At the Bundesliga level, two sides on points in third and fourth places, respectively, lock horns this week. Bayer Leverkusen welcome home Borussia Dortmund at the BayArena this Tuesday with kickoff at 10:30 pm.
Bayern Munich extended their clutch on the Bundesliga to seven points ahead of these two teams, neither can afford to lose this upcoming clash if they are to maintain their slim hopes for the title.
It is without a doubt that Leverkusen’s form has hit rock bottom after an impressive start of the season. Having remained unbeaten in their first 12 league games, they have lost three games and drawn once. Their chances of a title race continue to evaporate.
Peter Bosz knew that the title race for the Bundesliga was going to be a huge ask. The side remained top of the table before injury-time defeat to Bayern Munich before the winter break. However, it remains a major question for Bosz to deliver Champions League football this season.
On the other hand, Dortmund showed that they are far from a finished article under Edin Terzicw with a 1-1 draw to Mainz 05. BVB are building up a theme for dropping points to lesser oppositions. A win this Tuesday will definitely light up the mood at the camp. A two-goal victory will raise the side over their forthcoming opponents.
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund Head to Head
Both sides have 27 games against each other with Bayer Leverkusen taking home six wins while Borussia Dortmund with 14 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Union Berlin 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 Frankfurt
Leverkusen 1-1 Werder Bremen
Frankfurt 2-1 Leverkusen
Leverkusen 1-2 Bayern Munich
Dortmund 1-1 Mainz 05
RB Leipzig 1-3 Dortmund
Dortmund 2-0 Wolfsburg
Union Berlin 2-1 Dortmund
Werder Bremen 1-2 Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen Team News
Bosz continues with the awful injury upfront with Karim Bellarabi, Sven Bender, Mitchell Weiser, Santiago Arias, Paulinho and Palacios ruled out of their visit of Dortmund. Florian Wirtz is an injury doubt with Fonsu Mensah not available for selection due to personal reasons.
Borussia Dortmund Team News
Dortmund are set to be without Witsel until late March after the Belgian underwent an Achilles tendon surgery. Marcel Schmelzer and Thorgan Hazard should return no sooner but both remain unavailable for this trip.
Prediction and Odds
We can predict Dortmund overcoming their rivals for top four face this Tuesday to pick up a win.
Borussia Dortmund Win
Goals Under 2.5
Haaland to Score