Leverkusen's Lars Bender (l.) and Dortmund's Ilkay Gündogan (r.) will have key roles to play for their sides in Sunday's showdown at the BayArena
Leverkusen's Lars Bender (l.) and Dortmund's Ilkay Gündogan (r.) will have key roles to play for their sides in Sunday's showdown at the BayArena
Bundesliga

Leverkusen vs. Dortmund: A tactical analysis

Munich - The standout game of Matchday 20 is undoubtedly Sunday evening’s clash at the BayArena, where Bayer 04 Leverkusen host defending champions Borussia Dortmund.

Both unbeaten in 2013

Second and third in the Bundesliga table respectively, the game pits two of German football’s heavyweights up against one another, and victory is imperative for both in terms of keeping pace with leaders FC Bayern Munich and cementing their respective UEFA Champions League aspirations.

The two sides go into the match unbeaten in 2013, having laid the foundations for a successful campaign in the Hinrunde. Something has to give in this one - and gaining the edge in the clash of two intriguingly different tactical systems will of course be pivotal to success for either.