Preview - Bayer Levrkusen vs Borussia Dortmund 09 February 20

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Match Day 21
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund
Sunday, February 9th 2020
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen:
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.55
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Kevin Volland (7)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: D L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.80
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Jadon Sancho (12)

There a couple of real firecrackers on the Match Day 21 slate of fixtures in the Bundesliga. One of which comes here at the BayArena, as fifth placed Bayer Leverkusen play host to third placed Borussia Dortmund.

Only three points off the top, Dortmund will be looking for three points in order to keep their title bid on track. Leverkusen are only five points further back though, and a win here may well bring them firmly into the mix.

Dortmund picked up the points courtesy of a comfortable 4-0 success in the reverse fixture. Things also went Dortmund's way in the game here last season - 4-2 the score-line on that occasion.

Leverkusen will be without the injured Charles Aránguiz and suspended Kerem Demirbay, whilst Paulinho is away on international duty. Marco Reus looks like being the lonely absentee for Dortmund.

Its been a little mixed for Leverkusen at home so far, with four wins, four draws and two defeats from their ten fixtures to date. Only conceding more than once on three occasions here, they have been defensively solid, but will need to be against a Dortmund outfit who have been rampant of late.

Dortmund head into this seeking a fourth league win on the spin, having scored five times in all three of those recent wins. New boy Erling Håland has been nothing short of sensational in scoring seven times in his opening three appearances, averaging a goal every twenty minutes so far. They have won only four of ten on the road, but three of those victories have come in their last four fixtures.

This looks set to be a cracker. Dortmund have been irresistible going forward of late though and - even in the absence of Reus - are still taken to edge it.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 3 Borussia Dortmund

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 2
Full time: 4 - 3
Shots: 8 - 12
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 3 - 7
Possession: 52% - 48%

 
Lars Bender and Kevin Volland were both booked for the home side in this one, with Raphael Guerreiro of Dortmund also having his name taken by referee Markus Schmidt.


This looked like having a few goals around, and in the end so it proved as two of the more attack minded sides in the division served up a real cracker.


Plenty of attacking intent from both sides from the off, but it was the hosts who struck first in the 20th minute. Nadiem Amiri playing in Kevin Volland down the middle and the frontman rifling into the bottom right corner from just inside the area and to the left of centre.


The lead lasted for two minutes. Mats Hummels getting on the end of a corner from the right to send an emphatic header into the top left from around seven yards out to the right.


The visitors then took the lead in the 33rd minute. A wonder goal from Emre Can. Picking up possession around 30-yards out and to the left, Can curled an absolute beauty into the top right corner.


Leverkusen were back on level terms two minutes before the break. A ball beyond the far post from the left being clipped back inside by Jonathan Tah and Volland firing in via the keeper from around ten yards out to the right of centre. 2-2 at the interval.


It was Dortmund who were next on the scoresheet when regaining the lead in the 65th minute. Achraf Hakimi playing in the overlapping Raphael Guerreiro in the left of the area, and Guerreiro finishing nicely into the bottom right from eight yards out and towards the left corner of the six-yard box.


The lead lasted until nine minutes from time. Volland being tackled when advancing down the centre, but the ball breaking nicely for Leon Bailey around 14-yards out in the left of the area. Bailey finishing with aplomb into the bottom right.


And just one minute later, the hosts won it. Daley Sinkgraven swinging in a cross from the left and Lars Bendner getting across his marker to glance a header into the right-hand side from around seven yards out and to the left of centre. 4-3 final score.


Disappointing for Dormund. They would have moved level on points at the top with a win in this one, but instead remain in third spot. Big win for Leverkusen who climb to fifth.

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