England man. 2-1 at the break.

Th next goal looked like being crucial here and it was Dortmund who grabbed it on the hour mark. Patient build up down the right ending with a cross into the area which was deflected back to Mario Götze lurking on the edge of the area. Nice finish from Götze into the bottom left.

Leverkusen then set up a nervy finale when pulling one back in the 75th minute. Julian Brandt's free kick from the right finding Jonathan Tah to bullet a header home from the left corner of the six-yard box.

No way back for the visitors though. 3-2 final score.

Borussia maintain their place at the top of the standings and remain three points clear of defending champions Bayern Munich. Leverkusen slip don t seventh with the other results not going their way.

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