Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen – Westfalenstadion at 17:30 Live at BT Sport

Borussia Dortmund knew what to expect on Revierderby day but even so, the Black & Yellows failed to impress on their big day out at Ruhr rivals Schalke last weekend.

Having been slaughtered by six in their previous away day at champions-elect Bayern Munich, BVB head coach Peter Stoger knew he needed a positive result to stay in pole position for the full-time role next season. And although interest was waning from outside the club, before the game, Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, trailed the possibility that Stoger might still stay.

Zorc highlighting a run of just one defeat in 12 Bundesliga games that set the Black & Yellows back on course for Champions League qualification. However, it’s hard to see how any Dortmund coach losing successive away games 6-0 at Bayern and then the Revierderby could be considered a long-term bet.

The Austrian watched his side dominate the ball – 59% possession – but offered precious little with it. Marco Reus was a rare attacking threat as BVB sunk to a demoralizing 2-0 defeat, throwing Champions League qualification into question.

Things don’t get any easier for Dortmund, either. Although returning to the comfort of the Westfalenstadion on Saturday night, the Black & Yellows know the battle for a top-four finish has heightened as we enter the final furlong. This weekend BVB hosts third-placed Bayer Leverkusen and any slip-up would allow the chasing pack to close in further.

Easy to oppose Dortmund

Stoger’s side has plodded along for far too long and in recent weeks have been exposed against quality sides. Having W0-D3-L4 when taking on teams currently occupying the top five positions in the Bundesliga, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Dortmund fail to impress once more.

Of their 10 tussles with teams in the top seven, BVB’s only triumphs arrived by the tightest of margins and although visitors Bayer Leverkusen were out-classed 6-2 in their midweek DFB Pokal semi-final against Bayern, they excel on the road in these sorts of situations.

Die Werkself are counter-attacking specialists. The visitors have the pace to burn in attacking areas and players with the ability to change games in important areas. Under Heiko Herrlich’s tutelage, Leverkusen has lost just once at the top eight – at Bayern – returning an impressive W4-D1-L1.

Bayer certainly has a taste for taking on the division’s elite. Their W6-D4-L3 return at the top eight is almost symmetrical with their efforts against the division’s lesser lights and highlights their capacity to impress when given the space and opportunity to attack unorganized outfits.

With Dortmund ragged at the back and directionless in their approach towards the campaign’s conclusion, Leverkusen can add more woe to BVB by pinching at least a point in Saturday evening’s encounter. Die Werkself are attractive 1.88 shots with a +0.25 Asian Handicap start.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Bayer Leverkusen 0.25 at 1.890

By @MarkOHaire

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