Dortmund (Odds of 8/11 for victory)
Dortmund started the campaign in such an exciting fashion by hammering Koln and Augsburg. However, BVB were quickly brought back down to earth by a shock 3-1 defeat at Bundesliga new boys Union Berlin.
The defeat against Union also ended a four-game winning run for Lucien Favre’s team in the German top-flight. Despite the defeat in the capital, Dortmund still have an impressive record in front of goal in the German top-flight, scoring at least twice in eight of their last nine league outings.
However, BVB always gives the opposition a chance at the other end of the pitch, as they have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven outings in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund are usually a formidable opponent on home soil, as they have won 15 of their last 18 home matches in the German top-flight, while only suffering one defeat. The key to Favre’s teams recent good home form has been their firepower, as BVB have scored at least twice in their last 18 matches in the Bundesliga.
Leverkusen have been on the receiving end of Dortmund’s awesome attacking threat in recent seasons, as Bayer have conceded at least three goals in their last four visits to the Signal Iduna Park in all competitions.
Bayer Leverkusen (Odds of 10/3 for victory)
The visitors have made a bright start to the new Bundesliga campaign, picking up seven points from a possible nine. They opened their campaign with victories over Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf. However, Hoffenheim held them to a goalless draw last time out.
Bayer’s good start to the campaign means that they are now nine matches undefeated in Bundesliga, having recorded an impressive seven wins.
Like Dortmund, the visitors tend to give their opponents a chance when it comes to conceding, as Bayer have managed just one clean sheet in seven matches, which was in that aforementioned draw with Hoffenheim.
Bayer Leverkusen have a strong recent away record in the Bundesliga, winning five of their last matches on their travels, including their last four matches. Bayer have also failed to score in just one of their last 14 away games in the German top-flight.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Dortmund have been one of their bogey teams in recent years, as Bayer have beaten Dortmund just once in the last nine meetings between the two teams. BVB have also won the last three meetings between the two teams.
Dortmund may head into this game as favourites for victory, but Bayer Leverkusen are a potentially difficult opponent for Favre’s team. They will come to the Signal Iduna in high spirits after their good start to the campaign.
Both these teams like to be on the front foot when it comes to attacking play, so it should be an entertaining encounter with plenty of goals. With that in mind, backing the over 3.5 goals at 4/5 is not a terrible idea.
Home advantage should be enough to ensure Dortmund get back to winning ways, so backing the home win at odds of 10/3 is our other recommendation.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 10/3 and/or the over 3.5 goals at 4/5 (All odds from Bet365).
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