Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund
Both teams have been in fine form of late and will be looking to assert themselves as the nearest challengers to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
By Enis Koylu
Carvajal, Wollscheid, Toprak, Boenisch
Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Both teams come into this fixture with a minimum of injuries. For Leverkusen, the only notable absence is young attacker Karim Bellarabi.
Sebastian Boenisch is expected to continue on the left side of defense ahead of Michal Kadlec.
Meanwhile, Felipe Santana will deputize for Neven Subotic at the heart of the Dortmund defense once again, as the Serbian continues his road back to full fitness from a hamstring injury.
Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined. Nuri Sahin will have to continue his wait for a first Bundesliga start since returning to the club. Sven Bender will also start on the bench.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Leverkusen is currently unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season, and has won its last five BayArena clashes.
- What's more, it has only lost two of its last 16 games. Ominously, these both came on a Sunday afternoon.
- Werkself midfielder Lars Bender (pictured, right) could face his twin brother Sven in the center of the park on Sunday. The Leverkusen man has never beaten his sibling.
- Dortmund has only lost one of its last 11 games against Leverkusen - a 2-0 home reverse on the opening day of the 2010-11 season.
- Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 Bundesliga goals this season. Only Stefan Kiessling, his opposite number on Sunday, has scored more.
- Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski has provided eight assists this season, his personal best-ever tally.
Top 3 Predictions
Leverkusen 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 17.38 %
Leverkusen 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 16.99 %
Leverkusen 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 9.96 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Dec 7, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Leverkusen 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Feb 3, 2013||Leverkusen 2 - Borussia Dortmund 3|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Sep 15, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Leverkusen 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Feb 11, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Leverkusen 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Aug 27, 2011||Leverkusen 0 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|Dec 10, 2013||Real Sociedad 0 - Leverkusen 1||UCL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Leverkusen 1||BUN|
|Dec 4, 2013||Freiburg 1 - Leverkusen 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Leverkusen 3 - Nürnberg 0||BUN|
|Nov 27, 2013||Leverkusen 0 - Manchester United 5||UCL|
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