Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund: A Game You Should Not Miss

Written by: Greg Lea
Updated January 27, 2023
5 min read
  • Bayer Leverkusen are on a five-game winning streak and now in the top-four race

  • Fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund continue to do things the hard way in the Bundesliga

  • This could be one of the highlights of the weekend throughout the whole of Europe

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Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Pick

Xabi Alonso’s side are flying and home advantage should help them to get the better of BVB.

Back Bayer Leverkusen to beat Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.  (+130)

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction

Bayer Leverkusen Turn Season Around as Alonso Impresses

Xabi Alonso is a managerial novice, but even the most experienced of coaches might not have done a better job than the Spaniard since he took charge of Bayer Leverkusen in early October. 

Alonso inherited a dicey situation. Among the pre-season contenders for a top-four finish, Leverkusen had won only one of their first eight fixtures, leading to Gerard Seoane’s departure. A 4-0 defeat by Bayern Munich in Seoane’s final match at the helm left the Werkself second-bottom of the standings. A relegation battle could not be ruled out.

The appointment of Alonso represented something of a risk. The former midfielder was a world-class player in his day, and his three-year spell at Bayern at the very end of his career meant he did at least have some familiarity with German soccer.

But Alonso’s only prior managerial role was as the boss of Real Sociedad’s B team. Everyone has to start somewhere, but it was nevertheless a gamble for Leverkusen to hand a delicate situation to a coach without any experience at the highest level.

Yet fast forward a few months and their decision has paid off handsomely. Results were mixed early on as Alonso got to know his squad, but Leverkusen are flying now. They have won each of their last five matches in the Bundesliga, the latest being a 2-0 victory over Bochum in the midweek round of fixtures that moved Leverkusen up to eighth.

It is a remarkable turnaround. In this kind of form, a seven-point gap to the Champions League qualification spots looks eminently surmountable. Leverkusen are the in-form team in Germany and no one will relish facing them. Dortmund must wish they could put this fixture off for a few weeks.

Borussia Dortmund Might Not Be Out of the Title Race After All

The big story in the Bundesliga since the post-winter break resumption is Bayern Munich’s stuttering form. Back-to-back 1-1 draws with RB Leipzig and Koln (the former excusable, the latter less so) have led to talk of a potential title race, which would be welcome as far as the division as a whole is concerned.

Bayern’s lead at the summit of the standings has been trimmed to three points, with a host of teams in hot pursuit. If Julian Nagelsmann’s side continue to turn in sub-par performances, they will be punished by at least one member of the chasing pack - at least in the short term.

No one in Germany truly expects anyone other than Bayern to win the league at this point, but events of the last few days have certainly raised hopes that it might not be a procession. Whether Borussia Dortmund will be the team to mount the strongest challenge remains to be seen.

On paper at least, BVB have hit the ground running since the campaign restarted, beating Augsburg at home and Mainz away. But Dortmund required late winners in both of those matches, and some of their old flaws were apparent at Signal Iduna Park last weekend and at the MEWA Arena in midweek.

Still, Edin Terzic’s team did get over the line on both occasions. As such they are now just five points shy of the top spot, despite being outside the top four at present. 

Things are tight in the upper echelons of the Bundesliga, and if Bayern’s patchy form continues they could be put under pressure. Dortmund must ensure they remain as close as possible to the champions in the coming weeks.

Leverkusen Are on a Roll and They Will Be Hard to Stop at Home

Terzic, you feel, would settle for a draw in the second Bundesliga game on Sunday. A trip to the BayArena is now one of the toughest assignments in the division right now, and simply halting Leverkusen’s winning streak would be an achievement.

Dortmund should provide Leverkusen with a tougher test than some of their recent opponents, including Bochum last time out. But their defensive vulnerabilities could be exposed by a team that has been transformed into an attacking force since Alonso walked through the door.

Only Wolfsburg, Bayern, and Leipzig have scored more goals than Leverkusen under their current boss. At the same time, the Werkself are much more defensively solid than they were earlier in the campaign. Over the last six rounds of Bundesliga fixtures, Wolfsburg are the only team who have conceded fewer goals.

As for BVB, they are still finding it difficult to find the right balance between defense and attack. The only way they seem able to keep things tight at the back is by sacrificing their threat going forward.

Sunday’s contest will therefore be a tricky one for Dortmund to negotiate, and we fancy Leverkusen to continue their winning run and move closer still to the top four. Back a home victory in this blockbuster Bundesliga clash.

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  • Teams: Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund

  • Location: BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany

  • Date and Time: Sunday, 29 January 2023, 11.30 AM EDT

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