Bundesliga – Round 34
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen – 22nd May
Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen clash to be titled ‘King of the North’
Placed third on the stands with goal thirty, Erling Haaland, Dortmund is one team that has proven to be tough to win over. Despite being in dire straits at the time of Lucien Favre’s ousting, Borussia Dortmund has since rebounded to clinch the DFB Pokal and secure Champions League qualification.
Edin Terzic has done a noteworthy job but will have to leave his post reluctantly for the incoming Marco Rose. As he sets to say goodbye to the team, he is coming in with all guns blazing with the aim of showing his skills to potential suitors. To add to that, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, and Marco Reus are all available and well rested. That only accelerates Borussia Dortmund’s chances at securing a win during this game.
Predicted Line-up: Bürki – Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Bellingham, Dahoud – Sancho, Reus, Reyna – Haaland
An abominable team in spirit, Bayer Leverkusen’s performance has been all over the place recently. Of the games they have played recently, they have won two matches, lost one, and concluded two draws. However, their latest game against Cologne has elevated the club’s confidence.
With their high spirits, accomplished players, and a touch of luck, Bayer Leverkusen stands strongly as a team that cannot be taken for granted. Their game with Cologne has proven just that, and it will be interesting to see if this holds true for the game against Dortmund as well.
Predicted Line-Up: Hradecky – Tah, Dragovic, S. Bender, Wendell – Wirtz, Aranguiz, Demirbay – Bellarabi, Schick, Diaby
As third-placed Borussia Dortmund and sixth-placed Bayer Leverkusen prepare for their game on Sunday, they both have their eyes set on being titled King of the North. A triumphant game indeed, it will set the tone for the rest of the season and perhaps even the next one. While several sports pundits are gunning for Borussia Dortmund to win, especially given their recent triumphs, Bayer Leverkusen has repeatedly proven itself as a team that is not to be taken for granted. The odds come in with just that sentiment – Dortmund holds the odds of 1.51, Leverkusen draws 5.5, and a draw comes in with 4.45.
The unpredictability of a football match needs no explanation. Even though Dortmund playing at its best and looks unbeatable at the moment, Leverkusen seems prepared to fight the battle with all its might.
However, it cannot be ignored that it might be the last chance for the likes of Patrik Schick to impress national team managers for the upcoming European Championships after Leverkusen had lost its star players to the European poachers.
Placed with the bets the way they are, that increases the likelihood that Bayer Leverkusen would emerge victoriously, and it would be wise to bet on the underdog and hope it pays off. Whatever be the result, this is going to be a match that is worth looking out for.