Lev­erkusen out to pun­ish wounded BVB

Weekly Trust - - Shot! -

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.

Kevin Vol­land

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