Dortmund vs Leverkusen by Gustav
Dortmund is far away from usual force they were previous years, but the team still should be able to reach the Champions League exit for the next season. Their bid in this edition of Champions League is hurt a bit with a narrow defeat in Portugal against Benfica 1:0 few weeks ago, but the team responded well from then on in domestic competitions.
They recorded two 3:0 victories, firstly in front of own fans against Wolfsburg, but then also on the road against Freiburg last weeekend. Sokratis brought them into the lead in 13th minute, while Aubameyang sealed the victory with two goals in the second half, in 55th and 70th minute. The side was dominating the match from first till last moment and completely deserved the victory. They are now at third position having eight points less than second placed Leipzig and maybe more important, having three points more than fifth and out of CL positions placed Hertha Berlin.
Midfielders Mario Gotze (11/1) and Sven Bender (2/0) are out due health reasons, same as other midfielder Sebastian Rode (11/1). Doubtful is defender Matthias Ginter (19/0), but with chances to recover in time.
Leverkusen, on the other side, is in similar position as their opponents since the team also plays in Champions League and also suffered defeat in the first leg (2:4 at home against Atletico Madrid) staying with almost no chances to reach the next stage. Their position in Bundesliga is worse as well, since they stand only eight at the table, having five points less than Europa League placed side Eintracht Frankfurt.
After that Champions League defeat, they had probaly even worse match as the side suffered 0:2 defeat in front of own fans against Mainz last weekend. Visitors opened up the match in the best possible way and scored two goals within first eleven minutes (Bell and Oztunali), while players of Leverkusen had no proper way to respond further on and couldn't revert the things at all, just staying with a more of ball possession but nothing more than that.
Midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu (15/6) and defender Jonathan Tah (16/1) won't be playing here due different reasons, while doubtful remain important offensive player Chicharito (20/10) and defender Danny da Costa (2/0), but with chances to recover on time.
Dortmund needs to get the victory here, not only to improve the morale ahead of important Champions League game, but also because of their current position at the table. Hosts are having great quality upfront and could easily destroy Leverkusen, side that is far away from a reliable one these days. Neither of the teams impressed so far in the season, but Dortmund still remains rock solid in comparison to the visitors.