By 90Min
April 20, 2018
Borussia Dortmund will be looking to bounce back from their defeat in the Revierderby last week when Champions League chasing Bayer Leverkusen make the short hop across North Rhine-Westphalia on Saturday.

Both sides were locked in a 1-1 draw earlier this season at the BayArena in what proved to be Peter Bosz's penultimate Bundesliga game in charge at Dortmund. But draws are often hard to come by when Leverkusen and Dortmund go head to head, sharing the points just 10 times in 36 meetings since the turn of the century.

Here's everything you need to know about the clash this Saturday:


Classic Encounter
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Back when these two sides faced up against each other in Dortmund last season, the hosts thumped Bayer Leverkusen in a game that would prove to be Roger Schmidt's last in charge of Die Werkself.

Ousmane Dembélé continued the fine form he had shown throughout his maiden year in Germany by opening the scoring after just six minutes, and fellow Dortmund bad boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled their lead before the half time whistle.

But a seemingly routine win for the hosts was turned on its head just three minutes after the restart when Kevin Volland found the back of the net. Even Aubameyang's second goal of the game didn't deter Leverkusen, with Wendell responding directly from a free kick.

Christian Pulisic then scored Borussia Dortmund's fourth goal of the match to finally end any hopes of a late comeback, before André Schürrle and Raphaël Guerreiro added the gloss to a stellar performance from the Black and Yellows.


Key Battle

Lukasz Piszczek vs Leon Bailey
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Borussia Dortmund's defence will face one of their toughest tests this weekend when the league's third top goalscorers travel to the Westfalenstadion.

Right back Lukasz Piszczek will be tasked with keeping any number of Leverkusen's exciting wingers quiet this weekend, the most notable of which is Jamaica-born Leon Bailey.

The 20-year-old has impressed scouts from Europe's biggest and best clubs during his first full season in the Bundesliga. 

Bailey has been involved in 18 goals across all competitions this season and he hasn't been afraid to showcase his outstanding long-range shooting throughout the campaign. 

Team News
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The most notable absentee across Germany this weekend will be that of Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi. The Belgium international suffered a season ending injury in the Revierderby last week and will join Sebastian Rode, Erik Durm and Raphaël Guerreiro on the sidelines on Saturday.

Joel Pohjanpalo will be out of action once more this weekend for Bayer Leverkusen and their only other injury concern is with Brazilian left back Wendell, who is still recovering from torn ligaments.


Potential Borussia Dortmund Starting Lineup: Bürki, Piszczek, Toprak, Sokratis, Schmelzer, Weigl, Dahoud, Pulisic, Reus, Philipp, Schürrle.

Potential Bayer Leverkusen Starting Lineup: Leno, Henrichs, Tah, S. Bender, Retsos, Aranguiz, L. Bender, Bellarabi, Havertz, Bailey, Volland.

Prediction

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This game is set up perfectly to be one of the last great Bundesliga fixtures before the end of the season, with both Dortmund and Leverkusen level on points in the league table.

On top of that, both sides are looking to bounce back after defeats in their last game. Dortmund lost on the road to local rivals Schalke 04, while Leverkusen were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal in a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Despite being away from home this weekend, Leverkusen will be given a hat full of chances in Dortmund and the in form Kevin Volland, as well as Die Werkself's danger men out wide, could prove to be unplayable for Peter Stöger's side.


Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen

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