Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid – Westfalenstadion at 19:45 live on BT Sport ESPN
What a tie to take place in the group stages of the Champions League! A rich history between these two clubs, and I reckon I can find some profit for this Asian Handicap betting preview, as the match takes place on Tuesday night at the Westfalenstadion.
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What can you say about Borussia Dortmund? Sitting second in the Bundesliga they are flying having scored 20 goals in their last four fixtures in all competitions. Crazy. Furthermore, their last game finished in a 3-1 win at home to Freiburg; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring his fifth goal in four matches for the club.
If there was ever a time for Dortmund to push on for the title, it is now. Yet, they will want to leave a stamp on European Football having gotne so close to winning the Champions League a couple of years ago. Everyone remembers that one; Wembley Stadium, the venue, with Bayern Munich clinching the win in stoppage time. Great match.
One player I cannot wait to see come up against Real Madrid is Aubameyang. I was surprised not to see another big club go in for the Gabonese striker, yet he has continued to deliver for BVB. Netting 39 goals in all competitions last season, I reckon it will be hard for Zidane to ignore this name.
Furthermore, the return of Mario Gotze from Bayern Munich has been a plus. The German put in a fine display in their opening Champions League tie against Legia Warsaw, winning 6-0. The only hope I have is that we see Marco Reus sometime soon.
If I remember correctly, Real Madrid messed me up in my last Asian Handicap betting preview, drawing at home to Villarreal 1-1 and failing to win 17 consecutive matches in La Liga. Unlucky not to set a new record.
I do not know whether this is a blip considering they drew 2-2 on the weekend away to Las Palmas.
On top of this, there has been some gossip that Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo have had a rift after the Portuguese star was substituted. The Frenchman was quick to come out and swat those headlines away.
Real Madrid’s common formation seems to be a 4-3-3, as Alvaro Morata led the line in the last match and it has to be asked whether Karim Benzema will get the nod ahead of the Spaniard. However, the key factors are whether both Gareth Bale and Ronaldo will start. There is no reason why they should not.
You have to look at the positives though and that is Zidane’s side still remain unbeaten since May in all competitions. Away from home they have only won five of their last ten in this competition.
The last time these two sides met in Dortmund, the hosts won 2-0. In fact, Real Madrid have won only once at Westfalenstadion on six visits.
Mark Clattenberg will be refereeing this one so expect some more Pepe antics to be ignored and not many cards to be issued. It will also be good to see whether Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel sticks with his 4-5-1 formation against the Spanish giants.
It is such a difficult one to call, but I am going for Borussia Dortmund to claw out a result against a Madrid side who are not exactly in the best of places at the moment.
Prices correct at time of writing.