Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Info
Date: August 24th 2019
Kick-off time: 2.30pm BST
Venue: Merkur Spiel-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Head to Head
Last three meetings:
30 Mar 2013 – Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen – Bundesliga
26 Sept 2018 – Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-2 Bayer Leverkusen – Bundesliga
17 Feb 2019 – Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf – Bundesliga
Full head-to-head record:
Matches played: 31
Fortuna Dusseldorf wins: 7
Bayer Leverkusen wins: 12
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Stats
- Fortuna looked fantastic last weekend as they won 3-1 in Bremen
- Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey was Man of the Match vs Bundesliga new boys Paderborn
- This will be the 32nd meeting between these local rivals
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Match Preview
Fortuna entered last weekend’s opening game against Werder Bremen as clear underdogs but, thanks to a superb showing from on-loan American keeper Zack Steffen, they came out of a tricky away game with a 3-1 win. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend, with Champions League hopefuls Leverkusen making the short journey for this derby contest.
“Die Flingeraner” are facing their first home game of the new season, having also won on the road in the DFB-Pokal against Villingen the previous weekend. We’ll see how their counter-attacking approach, built around promising Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker, fares when they’re the hosts against local rivals, and will be expected to venture forward more often.
For Leverkusen, Week One of the Bundesliga was a tad more trying. Against newly-promoted Paderborn they took the lead twice early on, only to be pegged back each time in a game that was 2-2 after 25 minutes. Star striker Kevin Volland finally put them ahead for good in the 69th minute, but boss Peter Bosz will be more concerned with a chaotic defensive display.
There are no such worries about “die Werkself” going forward, it must be said, as their first two competitive games have seen them score seven goals. They’ll show up in Dusseldorf on the back of wins against Paderborn and Alemania Aachen (1-4), and with Volland, Bailey and versatile midfielder Kai Havertz in their starting XI, will be confident of scoring.
Judging on recent form, the sides will be hard to separate, and this one could easily end up all-square. There’s definite value inWilliam Hill‘s odds of a Draw with Both Teams To Score at 17/5, particularly with the derby nature of this game making it likely to be ninety minutes of end-to-end action.
As for who will get those goals, Volland and Havertz are both priced too short to be attractive, but home star Rouwen Hemmings, who was on the scoresheet against Bremen, is rated at 13/5 to notch again here, odds that look all the more intriguing given the sieve-like nature of the visiting back four last week.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tips
Draw & BTTS @ 17/5 with William Hill
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