09 September 2021, 14:33 | 28 August 2021, 13:29
The German Bundesliga fixture, Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. Borussia Dortmund, kicks off at 14:30 (GMT+1) on Saturday, September 11 at the BayArena.
Preview Bayer 04 Leverkusen Bundesliga, Sep 11, 2021
Preview Bayer Leverkusen returns after the smashing 4-1 victory over Augsburg at the WWK Arena on Matchday 3. An own goal from Iago (3’ O.G.) in the opening minutes and another by Florian Niederlechner (14’ O.G.) saw Bayer establish a comfortable two-goal lead a minute before the quarter-hour mark. Minutes later, Florian Niederlechner (30’) redeemed himself with a goal for Augsburg to cut Leverkusen's lead down to one before the break. But a goal from Patrik Schick (75’) and another from Wirtz (81’) wrapped up the three points for Bayer Leverkusen. The comfortable victory leaves Die Werkself in 2nd place with 7 points after three games: 2W, 1D & 0L. The Company’s Eleven remain unbeaten since Matchday 1: DWW and coach Gerardo Seoane will like to continue the unbeaten run by picking up at least a draw against Dortmund. An attacking 4—2—3—1 formation with Schick spearheading the onslaught is expected from the 42-year-old coach. Gerardo Seoane’s biggest worry will come in the shape of Erling Haaland. The remarkable forward has three goals in three appearances this season. The 21-year-old Norwegian also has three assists and has contributed to 66% of the goals scored by Dortmund this season. On availability, Edmond Tapsoba and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are both ruled out of this fixture, while right-winger Karim Bellarabi is in doubt for this fixture. A victory over Dortmund could see Leverkusen move to the top of the table if Wolfsburg fails to defeat Bundesliga newcomers, SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Matchday 4.
Preview Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga, Sep 11, 2021
Preview A narrow 3-2 victory over Hoffenheim saw Dortmund return to winning ways on Matchday 3. Goals from Reyna (49’), Jude Bellingham (69’) and Erling Haaland (90’+1) helped Dortmund climb two spots up the Bundesliga table to 5th place. Marco Rose hopes for back-to-back victories ahead of Dortmund's UEFA Champions League fixture against Besiktas at the Vodafone Arena on Wednesday. Against Bayer Leverkusen, a 4—3—3 formation is expected with Haaland serving as the focal point of the attack. Dortmund have 6 points, a G.D. of +3 and a form that reads: WLW after 2W, 0D, & 1L. During the international break, the club took part in charitable activities which saw Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and President Dr. Reinhard Rauball present a cheque of €295,000 to Hagen mayor, Erik Olaf Schulz. The cheque was given to help those in the city affected by floods in Germany. On Saturday, positive strides towards the top of the Bundesliga table will be on the cards for the Black & Yellows. In other related news, Jude Bellingham appears to be on Liverpool's radar, with Chelsea also reported to be interested in securing the services of the 18-year-old.