Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
1 December 2023, 14:13

Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund Preview

After the intense title race in Bundesliga last term, it appears like another exciting campaign awaits us in 2023/24. While it was Borussia Dortmund who nearly clinched the title last season, this year’s main competitors to Bayern Munich have been Bayer Leverkusen. However, BVB are still in the running for a top four finish.

On Sunday, December 3, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund will go head to head at BayArena. The kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 pm local time.

The hosts remain undefeated this season but Borussia Dortmund have a few tricks up their sleeve which will give Xabi Alonso’s team a run for their money.

Bayer Leverkusen Preview

We cannot start our Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund prediction without giving mention to one astonishing fact – the hosts have not lost a single game since the start of the 2023/24 season! In fact, they currently boast an incredible record of 18 wins in 19 matches across all competitions.

As far as the Bundesliga goes, Alonso’s side tops the table with 34 points after 12, with a record of 37 scored and 10 conceded goals. That single draw came against title-holders Bayern Munich.

However, it is important to keep in mind that key player Florian Wirtz suffered a muscle injury last weekend and missed the midweek UEFA Europa League match. Even if he recovers in time, he may not be at his best on Sunday.

Borussia Dortmund Preview

Borussia Dortmund’s season doesn’t quite compare to that of Bayer but that doesn’t diminish their accomplishments. Edin Terzic’s men currently sit fourth in the table with 24 points after 12 matches, having scored 25 and conceded 19 goals.

However, BVB’s recent form is quite underwhelming: two wins, one draw and two losses in the recent five Bundesliga matches. If we include their European record two, then we have to mention the wins against Newcastle United and AC Milan which go a long way.

Finally, one aspect which may be important for the Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund odds is their mid-week matches. Dortmund played theirs on Tuesday, meaning they get two extra days to recover.

Betting Tips Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund

Bayer Leverkusen win

There is no need in beating around the bush, there is a clear favourite in the Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund tips and it is not the visitors. We expect Xabi Alonso’s team to continue their triumphant spell with another win on Sunday, and Bet365 offers 1.61 odds on it happening.

Dortmund have been a decent team, that is true, but things are going too well for the hosts right now. Terzic can set up a nasty low block and look to hit Bayer on the counter but the Schwarzroten have enough outlets to break down any defence. 

Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong on the flanks, Granit Xhaka and Jonas Hoffman in the middle, Victor Boniface spearheading the attack – the names are staggering. Bayer are in too good of a form to suddenly get stopped by an inconsistent BVB.

Over 8 corners

Because we expect the hosts to attack relentlessly and the visitors to do their best to stop them, it is only reasonable to mention corner kicks in our Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund tips. The odds on over 8 corners stand at 1.50 on Bet365.

Typically, a game with a huge amount of scoring chances also brings about a large number of corner kicks since some shots get deflected or palmed away by the goalkeepers. BVB know exactly what it is like since there were at least eight corner kicks in three of their last five league encounters. For the hosts, this stands true in two out of the last five matches. 

Bayer usually control the ball for long stretches of time which tends to limit the amount of chances that their rivals get. However, we cannot ignore that Alonso’s side will experience some fatigue on Sunday and will be less sharp.

Victor Boniface to score anytime

Victor Boniface had a great start in the Bundesliga and was a top contender for the Golden Boot in the opening weeks. However, the Nigeria international has failed to score in the last five league matches and currently stands at seven goals in 12 matches. Although a decent output, Boniface can do better.

To prove this point, we should consider his form in the UEFA Europa League. In five matches to date, the 22-year-old netted four times. He failed to score in one single European match – the 2-1 win over Molde at the start of October.

Borussia Dortmund have conceded 11 goals in their last five Bundesliga games, proving that their defensive rigidity hasn't been quite there. Boniface should be able to take advantage of it, and Bet365 give 1.72 odds on him scoring anytime.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund tips are only suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.