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Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Preview – Prediction, how to watch & potential line-ups

Bayer Leverkusen’s valiant attempt to join the Champions League race faces another daunting task as Borussia Dortmund arrive at the BayArena on Sunday.

Following a woeful eight-game Bundesliga start (W1, D2, L5), Leverkusen sacked Gerardo Seoane in October, appointing Xabi Alonso as his successor, which has proved a resounding success thus far.

Only three teams in Germany’s top flight can better Die Werkself’s tally of 19 points since Alonso’s arrival, with the Spaniard turning his side from relegation strugglers into viable European candidates. 

Not even the extended mid-season halt tempered the hosts’ momentum, as they’ve opened the new calendar year with back-to-back league wins after entering the World Cup break on a three-game winning run. 

Leverkusen comfortably dispatched bottom-half Bochum 2-0 in midweek Bundesliga action on home turf to set themselves up nicely for a mouth-watering contest against perennial top-four tenants Dortmund.

Edin Terzic’s men have turned their fortunes around upon the Bundesliga resumption in 2023, going from consecutive league defeats to two victories in a row, including a last-gasp 2-1 win at Mainz on Wednesday.

However, there’s no time for celebration, with Die Borussen commencing this round in fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt and only two clear of sixth-placed Wolfsburg

Leverkusen lag seven points behind their visitors at the start of this matchday, so the continuation of their eye-catching five-game winning streak in the Bundesliga could be paramount to their top-four ambitions. 

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After last season’s third-place finish, Leverkusen are seeking consecutive Champions League qualifications for the first time in seven years, with Alonso proving more than capable of leading them to that goal.

Since he replaced Seoane at the helm, Die Werkself have kept four clean sheets in their five home outings in the Bundesliga, including three on the spin in the lead-up to this clash.

But Leverkusen found themselves on the receiving end of a 1-0 scoreline in the reverse fixture and now face the prospect of losing both seasonal Bundesliga showdowns against Dortmund for the first time since 2018/19.

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Dortmund pulled off an enthralling 4-3 win in this corresponding fixture in 2021/22 and are now looking to win back-to-back Bundesliga visits to the BayArena for the first time since 1991.

Having won their opening two league games in 2023, Die Borussen can start a new calendar year with three Bundesliga triumphs on the trot for only the fourth time in their top-flight history.

Unfortunately for Terzic, his lads have been the epitome of inconsistency on the road this season, registering four wins and five losses across their nine Bundesliga travels to date.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Potential Line-ups

Bayer Leverkusen (3-4-2-1): Lucas Hradecky; Edmond Tapsoba, Jonathan Tah, Piero Hincapie; Jeremie Frimpong, Exequiel Palacios, Robert Andrich, Mitchell Bakker; Florian Wirtz, Moussa Diaby; Adam Hlozek. 

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Gregor Kobel; Julian Ryerson, Mats Hummels, Nico Schlotterbeck, Raphael Guerreiro; Jude Bellingham, Salih Ozcan; Donyell Malen, Julian Brandt, Giovanni Reyna; Youssoufa Moukoko. 

How to Watch?

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund, along with all other 2022/23 Bundesliga fixtures, is available to watch live online via live Bundesliga streaming.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction

As the headline Bundesliga fixture of the weekend, Sunday’s meeting at the BayArena should be a treat for neutrals. 

Both sides are known for a free-flowing attacking football style, but given the stakes, it won’t be a big surprise to see both managers take a more conservative approach.

We expect each team to get on the scoresheet in what could be an evenly-contested draw.

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