Bayer Leverkusen 8-5-3, Borussia Dortmund 9-2-5
1/19/21 2:30 pm
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Bayer Leverkusen is welcoming Borussia Dortmund to BayArena in a derby match of round 17 in the German Bundesliga.
Leverkusen is still struggling after Christmas break, and their only win was against Eintracht in the DFB Pokal. This past weekend, Leverkusen was playing against Union Berlin on the road, and they were the better team with 67% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 85% of the correct passes. Leverkusen has created a few good chances in this game, but Union was defending well, and they surprised Leverkusen with a fantastic counterattack in the 88th minute. Leverkusen has lost this game 1-0. Leverkusen is in 3rd place with 29 points, 30 scored goals, and 16 conceded goals, and I think their chances for the title are now gone. Alario is the leading goalscorer for Leverkusen with 8 goals, but his form has been declining. Schick has added 5 goals. Amiri added 5 assists. Arias, Paulinho, Palacios, and Weiser are all injured for Leverkusen. I like Leverkusen, but they have been struggling for a while, and they better get out of this slump if they want to be competitive in the Europa League.
Borussia has been doing well, but they have been inconsistent in the attacking end. Borussia has lost only 1 of their last 6 games, and even though they are in 4th place with 29 points, 32 scored goals, and 20 scored goals, Borussia is back in the title race. Haaland is the leading goalscorer for Borussia Dortmund with 12 goals, while Reus, Reyna, and Hummels added 3 goals each. Sancho has added 7 assists. Hazard, Schmelzer, Witsel, and Zagadou are injured, while Can is suspended because of the yellow cards. Borussia Dortmund was hosting Main in their last Bundesliga game, and they were the better team with 73% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 1 corner kick, 2 big chances created, and a solid 88% of the correct passes. The first half was slow, and we haven’t seen any goals, but the second half started well. Borussia conceded a goal in the 57th minute, while they tied the score in the 73rd minute. In the 76th minute, Borussia has had a penalty kick, but Reus missed it, and this game ended in a 1-1 draw. It’s always challenging when teams change their coach, but Borussia’s players are quickly adapting to the new ideas and game style, and it’s slowly paying off.
The trends are even in this matchup, and both Leverkusen and Borussia are good teams, but Borussia has far more offensive firepower. While Leverkusen is struggling, Borussia hasn’t lost any of their last 4 games. This is a derby game, and the form is secondary, which is why I think we will see goals on both sides.