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BVB to challenge the champions

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Borussia Dortmund have taken four wins and one draw (0-0 in the reverse fixture) from their last six matches against Leverkusen and could be the first club to end Bayer's unbeaten streak. We have compiled everything you need to know about the clash at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK at 17:30 CEST on Sunday into the usual compact format.

The scenario: Fifth against first. Leverkusen have been confirmed as German champions since last weekend, while BVB are battling for fourth spot and qualification for the UEFA Champions League with Leipzig, who are level on points and have an away game in Heidenheim. Borussia have won seven of their last eight home matches against Bayer.

Home/away: BVB have dropped points in six of their 14 Bundesliga home games to date and have also scored significantly fewer goals compared to the same stage of last season (27 rather than 42). The Werkself have won 12 of their 14 away matches and the last seven on the bounce (club record).

Statistics: Borussia Dortmund have won five of their last six competitive games but have now already drawn more matches (eight) than they did in the entirety of last season (five draws). Leverkusen are still unbeaten. Their most recent defeat to date was by a 3-0 scoreline in Bochum on 27/5/2023 (Matchday 34 of the 2022/23 season).

Head-to-head record: Up until the 2021/22 season, Borussia Dortmund had claimed six home wins in a row against Bayer and always scored at least three goals in the process (3-0, 6-2, 4-0, 3-2, 4-0 and 3-1). That has been followed by a 5-2 defeat and a 1-0 victory. Bayer have taken only one point in total from their last three Bundesliga games against Borussia and have historically only lost more often (52 times) and conceded more goals (173) to FC Bayern Munich than they have to BVB (36 defeats and 146 goals conceded). Borussia have never lost a home game against Leverkusen after taking the lead.

Biggest home win: BVB ran out 6-2 winners on 4 March 2017 thanks to goals from Ousmane Dembélé (6), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (26/70), Christian Pulisic (77), André Schürrle (pen., 85) and Raphael Guerreiro (90+2). Kevin Volland and Wendell scored for Bayer. The last time there was a four-goal difference was on 14 September 2019 in a 4-0 victory that came courtesy of goals from Marco Reus (50/90), Paco Alcácer (28) and Raphael Guerreiro (83).
Compiled by Boris Rupert