Leverkusen out to punish wounded BVB
Bayer Leverkusen will be expected to stretch their eight-game unbeaten Bundesliga run today when they host an out-of-form Borussia Dortmund, whose coach Peter Bosz is likely to face the axe with another defeat.
Leverkusen have four wins and as many draws in their last eight league matches, a run that has enabled them to quietly climb the table up into sixth place on 20 points, one behind a freefalling Dortmund.
The team, coached by former Dortmund stalwart Heiko Herrlich, have gradually grown in confidence after a slow start to the campaign, with striker Kevin Volland netting in all three matches in November to take his league tally to eight. Germany international Volland, who scored just six league goals last season, does not need any extra motivation to perform as he battles to earn a place in the squad for next year’s World Cup in Russia. “We have shown this season that if we stay focused over 90 minutes and keep stepping on the gas then we can beat any opponent,” Volland said. “But we need to keep working on our consistency.” Herrlich must be relishing the timing of their clash against his former team, with the Ruhr valley club in complete disarray and their last league win coming back in September.