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Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Düsseldorf Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 April 2024, 08:19

In another semifinals of DFB Pokal Bayer Leverkusen will host Fortuna Düsseldorf and the winner of this pair, as many contend, will most likely lift the trophy. Bayer, after a remarkable Bundesliga campaign and a streak of 39 matches being unbeaten, can add a Cup trophy to the Bundesliga triumph, where Xabi Alonso’s team has 13 points of advantage with 7 more games to play. Fortuna, aiming to return to Bundesliga, has a tight competition with Hamburger and Hannover and the bitter taste of failure can be softened by the first DFB Pokal since 1970. The teams have a rich history of head to head clashes, with the last 8 consecutive matches ended in Leverkusen’s favour.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Düsseldorf Preview

Bayer Leverkusen Preview

Despite the impressive results, it can be seen that Bayer is pushing the limits, with more and more victories being snatched in the last minutes of the match. The weekend match against Hoffenheim saw this scenario again, with Patrick Shick bringing 3 points with the goal at 90+1 minute. Overall, Bayer’s ‘Fergie Time’ goes for 5 consecutive matches, with 6 goals after the 85th minute. The cup’s journey was also memorable for Xabi Alonso’s net, with a dramatic quarter finals win over Stuttgart, thanks to the goal on the 90th minute or the second-round match against Sandhausen, where Bayer netted three goals from the 85 to 90+2 minutes. This is a clear indication of the team’s resilience, which comes in handy when the resources are scarce or the game simply does not go according to the plan.

Fortuna Düsseldorf Preview 

Fortuna’s journey to the semifinals was also full of memorable moments, with a penalty clash in quarter finals with St. Pauli or dramatic win over Magdeburg, where Jona Niemiec scored in the 87th and 90+2nd minutes, taking Düsseldorf to the next round. Last matches saw Fortuna approaching their best shape amid the decisive matches of the season, with a streak of 7 matches unbeaten (4 wins and 3 draws), as the team still has the chances to return to Bundesliga directly (the gap from the second Kiel is only 6 points). In this state of mind, Fortuna can at least threaten the exhausted Bayer and not become an easy prey on Xabi Alonso’s quest for the treble.

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Best odds: Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Düsseldorf

Betting Tips for Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Düsseldorf

Fortuna Dusseldorf Handicap +2.5

With the upcoming end of the season, it becomes obvious that Bayer is close to exhaustion of its resources. While during the season, these dramatic wins in the stoppage time were the source of inspiration, now they occur on a regular basis, indicating that the players are nearly depleted. While Fortuna is still an obvious underdog in this pair, it is doubtful that Bayer will be able to cruise past the team, especially after another hard weekend match. Unibet gives 1.74 for this Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Düsseldorf prediction.

Second Half Total Goals Over 1.5

Both teams love to have dramatic endings of the matches and scored a lot in the second half, and in the last 10 minutes in particular. This trend will most likely continue in the semi finals as well, given that it is hard to believe that the match result will be decided in the first half. Bayer Leverkusen vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.63.

Patrick Shick to Score at Any Time

Being on the scoresheet again in the match with Hoffenheim in the weekend, Patrick Shick is the key player for Xabi Alonso, who comes to save the day in any situation. With his 1+3 in the DFB Pokal, Shick has scored in his three last matches, with his nettings were decisive in each case. Unibet gives 1.60 for this Bayer Leverkusen vs Fortuna Düsseldorf tip.

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