Despite something of a defensive crisis, Al Hain-Cole expects Die Schwarzgelben's irresistible attack to ensure they take all three points from Saturday's big matchBoth Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen will be hoping to prove their title credentials when they come face-to-face at the Westfalenstadion on Saturday.
Victory would see Jurgen Klopp’s men leapfrog their opponents into second place in the table, and BetVictor are offering odds of 11/20 (1.55) on them coming out on top for the fourth game in succession against the visitors.
Die Werkself are enjoying their best ever start to a Bundesliga season and are available at 21/4 (6.25) to pick up a fourth consecutive win in the league.
The hosts are yet to draw a game in front of their own fans this campaign, but you an get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them being forced to settle for a point in this clash.
One man who will be relishing this fixture more than most is Manuel Friedrich, who joined Die Schwarzgelben on a free transfer last month after being released by Sami Hyypia’s men in the summer.
The veteran centre-back was brought in after first choice defensive partnership Neven Subotic and Matts Hummels both suffered long term injuries and was immediately thrown in the deep end for his side’s 3-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich.
Although Klopp’s team have won three games out of three since then, their makeshift backline has not looked entirely convincing, and is sure to come under close scrutiny against an attack currently averaging over two goals a game in the league.
Fortunately for Dortmund, nobody has scored more than them in the Bundesliga so far, meaning they can usually afford some defensive leeway in the knowledge that their prolific forward line will cancel out any mistakes.
Having hit 21 goals in their last seven home games in the league, the hosts are sure to overpower a defence that has kept just one clean sheet in their last five one the road, and odds of 7/4 (2.75) look too good to pass up on them coming out on top in a game featuring goals at both ends.
|Dortmund to win and both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 7/4 (2.75) with BetVictor
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