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The pick of the weekend’s European schedule comes from Germany’s top flight as two Champions League clubs come head-to-head in what should be a thrilling encounter at the BayArena.
Saturday’s action gets underway at 5:30PM UK time, and both Leverkusen and Dortmund will be determined to seal a crucial three points to start an extremely important October in fitting style. You can watch the action unfold live with Bet365. Prepare yourselves for a classic.
Can Bayer Kick On?
The Bundesliga season may only be five games in, but Roger Schmidt’s men are already falling away from the Champions League places and cannot afford to keep dropping points. In truth, Dortmund are probably the last team they want to see right now. However, a win on Saturday evening could be the catalyst for getting their campaign up and running.
Bayer do have a few reasons to be optimistic. The duo of Javier Hernandez and Joel Pohjanpalo each have four league goals while the hosts are additionally unbeaten at home this term. If they can get Hakan Calhanoglu and Admir Mehmedi firing on all cylinders too, they have every chance of causing a shock.
It certainly won’t be an easy game for Leverkusen, who haven’t beaten Dortmund at home since 2007. However, this is a side that’s capable of performing to the very highest standard. If they put in a solid display here, the visitors will be in for one hell of a battle.
Dortmund Aiming To Keep Pressure On Bayern
Thomas Tuchel’s men will be making the trip to Leverkusen with huge confidence, however, after winning their last three league games in emphatic style. Dortmund have hit 14 goals in that period, and will be looking to star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for further inspiration here.
The visitors will also boast the momentum gained from Tuesday’s late equaliser against Real Madrid. With Gonzalo Castro, Ousmane Dembele, and co. all performing particularly well, Dortmund will expect to grab a point at the very least.
However, they know that a win is the only way to keep the pressure up on table-topping Bayern, and that will be their aim against a team that drew with Monaco on Tuesday night. Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling spectacle.
Let’s just hope we can win some money too.
Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund Betting
Even with home advantage on their side, Bayer Leverkusen are considered firm underdogs for Saturday’s showdown and are available at 12/5 with Bet365. Dortmund, meanwhile, can be backed at 23/20. Alternatively, the draw is priced 23/10.
The recent head-to-head meetings tend to go one way or the other. They’re either a little tentative, or packed with drama. We’re hoping that Saturday’s encounter will fall into the latter, and think Dortmund hold the key to making that happen.
Both teams are blessed with incredible attacking options, but Dortmund are looking extremely dangerous during every attack right now. Given their recent results, a goal in either half from the visitors looks particularly pleasing at odds of 7/4.
While we do think Dortmund will edge it, Bayer won’t make things easy for Tuchel’s men. Chicharito and co. are more than capable of finding the target. However, given that we’re backing the visitors to score both halves, conceding once shouldn’t stop them from claiming the vital points.
Borussia Dortmund to score in both halves @ 7/4 with Bet365
BTTS & Dortmund win @ 11/4 with Bet365