Pre Match : Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen Preview, Live Stream, Team News & Lineups
December 7, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee: F. Meyer
Jurgen Klopp’s men welcome Sami Hyypia’s side hoping for a win and return to the second place. That this wont be an easy task, confirms a mutual record between these two teams which states that Bayer Leverkusen have lost just once in last 10 Bundesliga encounters.
Borrusia Dortmund since the home defeat of 3-0 by Pep Guardiola side, Bayern Munich, manage to bounce back by enrolling three wins in three different competition, Champions league win against Napoli, domestic league win against Mainz and against Saarbrucken in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal on Tuesday. Still, Bayer Leverkusen are ahead of Dortmund by three points and to surpass them Klopp’s men will need to win in a match when neither teams could allow themselves to lose as the leader Bayern Munich could only raise the gap.
Hyypia’s men after a surprising defeat at the start of November, against the league’s bottom club, Eintracht Braunschweig, enrolled three victories. Regarding the German Cup, Leverkusen like Borussia also progressed to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win at Freiburg. Speaking of Bayer, a really heavy defeat Leverkusen inflicted in the Champions league playing at home against Manchester United. Namely, the English side celebrated with a high 5-0 victory.
What was so surprising is that Bayer played at home where they rarely lost, and even less with such difference, for what we could look really deep in the history for the same. Regarding the matches on tour, both league defeats have come on the road , while regarding the host’s home record Borussia had won all of their six home Bundesliga games, scoring 21 goals in the process.
As for the mutual encounters between these two teams, Borussia have won four and drawn one in the last five meetings.
A new problem on the eve of this match is an injury of , Marco Reus, so the pair Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan will play, which is rarely the case this season. Sahin is doubtful and the alternative is S.Bender because Kehl will definitely play. Regarding Leverkusen, Reinartz is back from the injury, but not for the full 90-minutes, so he will start on the bench.
Team probable lineups
Borussia Dortmund : Weidenfeller – Groskreutz, M.Fridriech, Sokratis, Durm – Kehl, Sahin(S.Bender) – Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang – Lewandowski
Bayer Leverkusen : Leno – Donati, Toprak, Spahić, Can – Rolfes, L.Bender, Castro – Hegeler, Kiesling, Son
Match Prediction : The home side, is a big favorite here, and probably they will win, but knowing Leverkusen recent run, both teams to score looks more probably outcome here.