Preview - Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund 11 September 21

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Match Day 4
Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, September 11th, 2021
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: BayArena

Bayer Leverkusen:   
Last five matches form: D L D W W
Average goals per match (20/21): 1.56
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.15
Top Scorer (20/21): Lucas Alario (11)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
Average goals per match (20/21): 2.21
Average goals against per match (20/21): 1.35
Top Scorer (20/21): Erling Braut-Haaland (27)

One of the standout fixtures on Match Day 4 in the Bundesliga comes  at the BayArena as least seasons sixth placed finishers Bayer Leverkusen play host to a Borussia Dortmund outfit who ended the campaign in third spot.

Leverkusen have started the season well and are unbeaten headed into this - drawing on the road at Union Berlin and beating both Gladbach and Augsburg.

Dortmund have been their typical gung-ho selves, beating Eintracht 5-2 and Hoffenheim 3-2, but losing 2-1 away at Freiburg.

It was honours even in the meetings between the sides last season - Leverkusen winning 2-1 in this one and Dortmund coming out on top 3-1 in the reverse fixture.

Edmond Tapsoba, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Julian Baumgartlinger, Charles Aránguiz and Piero Hancsapié are all expected to miss out for the home side. Dortmund look set to be without Emre Can, Nico Schulz, Mateu Morey and Dan-Axel Zagadou.

Leverkusen won eight of 17 at home last season, scoring two or more in eight of those games and conceding two or more on six occasions.

Dortmund won eight of 17 away, scoring two or more on an impressive 11 occasions, but conceding two or more nine times.

Goals would look to be on the menu at the BayArena as two sides who like to attack lock horns. In such a scenario we always lean towards favouring the Haaland factor, and will do so again here in what could be a thriller.

Prediction: Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 3 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 3 - 4
Shots: 11 - 14
Shots on target: 5 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 42% - 58%
Referee: Daniel Siebert

Bayer Leverkusen: Florian Wirtz (Yellow), Jeremie Frimpong (Yellow), Odilon Kossounou (Yellow), Moussa Diaby (Yellow)
Borussia Dortmund: Thomas Meunier (Yellow), Erling Braut Haaland (Yellow), Marius Wolf (Yellow),

9 minutes 1-0 (Florian Wirtz): Play breaking down in midfield and Paulinho slipping the ball to Wirtz around 25 yards out and central. Direct play from Wirtz, bursting into the centre of the box and with defenders closing in from both sides managing to stab an effort into the bottom right from 14 yards out to the right of centre.

37 minutes 1-1 (Erling Braut Haaland): Thomas Meunier in possession around 30 yards out to the right and sending in an accurate cross. Haaland getting up around seven yards out to the right of centre to direct an excellent header across goal and in to the bottom left.

45+1 minutes 2-1 (Patrik Schick): Lightning counter from the hosts. Wirtz found over halfway and again piling forward, this time slipping in Schick to his left. Excellent first-time placed finish from Schick into the bottom right from just inside the area to the left of centre.

49 minutes 2-2 (Julian Brandt): A ball fizzed in to Haaland on the edge of the area and central. Haaland into the path of the steaming forward Brandt to the right. Brandt's control looked heavy, but his finish was excellent smashing home high into the right hand side from close to the right corner of the six yard box.

55 minutes 3-2 (Moussa Diaby): A corner in from the left cleared to the edge of the area and central. Diaby initially completely missing his kick but the ball running kindly for him to the right from where he fired an 18-yard effort into the bottom right.

71 minutes 3-3 (Raphael Guerreiro): Dortmund awarded a free kick around 25-yards out to the right of centre. Fine left footed effort from Guerreiro, up and over the wall and into the top right corner.

77 minutes 3-4 (Erling Braut Haaland (pen)): This possibly looked a little harsh, but Odion Kossounou adjudged to have raised an arm and pushed Marco Reus when trying to usher the ball out for a goal kick in the area. Penalty Kick. Haaland stepping up and firing home powerfully to the left hand side.

Analysis: This looked to have the potential to be a thriller and certainly didn't disappoint. Leverkusen having the lead three times but unable to withstand the Dortmund goal machine, for all that the visitors did need the assistance of a slightly soft penalty to win it.

League Standings: Dortmund up to third. Leverkusen sit sixth after this.

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