Thursday, May 23, 2024

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City

Verdict: Erling Haaland to score anytime

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

Already punching their Champions League knockout stage ticket with time to spare, Manchester City will make the trip to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

Borussia Dortmund

Starting with the hosts, managing to pick up a much-welcomed victory on Bundesliga duties over the weekend, Borussia Dortmund will be desperate to build off of that display. Eventually cruising their way to a 5-0 romp at home against Stuttgart, that was the first Bundesliga victory that the German giants have recorded from their last four domestic showdowns. Likewise, showing some extended issues at the back on either side of September’s international break, Edin Terzic will know that his side faces a huge challenge on Tuesday night. Hit with a 2-1 loss away at the Etihad last month, Dortmund also hold a worrying record against the reigning Premier League champions. In fact, the one-time West Ham coach has seen his side lose each of their previous three meetings against City by a 2-1 scoreline.

Team News

Limping off against Stuttgart over the weekend with a suspected calf strain, Borussia Dortmund look set to be without Nico Schlotterbeck on Tuesday night. Likewise, the midweek hosts will also be missing the likes of Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Thomas Meunier, Mateu Morey and Mahmoud Dahoud here.

However, in what could be a timely boost for BVB, Terzic is hopeful that the duo of Marco Reus and Donyell Malen will be able to make their return from respective injury issues.

Manchester City

As for the visitors, while Manchester City might have been frustrated by their controversial 1-0 loss away at Liverpool earlier in the month, the Sky Blues found an immediate response a few days ago. Picking up a 3-1 victory at home against Brighton while on Premier League duties, Pep Guardiola’s heavyweights are tipped as a standout pick to defend their domestic crown this season. Suffering just a single defeat since opening the 2022/23 campaign, the former Bayern Munich boss has also seen his side punch their knockout stage ticket with time to spare. Continuing to shine in the final third, fans around the Etihad will be calling on their new attacking talisman to spearhead their charge on Tuesday night. Once again bagging a brace against Brighton over the weekend, ex-Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has already notched 22 strikes across all formats.

Team News

Shown a straight red card against Copenhagen earlier in the month, Sergio Gomez will miss out on Tuesday night as he starts a suspension. Likewise, England internationals Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are also still dealing with long-term injury issues and will not travel.

Handed a rest in Manchester City’s 3-1 victory against Brighton over the weekend, Ilkay Gundogan should return here and join Kevin De Bruyne in Guardiola’s midfield.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last faced off back on September 14th, Manchester City picked up a 2-1 victory at the Etihad.
    • Likewise, the Sky Blues have won each of their last three Champions League meetings against Dortmund by a 2-1 scoreline.
    • Striking sensation Erling Haaland has already notched 22 strikes in his opening 16 appearances across all competitions.
    • Borussia Dortmund’s 5-0 win against Stuttgart over the weekend was their first Bundesliga victory in their last four attempts.
    • Tuesday’s have recorded just a trio of clean sheets in their last 16 Champions League appearances.

    Conclusion

    Making an immediate return to winning ways over the weekend with a 3-1 victory at home against Brighton, Manchester City will simply be looking to lay down another marker here. Already booking their knockout stage ticket, Guardiola’s heavyweights also have one attacking talisman who is enjoying a remarkable free-scoring run. Once again bagging a brace against the Seagulls a few days ago, Haaland will be looking to extend on his record-breaking tally back on his old stomping ground. Already notching 22 strikes across all competitions since making the move from rural Germany over the summer, Dortmund will know that they face a tough task on Tuesday. Mustering just a trio of clean sheets in any of their last 16 Champions League appearances, we’re backing Haaland to enjoy another fruitful night at Signal Iduna Park.

    Verdict: Erling Haaland to score anytime

    Best Odds: 8/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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