Bayern has already won the Bundesliga title, but who’s gonna finish the season in the 2nd place? Well, there are three contenders at the moment – Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen, and Borussia Dortmund. Schalke currently have four points more than the other two teams. This means that the team that loses the Dortmund – Bayer Leverkusen game can forget about the 2nd position. So, who’s gonna lose this game? Read the Dortmund vs. Bayer Leverkusen match preview to find out!
Last weekend, Dortmund lost 2:0 to Schalke, so they’re now trailing 4 points behind them. In order to get back to the 2nd position, they would need to play very well until the end of the season. But even that won’t be enough if Schalke keep on winning.
Still, this doesn’t mean that they will give up on the race. On the contrary, Dortmund will do all in their power to win the match against Bayer Leverkusen. The reasons for that are numerous, starting with the fact that they if they lose they can get in danger of losing their place in the Champions League. It’s because RB Leipzig are trailing behind by only four points.
Another reason why Dortmund are gonna be fired up in this game is that they play in front of their crowd. Dortmund’s stadium, Signal-Iduna-Park, is the most visited stadium in Germany, with an average of nearly 80 thousand people attending each game.
Bayer Leverkusen are in an almost identical situation as Dortmund. They are dreaming of ending up as the runner-ups of Bundesliga, while at the same time, their Champions League future is still unknown. A loss on Saturday could shatter their dreams, which is why you can expect them to give all they got in that match.
And they definitely have a lot to give. Their players are extremely talented, especially those playing up front. For example, their best attacker, Kevin Volland, is currently the 2nd-most prolific scorer in Bundesliga. Furthermore, Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey are among the top 10 Bundesliga players with most assists.
What’s worrying their fans is that their morale might not be that high after the 6:2 defeat in DFB Pokal against Bayern Munich last Tuesday. Still, before that loss, they were in a fine run, beating RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt 4:1 each.
Borussia Dortmund absentees:
- Sebastian Rode (injury)
- Michy Batshuayi (injury)
- Dan-Axel Zagadou (doubtful)
- Andre Schurrle (doubtful)
- Shinji Kagawa (doubtful)
- Raphael Guerreiro (doubtful)
- Erik Durm (doubtful)
Bayer Leverkusen absentees:
- Wendell (injury)
- Joel Pohjanpalo (injury)
Burki – Sokratis, Toprak, Piszczek, Schmelzer – Dahoud, Weigl, Reus, Pulisic, Phillip – Yarmolenko
Leno – Tah, Retsos, Lars Bender, Henrichs – Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger, Havertz, Brandt, Bailey – Volland
Dortmund vs. Bayer Leverkusen Match Prediction
It’s gonna be a tough match, there’s no doubt about that. Still, I think Bayer Leverkusen have the quality on their side. This team has a bunch of super-talented players who, unlike those of Dortmund, are not struggling with injuries.
If you feel that putting money on Bayer Leverkusen is too risky, I got a couple other betting tips for you. Betting on BTS seems like a good choice, as well as Over 2.5 Goals. In fact, I believe we might see much more than three goals in this game.
Dortmund vs. Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips
- Bayer Leverkusen @3.00 (bet365)
- BTS @1.50 (bet365)
- Over 2.5 @1.60 (Unibet)
- Over 3.5 @2.40 (bwin)