Borussia Dortmund have put in the hard yards over the last few weeks to ensure the pressure is off for their Bundesliga curtain call against Bayer Leverkusen. Die Schwarzgelben have secured their place in the top four with a game to spare, while the visiting Werkself are guaranteed to finish in sixth place.
Where and when: Signal Iduna Park – 22 May, kick-off 14:30
Where you can see Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayer Leverkusen: N/A
Last time: Moussa Diaby and Florian Wirtz scored either side of Julian Brandt’s equaliser, as Leverkusen beat Dortmund 2-1 at the BayArena in January.
Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen Predictions and Preview
Borussia Dortmund may be able to relax following a serious threat to their status among Europe’s elite, but Die Schwarzgelben will want to finish their season on a high nonetheless. Likewise Bayer Leverkusen, who are aiming for their third successive victory over their hosts this weekend.
That said, both of the two most recent meetings between these clubs were at the BayArena, with Leverkusen edging a 4-3 thriller last season. Dortmund beat Die Werkself four times in a row before that though, bagging 15 goals in the process and netting exactly four on three occasions.
This has often been a high-scoring and entertaining affair in recent seasons, and we hope for more of the same this weekend. Neither team has any pressure on their shoulders, with Dortmund assured of their place in next season’s Champions League and Leverkusen also set to enjoy European football. Over 4.5 goals on Saturday is 11/5, rising to 5/1 if you go for over 5.5 goals. Fancy an all-out goal fest? Over 7.5 goals is priced at 19/1 in the latest odds for this game.
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Dortmund to win and BTTS
Dortmund to win 4-2
Dortmund to win and over 4.5 goals
The last four meetings between these clubs have all ended in home wins, and the hosts are the 13/20 favourites in these Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen predictions. Edin Terzic’s side are on a six-match winning tear in the Bundesliga, a run which has seen them rise into the top four places and guarantee either a third or fourth-placed finish this weekend.
Die Borussen also claimed the German Cup with a resounding 4-1 victory over RB Leipzig last week, adding to the high with which they’ve finished the season. An away win looks unlikely here given Leverkusen have only won one of their last four Bundesliga fixtures, and just four of their last 13. You can back Hannes Wolf’s side at 4/1 with William Hill though, with the draw priced at 7/2.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Jadon Sancho was excellent in last week’s German Cup final, netting twice and providing an assist for Erling Haaland. The English forward is in great form after also netting a brace against Leipzig in the league the week before, and he is 6/1 for the opener here.
One to watch for Bayer Leverkusen: Florian Wirtz scored the winner against Dortmund earlier this season, while the German midfielder also opened the scoring in Leverkusen’s 1-1 draw against Union Berlin last weekend. The exciting 18-year-old is available at 19/4 in the anytime scorer for these Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen tips.
Long shot: Dortmund have scored exactly four goals in three of their last four victories over Leverkusen. They’ve also netted 23 times in winning all of their seven most recent games in all competitions, including four against Leipzig last week, four against Werder Bremen last month and five against Holstein Kiel at the start of this month. This has often been a high-scoring affair in recent years, with Dortmund available at 28/1 to win 4-2. Those odds rise to 82/1 with Haaland scoring first.