Our prediction for this Bundesliga match:
All eyes will be on BayArena when Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund face each other in the Bundesliga round 17. Bayer Leverkusen failed to turn their dominance into goals in a 1-0 loss to Union Berlin, and given the number of absentees in the home team, it is no wonder Peter Bosz’s troops are seen as underdogs in the midweek clash. The likes of Arias, Bellarabi, Bender, Palacios, Paulinho, and Weiser are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
Borussia Dortmund, on the other hand, dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Mainz, with Marco Reus failing to convert a penalty in the dying minutes of the match. Edin Terzic’s troops recorded four wins in the previous five away games in all competitions, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. The likes of Hazard, Schmelzer, Witsel, and Zagadou are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Kerem Demirbay):
Kerem Demirbay is a product of Schalke 04 football academy. After playing for die Knappen from 1999 to 2007 he joined Borussia Dortmund and it has to be noted that he played for Wattenscheid during his youth career as well. The German footballer of Turkish descent made 28 appearances for Borussia Dortmund II before joining Hamburger SV senior team in 2013.
However, you should know that he played no more than three games in Bundesliga for die Rothosen. Kerem Demirbay played for Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan from 2014 to 2016 and he moved to Hoffenheim in the summer of 2016. Kerem Demirbay scored six goals, while providing ten assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign.
Demirbay, who was born in Herten, Germany on July 3, 1993 is an attacking midfielder, but he is used as both central and right midfielder as well. The Hoffenheim ace played international youth football for Turkey, but he decided to represent Germany at senior level. Kerem Demirbay made his debut for Germany in a friendly against Denmark on June 6, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.