Signal Iduna Park forms the backdrop for a mouth-watering opening day Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen.
Connoisseurs of action-packed football will be looking forward to this handsomely-looking Bundesliga fixture as three of the last five league meetings between Dortmund and Leverkusen have featured seven goals.
Led by new manager Edin Terzic, Die Borussen will have to cope with the loss of standout striker Erling Haaland, who left Germany to team up with Manchester City in the summer.
But Dortmund have not taken any chances as they reinvested the money for the Norwegian’s sale to land the likes of Karim Adeyemi, Sebastien Haller, Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck.
Unfortunately for the home support, Haller will be out for several months due to tumour surgery.
On the other hand, Leverkusen’s relatively uneventful recruitment programme has seen the club make a solitary purchase of Czech prodigy Adam Hlozek.
After finishing third in the Bundesliga last season, Die Werkself fans had hoped their side could strengthen the squad over the summer to try and capture their first-ever top-flight title.
Since that has not been the case, Gerardo Seoane will have to rely on Patrik Schick and Moussa Diaby to carry their predatory form from last season into the new campaign.
Dortmund eased past Munich 1860 in their opening domestic cup game last weekend, as Jude Bellingham and Adeyemi inspired them to a comprehensive 3-0 DFB-Pokal victory.
Another result either way is on the cards as Die Borussen have not drawn a home Bundesliga match since February 2021 (W19, L5), alternating between winning (3) and losing (2) across their last five such outings.
Adding to this sentiment, none of the last 13 top-flight meetings between Dortmund and Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park have ended level (W9, L4), highlighting the potential for an open-ended affair.
Action-packed football could be a common theme in the early Dortmund fixtures this season, with the matches against Freiburg, Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC coming up by the end of August.
Unlike Dortmund, Leverkusen experienced a dreadful start to the new domestic season, going down 4-3 away to third-tier opposition Elverseberg in the inaugural DFB-Pokal round.
A gut-wrenching start to the season induced by poor transfer window could hinder Die Werkself’s effort to being the fourth consecutive Bundesliga campaign without losing (W1, D2).
On the bright side, only reigning champions Bayern Munich bettered Leverkusen’s away league record last season (W9, D5, L3), which includes a sensational 5-2 win at Dortmund in February.
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen Potential Line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Gregor Kobel; Thomas Meunier, Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, Raphael Guerreiro; Jude Bellingham, Emre Can; Marco Reus, Karim Adeyemi, Thorgan Hazard; Donyell Malen.
Bayer Leverkusen (4-2-3-1): Lucas Hradecky; Jeremie Frimpong, Jonathan Tah, Piero Hincapie, Mitchel Bakker; Robert Andrich, Charles Aranguiz; Adam Hlozek, Moussa Diaby, Sardar Azmoun; Patrik Schick.
How to Watch?
Dortmund vs Leverkusen, along with all other 2022/23 Bundesliga fixtures, will be available to watch live online via Bundesliga streaming sites.
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
Despite a relatively balanced recent H2H record and Haaland’s departure, we are inclined to give Dortmund the upper hand here.
Regardless of the outcome, this should be a fun encounter to watch, as we predict both sides to find the net, perhaps even a couple of times each.
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayer Leverkusen
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