Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund Betting Preview: Backing the hosts to maintain their strong home form with a result against the champions

Second faces third at the BayArena on Sunday, and Al Hain-Cole expects the hosts' strong home record to ensure that they overcome Jurgen Klopp's visitors
With league leaders Bayern Munich already running away with the Bundesliga title, Bayer Leverkusen’s game against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday sees two sides fighting it out for the honour of being ‘Best of the Rest’.

The hosts’ propensity for finishing as runners-up has seen them dubbed ‘Bayer Neverkusen’ in the past, and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them making second place their own with victory in this clash.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s exciting young side have won the last two consecutive league titles, and are favourites at 23/20 (2.15) to come away from the BayArena with all three points.

The meeting between the Rhineland neighbours at this venue ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw last season, and the rivals are priced at 9/4 (3.25) to cancel each other out again this time.

Leverkusen have been a revelation under the joint management of former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski this season, and the backbone for their strong form has been a fantastic home record.

Sixteen games have passed since any visiting side have emerged victorious at the BayArena, while the last eight consecutive games have all resulted in home wins.

With such a strong home record behind them, odds of 8/13 (1.62) look extremely generous on Leverkusen merely avoiding defeat in this game, and are certainly not to be missed.

Admittedly, Dortmund are on a decent run themselves, and are hitting the back of the net with ease at the moment.

Much of their best attacking play has come courtesy of Polish winger Jakub Blaszczykowski, who has scored five goals in his last five competitive appearances.

Considering this hot streak, the designated penalty taker offers fantastic value at 5/2 (3.50) to strike at anytime on Sunday, and is well worth a tipple at that price. 

Leverkusen to win or draw at 8/13 (1.62) with Paddy Power
Jakub Blaszczykowski to score anytime at 5/2 (3.50) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.