Bayer Leverkusen hosts bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund at the BayArena for matchday 4 of the 2021/2022 Bundesliga campaign on Saturday afternoon.
Bayer Leverkusen has made a fantastic start to the 2021/2021 Bundesliga campaign under the tutelage of new manager Gerardo Seoane. They are unbeaten in their first three fixtures. Having started the season with a disappointing 1-1 draw against Union Berlin, they bounced back with a 4-0 thrashing over Borussia Monchengladbach. Goals from Patrick Shick, Florian Wirtz, and two own goals saw them to a comfortable 4-1 win over Augsburg in their last Bundesliga outing. Bayer Leverkusen has scored nine goals this season with goals in the first 45 minutes. Defensively they have been solid conceding only two goals. Long-term absentees Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Edmond Tapsoba, and Karim Bellarabi are ruled out. New signing Piero Hincapie, Exequiel Palacios, and midfielder Aranguiz are unavailable due to their international involvements. Head Coach Gerardo Seoane is likely to stick to his attacking 4-2-3-1 formation.
Borussia Dortmund has had a decent start to the 2021/2022 Bundesliga campaign. Marco Rose’s era started excellently with a 5-2 thrashing over Eintracht Frankfurt. They failed to build on the opening day victory and lost 2-1 to Freiburg despite dominating possession and having 19 shots. Their last Bundesliga outing was a narrow 3-2 win over stubborn neighbors Hoffenheim. They looked to have secured the win after goals from Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham put them ahead in the 69th minute. Munas Dabbur put Hoffenheim level in the closing stages but an extra-time goal from Erling Haaland was enough to snatch all three points. Borussia Dortmund’s shaky defense has let them concede a record six goals in their first three fixtures. Injuries have been a constant worry for Marco Rose’s side. Mat Hummels, Dan Zagadou, Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz, and Emre Can are out injured and unavailable for selection. Giovanni Reyna and Marco Reus picked up knocks while on international duty and ae doubtful.
Bayer Leverkusen has won just four of their last ten Bundesliga home matches scoring over 2.5 goals in six of their last ten Bundesliga games. Borussia Dortmund has been poor defensively conceding ten goals In their last seven competitive games. Five of the last seven meetings between both sides have seen over 2.5 goals so we are backing both teams to score.
PREDICTION: 2-2 DRAW
ACCUMULATOR TIP: BTTS