After submitting the necessary documentation for the second Bundesliga tier, Borussia Dortmund are actually trying to make some sense of the second half of their Bundesliga campaign. The match at Bay Arena somehow ended up being between the third and 17th placed Bundesliga teams, and not so much between Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund.
Bayer Leverkusen had a decent start in Bundesliga, but at Bay Arena they only lost once and have nine wins. That put the hosts 17 points behind the leader and seven points behind Wolfsburg. Bellarabi, Son, Calhanoglu, Drmic and Kiessling are Leverkusen’s top goalscorers with 23 goals, while Kiessling, Bellarabi and Bender are the top three in providing assists. Against Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen might be without Jedvaj, who is still recovering from a recent injury scare and Max Kruse is still under doubt.
Borussia Dortmund vowed to come back from the horrific first half of a season, and for that to happen they need to be clinical in front of the goal. With Marco Reus back in training and playing during friendly matches Die Borussen might get that creative spark their forwards have been missing. Aubameyang might return in time from international duty, but Mkhitaryan, Kehl, Durm and Bender are all set to miss this crucial match.
Last time the two teams faced each other it ended with a 2-0 win for Leverkusen with Bellarabi scoring the fastest Bundesliga goal after just nine seconds as a result of leaving Ginter and Langerak in the dust. Immobile was unable to find a breakthrough with Leverkusen’s defense and it remains to be seen whether he learned or not some new Bundesliga tricks. Jürgen Klopp stated he is ready to face a though opposition, but that he cannot focus on Leverkusen alone: “Our position is clear, we are four points behind the area where we want to be at the end of the season,” he stated in a recent interview.
Leverkusen score at least two goals when playing at home, while with the return of Reus, Dortmund’s chances to score have increased. Everyone predicts a hard fought game and the most common result is a draw with 3.50 odds from William Hill. Another Bayer Leverkusen win has 2.37 odds, a Dortmund one 2.80 and over 2.5 goals has 1.73 odds. Kiessling has 2.50 odds to score; Calhanoglu, Drmic, Immobile and Reus have 2.62, while Aubameyang and Bellarabi have 2.80 as an anytime goalscorer. We are betting 5 units on Bayer Leverkusen to win and over 2.5 goals with 3.40 odds from William Hill.
Bayer Leverkusen: Team’s Formation
Borussia Dortmund: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Bayer Leverkusen to win and over 2.5 goals
Result: -8 units, bet lost
An interesting AFCON 2015 match awaits us in group D as Cameroon are pitted against Ivory Coast for a ticket to the next round. Group D called up international attention due to the fact that either all favorites stumbled in their matches or for the fact that it ended up with all four teams in the group being tied at everything, goal difference, goal scored, and points.
The teams are hoping for a breakthrough as Cameroon hope to avoid the drawing of lots that will decide which teams will progress should the group situation remain unchanged. Cameroon will be without Enoh Eyong who has not passed a fitness test after his muscle injury from the match against Mali. They will rely once again on Choupo-Moting, Aboubakar and Moukandjo for the goals amidst a team of talents even if not as star filled as Ivory Coast.
Cote D’Ivoire will be without Gervinho who is serving the last match of his suspension while Tiote will sit out due to two yellow cards in the first two group matches. Gardel could see a starting eleven spot after coming off the bench to save Ivory Coast from the embarrassment of losing against Mali. “It is a match that will be decided by little details. Concentration, an ability to take our chances and defensive rigour will all be important. Whichever team shows a little less of these things will go home,” said Ivory Coast’s coach.
During the qualifications Cameroon won a match with 4-1 and another one ended in a 0-0 draw. Neither team impressed in the tournament so far, nor have they made true to the expectations put upon them. This match in particular will serve as means to set things in motion, make a claim on the title, and qualify from the first place in the group. Ladbrokes gives Cameroon 3.25 odds to win, a draw at the end of regular time has 3.10 odds and Ivory Coast has 2.30 to win. The wincast market of both teams to score and Cameroon to win has 8.00 odds the same market for Ivory Coast 5.50 and Cameroon to win either half 2.30. We are going to bet 8 units on the second half with the majority of goals with 2.15 odds from Ladbrokes.
Cameroon: Team’s Formation
Ivory Coast: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
The second half with the majority of goals
Result: -5 units, bet lost