Borussia Dortmund will be determined to fire back at Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes following his comment about the reigning German champions. The Bayern manager has described Jurgen Klopp’s side as only famous regionally, while Bayern are an international brand. What better way to put that right than by taking three points off Bayer Leverkusen this weekend at Signal Iduna Park.
The champions have one win and a draw after two games in the league. Jakub Blaszczykowski drew Klopp’s side level in their last league game away to Nuremberg – an equaliser that came less than 10-minutes after the home side’s opener. The 1-1 draw sees Dortmund currently sit in sixth place in the league and needing to make up ground on league leaders Bayern.
It was Borussia Dortmund who kicked the season off at home to Werder Bremen. The big story of the game was Marco Reus picking up his first goal in a Dortmund shirt following his summer move from Monchengladbach. Incidentally, it was Dortmund who won the battle for Reus’ signature last season over Bayern: an incredible blow to the pride of Germany’s most dominant team.
German wonder-kid Mario Gotze also came off the bench in that game and won his side the game with a goal on 82-minutes. The precision of Dortmund’s attack has certainly not wavered following the departure of Shinji Kagawa to Manchester United.
This home tie against Leverkusen would also have thrown together a match-up with Sven Bender and his twin brother Lars. But Sven has been out with injury and, despite recently returning to full fitness, Jurgen Klopp will not rush him back into the starting XI.
In his absence, Ilkay Gundogan and Sebastian Kehl have performed well in the two central midfield roles, holding their ground in the centre of the pitch while the creative forces work further up the pitch. But Sven Bender’s return is only a positive for Klopp, who will need a strong squad for the approaching Champions League campaign.
As always, the tip of the Dortmund sword is Robert Lewandowski, who is yet to score this season, but opened the scoring at this past summer’s Euro 2012.
The Polish international’s goal-scoring exploits of last season are well documented and he has always been a threat around the box when given a good supply.
Dortmund’s opposition this weekend in Bayer Leverkusen are currently in ninth place in the league with three points. An away loss and a home win is what Sami Hyypia’s team have to show so far, but the bookies are clearly favouring Dortmund for this match.
Striker Stefan Kiessling is an important player for Hyppia’s side. But even though he has one goal from two, I have my doubts about how consistent Kiessling can be for this Leverkusen side.
International teammates will collide in one specific area of the pitch: Mats Hummels of Dortmund will have his hands full by one of the Bundesliga’s most promising young stars, Andre Schurrle.
Schurrle had his name linked to Chelsea this past summer, but the London side reportedly fell short of Leverkusen’s valuation. He’s quick and direct and will cause plenty of problems as he cuts in from the wings.
Match Betting Tips Conclusion
Dortmund have lost only one of their last 34 home games and Leverkusen have only one win against Dortmund in their last 10 meetings. There’s no question that the champions are imperious at Signal Iduna Park: