Match preview: Dortmund kick off 22/23 campaign against Bayer Leverkusen

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We’re going to have an absolute bang for our first home game of the season, as we take on a top-notch team in the form of Bayer Leverkusen. In the last ten clashes against Die Werkself, an average of 4.9 (!) goals have been scored, so we can expect a fun and intense game against a team whose goal should be nothing but secure a place for years to come. Champions League.

Both teams have had impressive transfer windows so far, and while Leverkusen haven’t made as many acquisitions, they have done something equally impressive: keeping all of their key players. Names like Patrick Schick, Moussa Diaby and Edmond Tapsoba have been mentioned in many transfer rumors over the past two months, but Leverkusen have done really well to keep them. Both Patrick Schick and Florian Wirtz have extended their contracts, which clearly shows the ambition of the board.

Leverkusen finished on four straight wins last season, securing them a third place in the Bundesliga. Patrick Schick has established himself as one of the best strikers, netting 24 goals last season, taking second place for the Torjagerkanone below a certain Polish striker who now resides in Catalonia.

Many writers and commentators have predicted that Leverkusen will be one of the top four teams this season, and they will surely be looking to start their season well.

Expected composition

Our boys in black and yellow will of course be deprived of Sébastien Haller, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. They will also be without Niklas Süle, who took a knock in the cup game against 1860 Munich. Salih Özcan returned to team training last week so he will most likely be benched.

Leverkusen will be without superstar Florian Wirtz, who is still recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture. They will also be without French striker Amine Adli, while Karim Bellarabi remains a doubt for the clash.

Source: https://www.buildlineup.com/

You could say Terzic should form a partnership up front with Malen and Adeyemi, but they both looked better on the wing throughout pre-season. This means that Moukoko will lead the line again for BVB, which I’m honestly not too confident about based on his latest projections.

Prediction

Oh f#?k, I have to be optimistic here, don’t I? It’s literally the first game of the season, and anything can happen. If SV Elversberg can hit four goals against Die WerkselfSurely we can handle something similar, right?

I have to believe that Dortmund will get away with a sold-out Westfalenstadion for this one. I predict a 3-2 victory for Terzic’s troops, Malen building on his strong performance from the last game.

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