For a long time it was questionable whether the Dutch coach Peter Bosz after his short interlude at Borussia Dortmund ever again in the Bundesliga will be able to gain a foothold. The former master coach of Ajax Amsterdam, who unlike almost any of his colleagues put the early start in connection with an upstanding defensive at the center of his philosophy, once failed miserable at the Black and Yellow and had his hat after eight winless games under great media riots to take. Since the winter break Bosz is now in the service of Bayer Leverkusen and has breathed new life into the Werkself. On Sunday evening from 18:00 clock now it comes to a direct duel between Dortmund and Leverkusen, according to the odds, the Borussia is favored, although the current shape curve rather turns towards the Rhinelander.
Today’s Betting Tips Dortmund vs. Leverkusen
While Lucien Favre’s protected did not win any of the last five competitive games and had to settle for a goalless draw at the rear in Nuremberg on Monday, Bayer 04 are doing extremely well in the Bundesliga. No other team currently has a longer winning streak than the Leverkusen, who impressed in the recent past, especially offensively and among other things, the Bayern defeated. As fifth in the table, the Bosz-Elf still dreams of returning to the Champions League. In addition, the Werkself, who retired from the Europa League on Thursday, would certainly not mind playing the scales a second time in the championship race. In the duel Dortmund vs Leverkusen is a difficult prediction on the outcome. Therefore, do bets offer on the number of goals?
Dortmund – Statistics & Current Form
(Update: According to media reports, Marco Reus will not be available on Sunday night, but the national team player had to pass the team training on Friday.
The 0: 0 last Monday in the bottom of the table in Nuremberg was for Borussia Dortmund a bit of emblematic of the disappointing phase that is currently going through the team of Lucien Favre. The lightness has been lost, the self-confidence is no longer there and even the goddess Fortuna does not necessarily wear a black and yellow pajamas for bedtime at the moment. As a result, Westphalia have frivolously spent two-thirds of their actually comfortable nine-point advantage within a short space of time and now have more than ever to worry about the championship. If you believe the betting odds of the bookmakers, then the leader is not even more top favorite on the title in the Bundesliga …
In fact, the Favre protected should as soon as possible leave the sporting valley behind with five winless competitive games in a row and return to the road to success. But above all, it takes more courage in the game forward. Both at the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (0: 3), as well as on Monday in Nuremberg (0: 0) were the Dortmund missed the necessary consequence in the other penalty area.
“We give the team great confidence and work together with the coaching team to return to the road to success. And of course we are not that far away. ” – Sebastian Kehl
There was a lack of pace in their own ball actions and finally of conviction to leave the first crisis of the current season behind. After the recent appearances, it would certainly be very daring to give a tip to the hosts between Dortmund and Leverkusen, especially since the guests are in much better shape.
If we look at the pure numbers, it still seems unlikely that in the direct duel of two – usually very playful teams some goals will be seen. In at least eight of the eleven home matches of BVB fell at least four hits. Less than two goals in a single game have never come to Westphalia this year at Signal Iduna Park. That after two zero numbers in the foreign offensive knot finally burst again, we also think so likely, as with captain Marco Reus, the main player on the side of Borussia will return to the squad. The national team immediately gives the attack more creativity, more speed and more finishing strength, which is why at the match Dortmund vs. Leverkusen a forecast on again over 3.5 goals is quite obvious. After his hamstring, Christian Pulisic is the only professional Lucien Favre has to do without on Sunday evening.
Expected formation of Dortmund:
Bürki – Piszczek, Akanji, Zagadou, Hakimi – Witsel, Delaney – Sancho, Reus, Guerreiro – M. Gotze
Last matches from Dortmund:
- 18.02.2019 – Nuremberg vs. Dortmund 0: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 13.02.2019 – Tottenham Vs. Dortmund 3: 0 (Champions League)
- 09.02.2019 – Dortmund vs. TSG Hoffenheim 3: 3 (Bundesliga)
- 05.02.2019 – Dortmund vs. Werder Bremen 3: 3 (DFB Cup)
- 02.02.2019 – Frankfurt vs. Dortmund 1: 1 (Bundesliga)
Leverkusen – Statistics & Current Form
In the cup flop, in the Bundesliga top. Thus, the current course of the term of office of Peter Bosz optimally get to the point. While the Werkself in the league last four times in succession left the field as the winner (including 3: 1 against Bayern) and in the table a huge step up to fifth place makes it both in the DFB Pokal, as also in the UEFA Europa League not according to plan. Despite the respective role of favorites, the Rhinelander had to cancel out in both competitions and can now focus exclusively on the national life in the highest German league. It remains to be seen whether the painful knock-out on Thursday on European stage against Krasnodar could not have any after-effects. 85 minutes, everything pointed to a second goalless draw, which would have resulted in an extension. Then the Russians went through a direct free-kick with a 1-0 lead and the Werkself succeeded in person of Charles Aranguiz only the equalizer to 1: 1, but not enough to make it into the round of 16. The question of whether the Bundesliga club has processed the bitter departure physically and mentally until Sunday must therefore be permitted.
Despite the perceived defeat against the playful strong Russians, who found ways again and again to dub the first, high pressing line of the Bosz-Elf, the offensive of the Rhinelander at the weekend again a lot daring. The “space game” of the Dutch coach is in our eyes extremely risky and therefore predestined as an argument to in the encounter Dortmund vs Leverkusen to keep the odds at least four goals in view.
“Peter is a fine guy – and a great coach.” Aki Watzke on Peter Bosz
In the last four games Kevin Volland, Julian Brandt and Co. were able to achieve a whopping 13 goals, but remained in just six matches in the current Bundesliga season without conceding. The fact that the defensive is far from being as firm as one would expect after the 2-0 win from last week against Dusseldorf was already evident several times. It would therefore not be surprising if high-speed players like Sancho or Reus were to uncover the weaknesses mercilessly over the weekend. Retsos, Bellarabi and Pohjanpalo will not be available. In addition, further changes in the starting eleven are conceivable, after the majority of professionals had to complete three games in the past ten days.
Expected formation of Leverkusen:
Hradecky – L. Bender, Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – Baumgartlinger – Havertz, Aranguiz – Brandt, Volland, Bailey
Last matches from Leverkusen:
- 21.02.2019 – Leverkusen Vs. FC Krasnodar 1: 1 (Europa League)
- 17.02.2019 – Leverkusen Vs. Dusseldorf 2: 0 (Bundesliga)
- 14.02.2019 – FC Krasnodar vs. FC Krasnodar. Leverkusen 0: 0 (Europa League)
- 08.02.2019 – Mainz vs. Leverkusen 1: 5 (Bundesliga)
- 05.02.2019 – 1. FC Heidenheim vs. Leverkusen 2: 1 (DFB Cup)
Dortmund vs. Leverkusen Direct Comparison
95 competitive matches: 40 wins Dortmund / 25 draws / 30 wins Leverkusen
The BVB leads not only the direct comparison on the whole quite clearly, but also celebrated in recent years against Leverkusen mostly victories. In the Bundesliga, for example, the Black and Yellow won five of their most recent seven clashes with the Werkself. The last home defeat was on the first matchday of the season 2014/2015. This was followed by three home victories in a row, in which the Borussia usually offered offensive spectacle. In the mentioned three encounters in front of home crowd, Marco Reus and Co. achieved 13 goals. The first leg in the current season was characterized by unconditional attack on both sides. After a 0-2 deficit at halftime, the front-runner turned on and finally won 4-2.
Dortmund vs Leverkusen Our Betting Tip
The top match of the 23rd matchday in the Bundesliga will take place on Sunday evening at 18:00 at Signal Iduna Park. A clear favorite before the match Dortmund against Leverkusen is difficult for us. A prediction that in the direct clash two of the best offensives in Germany instead of some goals will be seen, in our opinion makes more sense. In particular, the Leverkusen convinced last on the offensive, but sometimes had great problems on the defensive. This could now be uncovered mercilessly against BVB, who is likely to fall back on Marco Reus.
Key Facts – Dortmund vs Leverkusen tips
In eight of eleven Bundesliga home games of BVB fell at least four goals
Leverkusen last with 13 goals in four Bundesliga games
The first leg ended 4: 2 for the black and yellow (after 0: 2-residue to the break)
In eight of eleven home games Borussia the ball fidgeted in the current season at least four times on the net. Most recently, six (!) Hits were scored twice in a row in front of a home crowd. Although the team’s respect for each other seems pretty big, some hits are very likely due to the very risky style of both teams. In sum, we would therefore between Dortmund and Leverkusen give a tip on the high odds for the Over 3.5. We keep a 2-2 draw just as realistic as a close success for the home team, but also for the guests. In order to cover all options, we keep our hands off three-way bets and instead predict an exciting and open exchange.
Betting Tips: Over 3.5 goals