Borussia Dortmund will face Bayer Leverkusen in their next Bundesliga match at the Westfalenstadion on February 6, 2022.
Given that Bayern Munich will be playing earlier at the weekend of matchday 21 than Dortmund, the margin between the two sides might widen to nine points before Dortmund has a chance to kick a ball on Sunday.
While the leaders are facing a difficult test of their own against RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena, Marco Rose will be hoping that Die Roten Bullen can do his team a favour and help them to victory.
However, with their fate out of their hands, all that Rose and his team can do is concentrate on their own performances and strive to get three points week in and week out in the chance of a rare lapse in concentration from Bayern.
After returning from Germany’s winter break, BVB has continued to impress, having come from behind to win a dramatic 3-1 thriller at Eintracht Frankfurt, before thrashing high-flying Freiburg by a 5-1 scoreline, and then winning another entertaining match by a 3-2 scoreline at European spot-chasing Hoffenheim just before the international break.
Dortmund will cling to the glimmer of hope that remains that the Bayern machine may eventually be stopped from retaining their title come May, thanks to the first of those victories, which came against Die Adler, which reduced the intimidating winter break margin of nine points to the current six.
The Black and Yellows have won their past six meetings with Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park, scoring a combined total of 23 goals in that span. They will be confident of picking up their fourth straight Bundesliga victory on Sunday and maintaining the pressure on the Bavarians in the meantime.
Meanwhile, Leverkusen may be all but out of the Bundesliga title race, with the visitors heading into Sunday’s match eight points behind their hosts and a massive 14 points separating them and Bayern at the top of the table, but they still have a lot to play for in the remaining months of the season.
After missing out on Champions League football in each of the previous two seasons, Gerardo Seoane’s team is on the verge of putting an end to their absence from Europe’s premier club competition.
Die Werkself is now in third place as we go into matchday 21, but with just two points separating them from fifth-placed Freiburg, the remaining two slots in the top four are still up for grabs between now and May.
In fact, at the time of writing, Leverkusen is just eight points ahead of Mainz 05 in 10th place, putting the whole top half of the Bundesliga amid a titanic struggle for the last two European qualifying spots.
Consequently, it was critical for Seoane’s team to start the New Year on the right foot, and with seven points from their first three games in 2022, his players have done an excellent job so far in accomplishing this goal.
Patrik Schick, Dortmund’s leading goalscorer this season, was unable to find the back of the net in the 5-1 thrashing of Augsburg just before the international break. However, the Czech Republic striker will be confident of finding the back of the net against a porous Dortmund defence on Sunday, having netted an incredible 18 goals in just 17 Bundesliga appearances so far this season.
BVB vs B04, Bundesliga 2021/22
Date: 6th February 2022
Time: 8:00pm IST
Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga form: D-W-L-W-W-W
Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga form: L-D-L-D-W-W
BVB vs B04, Head-To-Head:
Having played 28 head-to-head matches against their rivals, Borussia Dortmund has a commanding lead. They have won 16, lost six, and drawn six games this season.
It was in the Bundesliga last season that the two teams met for the first time, with Borussia Dortmund coming out on top 4-3 over Bayer Leverkusen. Borussia Dortmund won the match thanks to a brace from star striker Erling Braut Haaland, as well as goals from midfielder Julian Brandt and Portugal international Raphael Guerreiro.
Goals from young sensation Florian Wirtz, Czech international Patrik Schick, and former Paris Saint-Germain winger Moussa Diaby secured victory for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga match.
Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Kobel; Wolf, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Brandt, Dahoud, Bellingham; Reus, Malen, Hazard
Bayer Leverkusen possible starting lineup:
Hradecky; Frimpong, Tah, Hincapie, Bakker; Andrich, Demirbay; Bellarabi, Wirtz, Diaby; Schick
This matchup has never failed to provide entertaining football, with a remarkable total of 40 goals being scored in the past eight meetings, and all indications are that the game on Sunday will be no exception.
Both Dortmund and Leverkusen have been prolific in front of goal this season, while also allowing their respective defences to be exposed at the back. However, we believe the hosts will just barely edge out their opponents in a thriller, thanks to their recent dominance over their respective opponents.
Score Prediction: BVB 2-1 B04
This game will be a hard-fought contest in one of the most difficult stadiums across Europe to come to and take something back. The crowd is always loud and supporting the home side, as they try to push for a win. That could be the boost needed to produce something special and win the game.
At the end of the day, neither team will want to take any prisoners and will push for a win. Which team comes out on top in this match, remains to be seen, though we feel that the hosts will win.