Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen in the final game of the 2020/21 season and, with no great pressure on either side, we expect an entertaining clash and a display of attacking, particularly from BVB who come into the game in red hot form.
With their Champions League and Europa League places confirmed, Bundesliga: Dortmund vs Leverkusen is a game in which both teams can play with freedom, and while the visitors have a team full of class and ability, their hosts have gathered some serious momentum in recent weeks and will be in no mood to take their foot of the gas.
Dortmund is the Bundesliga’s form team
Edin Terzic’s Dortmund are the best team in Germany on current form, winning the last seven games and scoring 23 goals in the process. They needed that run desperately when you look at the situation back in April when it appeared like die Schwarzgelben’s Champions League hopes were fading fast, but they have secured a top-four finish in style, and with a game to play.
BVB had a real test of their top-four credentials recently when they met Red Bull Leipzig, and they passed with flying colours, in terms of resilience as well as ambition. Having watched a two-goal lead disappear and with time running out, Jadon Sancho popped up with his second goal of the game to win the match in the 87th minute. Then, just five days later, Dortmund beat the same opponents 4-1 to win the DFB Pokal Cup. Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland both bagged a brace as BVB swept die Roten Bullen aside.
Haaland has scored 25 goals in the league this season, but it is the form of Sancho that has really re-ignited Dortmund’s campaign, as he scored eight goals and 13 assists and has played his way into contention for a place in England’s Euro 2021 starting 11.
No Alario for Leverkusen
Leverkusen head coach Hannes Wolf can be pleased with his work this season, keeping his side among the elite after the departure of captain Kai Havertz to Chelsea. His team has found a way of filling the gap left by Havertz, but die Werkself will be without one of their best strikers for the visit to the Signal Iduna Stadium. Lucas Alario is Leverkusen top scorer with 11 goals but is injured and will be missing from Argentina’s Copa America squad too, while influential midfielder Lars Bender is also sidelined.
Bayer have been consistent this term and will finish in sixth place but, while Dortmund have gathered pace, they have rather slowed down in recent weeks and with little to play for they might struggle to live with BVB on Saturday. In the absence of Alario they will look to striker Patrick Schick for inspiration. He has nine goals to his name, while Leon Bailey, with nine goals and seven assists, has had another good season, as has exciting French midfielder Moussa Diaby, who has contributed ten assists.
They have plenty of talent but Leverkusen’s season has been a case of ‘close but not close enough’, though they did BVB a real favour recently, beating top-four rivals Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 as Bailey opened the scoring in a frantic final 20 minutes.
The head to head Dortmund vs Leverkusen results couldn’t be closer, with both teams winning 21 of the last 57 meetings.
Die Werkself have won the last two meetings by the odd goal, both in Leverkusen, 4-3 last season and 2-1 in January when Diaby was on target.
While die Schwarzgelben are in a rich vein of form, Bayer have stuttered recently, winning just two of the last six, drawing three and losing one.
Dortmund are a formidable opponent at home, unbeaten in the last five encounters with Bayer at the Signal Iduna Stadium, and they have only lost twice at home in the last six months, and one of those came against Premier League champions Manchester City in the Champions League.
It looks like we’re heading for a home win; so let’s take a look at the very latest Dortmund vs Leverkusen betting odds to find the best value.
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