Bundesliga 2022-23 - Dortmund vs Leverkusen Match Preview and Prediction

Match Preview

Borussia Dortmund host Bayer Leverkusen in a fascinating opening weekend battle of the 2022-23 Bundesliga season. Both sides secured Champions League football last season, but will hope to challenge Bayern Munich for the title this time around.

While Dortmund only finished eight points behind champions Bayern in the end, in truth that gap flattered Der BVB somewhat due to the Bavarians taking their foot off the gas once they had wrapped up a 10th successive league title. Dortmund, of course, were the last team to break Bayern's dominance in the Bundesliga, with current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp guiding his former club to two successive league titles in 2011 and 2012.

 There have been a couple of near misses since those glory years, with Edin Terzic hoping to become the man to break the cycle having been reappointed as manager this summer. The 39-year-old guided Dortmund to a DFB-Pokal triumph as caretaker boss in the 2020-21 season, and he has been handed the reins on a permanent basis this time around after Marco Rose departed the club by mutual consent.

BVB comfortably swept aside third-tier outfit 1860 Munich in the first round of the DFB-Pokal last Friday, with first-half strikes from Donyell Malen, Jude Bellingham and debutant Karim Adeyemi making the second-half something of an early season stroll. Saturday evening, on the other hand, is likely to be be anything but that against a Leverkusen side which blitzed them 5-2 at Westfalenstadion in February earlier this year.

Indeed, Leverkusen massively kicked on in Gerardo Seoane's first season in charge of the club, comfortably securing third spot to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in three seasons. The former Young Boys boss has made Die Werkself a thrilling side to watch, with their impressive goals for tally of 80 only bettered by Bayern and Dortmund last season. It has been a quiet summer at BayArena, though, with Adam Hlozek essentially replacing Lucas Alario after the latter departed for Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt.

Prediction

We expect to see a highly entertaining, high-scoring affair between two attacking teams on Saturday. Both meetings saw seven goals scored at either end last season, but we expect the hosts to just edge it having looked more ready for the new season in the DFB-Pokal last weekend.

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