Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund's Season Begin With Tricky Clash Against Bayer Leverkusen

Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund's Season Begin With Tricky Clash Against Bayer Leverkusen

  • Borussia Dortmund will welcome Bayer Leverkusen to the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening in Matchday One of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season
  • Dortmund will be hoping to recapture the league title despite losing key striker Erling Haaland to Manchester City in the summer transfer window
  • The North Rhine-Westphalia-based club have won the Bundesliga title eight times and have placed second on ten occasions

Borussia Dortmund will kick start their 2022/23 Bundesliga season on Saturday when they cross swords against fellow European contenders Bayer Leverkusen.

Both sides qualified for the UEFA Champions League last campaign, but will hope to put up a great fight for the Bundesliga title this season.

Dortmund have a good record against Leverkusen, winning 19 out of the 46 games played between the two teams, with Leverkusen clinching 16 victories.

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Borussia Dortmund will welcome Bayer Leverkusen to the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday evening. Credit: @bundesliga
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Dortmund manager Edin Terzic is looking forward to a crunch game against Leverkusen at the Signal Iduna Park.

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“They have a very high pace on offense. They were one of the strongest counterattacking teams last season. We also took a close look at our last game against Leverkusen.”
"I'm really looking forward to [this upcoming home game]. But it's not about me, it's about the team. It's going to be loud, we're really looking forward to it. We want to show a good performance on Saturday."

Team News

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund will be without Sebastien Haller who joined the club in the summer transfer window from Ajax Amsterdam.

The Ivorian striker however will be sidelined for at least two months after undergoing surgery after having a testicular tumour removed.

17-year-old forward Youssoufa Moukoko could be handed starting berth in attack after he led the line in last weekend's cup win against 1860 Munich.

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Captain Marco Reus, new signing Karim Adeyemi and promising Dutch striker Donyell Malen are expected to support Moukoko in attack as they begin the season without a conventional striker.

Bayer Leverkusen

Leverkusen will miss the services of their teenage sensation Florian Wirtz. The 19-year-old has still not fully recovered form the cruciate ligament rupture he sustained last season.

The Eternal Bridesmaids could count on Czech Republic forward Adam Hlozeck in attack, with support from Moussa Diaby and Patrik Schick.

"We were all very disappointed at the beginning of the week. I can sense that the team is very keen with a strong will to show a significant improvement in performance on Saturday," Leverkusen manager Gerardo Seoane said during Friday's pre-game presser.

Borussia Dortmund Possible XI (4-5-1):

Gregor Kobel; Nico Schlotterbeck, Mats Hummels, Raphael Guerreiro, Thomas Meunier; Jude Bellingham, Julian Brandt, Marco Reus; Karim Adeyemi, Donyell Malen; Moukoko

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Bayer Leverkusen Possible XI (4-4-2):

Lukas Hradecky; Jeremie Frimpong, Edmond Tapsoba, Jonathan Tah, Mitchel Bakker; Robert Andrich, Charles Aranguiz, Sardar Azmoun, Adam Hlozek; Moussa Diaby, Patrik Schick

Source: Sports Brief News