Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 21st April 2018

Dortmund, who are in fourth spot in the Bundesliga, host third placed Leverkusen as the pair look to go one step close to securing their spot in next season’s Champions League. A top four finish in Germany is rewarded with a place in Europe’s elite competition but there is a danger either one of these sides could miss out.

They sit just four points clear of RB Leipzig and five clear of Hoffenheim. This gap is guaranteed to close to as the two play each other before this game kicks-off.

Top Tips

Draw @ 5/2

Under 2.5 goals @ 27/20

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Borussia Dortmund Form

Dortmund had the Ruhr derby to look forward to last weekend but for the first time since 2014, it was Schalke who ended up on top. It was a derby the Royal Blues deserved to win too, they looked far more up for the contest from the off against a somewhat uninterested Dortmund side. Peter Stoeger may be able to guide the Black and Yellows to a top four finish but performances like these make it seem unlikely that his short-term contract will be extended.

Two weeks earlier Dortmund faced another one of their rivals, this time in the form of Bayern Munich. It was never going to be an easy game against such a formidable foe but to lose 6-0 really highlighted how far the sides have grown apart. It was an embarrassing defeat for Dortmund but they did at least respond well to it by beating Stuttgart in their next game. A mishit Pulisic cross put them ahead and things were straightforward from that point onwards. The win was no more than you’d expect however against a side who has struggled away from home this season.

FC Schalke 04 v Borussia Dortmund 15th April 2018 2-0 Loss
Borussia Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart 8th April 2018 3-0 Win
Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund 31st March 2018 6-0 Loss

Bayer Leverkusen Form

Leverkusen’s clash with Leipzig earlier in the month was a huge one with both teams sitting just outside the top four and separated by a solitary point. It was Leverkusen who rose to the occasion at the Red Bull Arena to secure an emphatic 4-1 win. Outplayed in the first half, they reappeared after the break a dominant force, netting three times to put the result to bed. It was the perfect response from an attacking point of view having failed to find a single goal past at home to Augsburg a week earlier.

Five days after beating Leipzig, the Werkself hosted another top four contender, Eintracht Frankfurt and once again they won 4-1. Julian Brandt opened the scoring before Kevin Volland netted a hat-trick in the final twenty minutes. The German striker had his teammates to thank for his scoring spree as their slick passing tore through the Frankfurt defence to provide him with three golden chances. Despite these two morale boosting wins, Leverkusen stood absolutely no chance against Bayern Munich in Tuesdays DFP Pokal bout. The Bavarians demonstrated their superiority, ruthlessly firing six past Bernd Leno in the Leverkusen goal.

Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich 17th April 2018 2-6 Loss
Bayer Leverkusen v Eintracht Frankfurt 14th April 2018 4-1 Win
RB Leipzig v Bayer Leverkusen 9th April 2018 1-4 Win

Head to Head Stats

Leverkusen were reduced to 10 men in the first half when last taking on Dortmund but were able to dig deep to claim a point.

The Werkself have come out on top during two of their last four visits to the Westfalenstadion but were humbled 6-2 during last season’s outing there.

2nd Dec 2017 Leverkusen 1 - 1 Dortmund Draw Bundesliga
4th Mar 2017 Dortmund 6 - 2 Leverkusen Dortmund Bundesliga
1st Oct 2016 Leverkusen 2 - 0 Dortmund Leverkusen Bundesliga

Injuries & Suspensions

Michy Batshuayi was stretched off with a nasty injury in last weekend’s Ruhr derby, yet another name to be added to Dortmund’s long injury list.

Borussia Dortmund

  • Sebastian Rode - Out for the season.
  • Michy Batshuayi - World Cup involvement in doubt due to injury.
  • Erik Durm - Continues lengthy spell on the sidelines.
  • Shinji Kagawa - Slight chance of making a return.
  • Raphael Guerreiro - No return date for the fullback.
  • Dan-Axel Zagadou - Unlikely to be declared fit.
  • Andre Schurrle - A doubt with a foot injury sustained last weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen

  • Wendell - Due back next month.
  • Sven Bender - Misses out through suspension.
  • Joel Pohjanpalo - Suffering from an ankle problem.

Betting Tips

Neither side can drop out of the top four this weekend but failure to win means that it will become a possibility next week.


Dortmund have put in two poor showings in big matches recently and they have several key players out injured. Even with the home crowd behind them it’s hard to see them winning but they are not a side that loses very often. Under Peter Stoeger the Black and Yellows have lost just two Bundesliga matches and none at the Westfalenstadion. This record might well just help them stave off defeat here.

Under 2.5 goals

Without Michy Batshuayi out injured, Dortmund are set to have a goal shy ending to the season. Since joining on loan, the Chelsea man has been the main source of goals for his temporary club who will struggle without him. Their only real hope of getting anything from this match is by keeping things solid at the back and Peter Stoeger is capable of organising his side in this way.

Bayer Leverkusen to win/draw

A draw looks likely in this match but if one side can edge things then it looks set to be the visiting side. They’ve put in two top performances against fellow top four chasing sides and are facing Dortmund at a rather opportune moment. At odds of 7/10, it looks like a safe bet but one that offers decent enough returns.

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