Preview: Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund

Bayer 04 Leverkusen will be hoping Javier Hernandez can come up with the goods again when they welcome Borussia Dortmund to the BayArena on Saturday evening.

1/2 October 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 local/00:30 HKT

Venue: BayArena

Referee: M. Grafe
Assistants: G. Kleve, M. Sinn
Fourth official: A. Jablonkski

Head-to-head summary:

Leverkusen 74 26 21 27
Dortmund 74 27 21 26

Previous encounter:

Leverkusen 0-1 Dortmund 21/02/16 (Bundesliga)

Dortmund goalscorers: P. Aubameyang (64′)

Players to watch:

The clash will be a case of who’s more clinical in front of goal between ‘Chicharito’ and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in this weekend’s stand-out fixture.

Hernandez was in scintillating form last weekend, grabbing all the plaudits as he inspired Die Werkself to a 3-2 win over Mainz with a superb hat-trick.

Bayer head coach Roger Schmidt will need the Mexico international at his clinical best again on Saturday, but it will be anything but straightforward against a Dortmund side who have won three on the bounce in the Bundesliga, scoring 14 goals in the process.

Aubameyang has scored 59 goals in his first 100 games for BVB, four more than Robert Lewandowski managed to achieve in the same time at the club.

Team form and manager quotes:

Dortmund haven’t lost in Leverkusen since May 2007 and Schmidt will be hoping to end the nine-year record, despite his side only managing seven out of 15 possible points this season.

“Dortmund has strengthened themselves well. We must be highly concentrated in our defense if we want to be successful,” he said.

“We have every possibility to win with our fans standing behind us. This is our goal.”

Thomas Tuchel’s men come into the fixture full of confidence after their 2-2 draw in the Champions League against holders Real Madrid and with four wins from their opening five league games.

Tuchel has his new young side up and running as the most dangerous attacking teams in the league – whom he hopes can cope with the seventh game in the last 22 days.

“It’s going to be another difficult test for us at the end of an intense period,” he said in the pre-match press conference. “We have played the highest intensity possible.

“It’s seems like a really long time when you don’t have a match from Tuesday until Saturday evening.”

Team news:

Erik Durm, Neven Subotic, Marco Reus, Sven Bender, Marc Bartra, André Schürrle and Adrian Ramos are all unavailable for selection for Tuchel.

Forwards Joel Pohjanpalo and Karim Bellarabi are the only two notable long-term absentees for the hosts.