Saturday, February 2, 2013

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03.02. (Sun) 17:30 Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia D.


Carvajal, Wollscheid, Toprak, Boenisch
Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle

Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus

Both teams come into this fixture with a minimum of injuries. For Leverkusen, the only notable absence is young attacker Karim Bellarabi.

Sebastian Boenisch is expected to continue on the left-hand side of defence ahead of Michal Kadlec.

Meanwhile, Felipe Santana will deputise for Neven Subotic at the heart of the Dortmund defence once again, as the Serbian continues his road back to full fitness from a hamstring injury.

Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined. Nuri Sahin will have to continue his wait for a first Bundesliga start since returning to the club, while Sven Bender will also start on the bench.


Leverkusen are currently unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season, and have won their last five BayArena clashes.

What's more, they have only lost two of their last 16 games. Ominously, these both came on a Sunday afternoon.

Werkself midfielder Lars Bender could face his twin brother Sven in the centre of the park on Sunday. The Leverkusen man has never beaten his sibling.

Dortmund have only lost one of their last 11 games against Leverkusen - a 2-0 home reverse on the opening day of the 2010-11 season.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 Bundesliga goals this season. Only Stefan Kiessling, his opposite number on Sunday, has scored more.

Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski has provided eight assists this season, his personal best-ever tally.

These two teams are certainly capable of providing one thing-goals. Both have been in exceptional form of late, and led by Kiessling and Lewandowski, have provided some extraordinarily exciting matches. Dortmund probably possess more quality, but Leverkusen's strong home record could deny them another victory.
Editor's Prediction
Leverkusen 2-2 Dortmund