Second meets third at the BayArena on Sunday, as the two battle it out for what increasingly looks like second place. With Bayern Munich eleven points clear currently, any title aspiration for these two sides is diminishing with every game.
Bayer Leverkusen will be full of confident though as they have won their last five home matches in the Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund have started 2013 in impressive fashion, scoring eight goals and keeping two clean sheets. The North Rhine-Westphalia outfit will look to continue that impressive start to 2013 away at Bayer Leverkusen, as they will not want to concede their title easily.
The two teams are similar in terms of style of play, each using a fast paced, counter attack to deadly effect as they look to punish their opponents with every chance. Leverkusen use of André Schürrle and Gonzalo Castro either side of Stefan Kießling has proved an efficient front line. The trio have scored a combined total of 24 goals so far in the Bundesliga. Kießling is currently the Bundesliga’s top goal scorer with thirteen goals.
As for Dortmund, they have one of the best partnerships in world football in Mario Götze and Marco Reus. The two German international youngsters have both scored seven times this campaign, bringing devastating attacks to opposition defences. Added to that is the Polish contingent of Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Błaszczykowski, who have scored twelve and eight goals so far this season respectively.
That fire power is hard to guard against, but Leverkusen have conceded just six goals at home this season. Leverkusen fans will hope that their team keeps tight in defence against a ruthless Dortmund side. They will certainly want an improvement over the previous meeting of these sides earlier on in the season when Dortmund claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory at home.
A score draw looks likely, a result that Bayern Munich will certainly hope for as the two teams would lose further ground on the league leaders.
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