Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
7th December, 19:45 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
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Real Madrid Team News & Preview
Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday, and both sides will be looking to qualify for the knockout rounds as the group winners.
Real Madrid are two points behind Borussia Dortmund, and a win here could take them to first place. Los Blancos have a very good recent record against the German outfit and have won three of their last four home meetings against them.
Furthermore, they are in great form right now and are firm favourites in the La Liga title race, as well. Los Blancos have done well in the big games recently, having beaten Atlético Madrid, and holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw during their last outing.
Real Madrid are likely to be without the trio of Toni Kroos, Alvaro Morata, and Gareth Bale for this game. Morata and Kroos returned to training this week, but the duo are lacking in match fitness and are expected to miss out.
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema, James
Borussia Dortmund Team News & Preview
Dortmund have struggled against Real Madrid away from home and have a massive challenge ahead of them this week.
Thomas Tuchel‘s men are going through a rough patch right now and will need to improve significantly in order to defeat the Spanish giants. Dortmund have won just two of their last five competitive games away from home and are lacking in confidence right now.
However, matches between these two sides are often open and packed with goals. In the end, it might come down to which side can defend better and concede the least number of goals. Both teams have a fantastic set of attackers and are likely to score.
Mario Gotze joins Roman Burki and Sven Bender on the sidelines with an injury. Neven Subotic has been out for a while and will miss out, too. Marcel Schmelzer, Raphael Guerreiro, and Erik Durm are doubts for tomorrow’s game and will be assessed closer to kick-off.
Predicted Borussia Dortmund Starting Lineup (4-1-4-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartram Passlack; Weigl; Dembele, Castro, Kagawa, Reus; Aubameyang
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Key Stats
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 9 matches in the UEFA Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund have won their last 3 matches in the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 home matches against Borussia Dortmund in all competitions. They have also scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches in the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Tips
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Real Madrid’s last 5 games in the UEFA Champions League. Over 2.5 goals (4/9) seem likely here.
Borussia Dortmund have been winning at both half-time and full-time in their last 3 matches in the UEFA Champions League. Bet on them to win both halves at 13/1.
Real Madrid have a very good home record against Dortmund and are 17/20 to win the game.
Both teams have an outstanding attack and have been scoring freely at times this season. Get both teams to score at 4/9.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
This should be a fascinating contest between two very good footballing sides. Both teams will be eyeing a victory here and an open game is expected.
Whichever side can defend better is likely to win the game. Dortmund are a weaker side and are going through a rough patch right now. The home side should be able to edge this one.
Real Madrid 3-1 Dortmund