After a fascinating Tuesday of Champions League action, the final two quarter-final clashes will be played out this afternoon, to see who will join Chelsea and PSG in the semis a few weeks from now.
Our marquee featured showdown will see Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund battle Premier League-leading Manchester City in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.
Though Dortmund have struggled this season in the Bundesliga, optimism has presented itself via the Champions League, where they have fared quite well thus far. Though they lost a narrow match last week to City, they scored a vital away goal – and enter Wednesday with a great shot at advancing on their home turf.
Just a 1-0 score-line will see the German side through, and they enter riding a wave of confidence following a thrilling victory over Stuttgart this past weekend in the German league. Dortmund’s youth is rapidly improving, and though they’ve proven to be inconsistent at times, they’ve also proven to really raise their game for big moments. Against City on Wednesday, it’ll most certainly be a big moment.
For the Citizens, they suffered a shocking defeat in the Premier League on Saturday to Leeds United. City looked out of sorts, and really failed to generate much offense surprisingly. Manager Pep Guardiola has regularly tinkered with their lineup and tactics, seemingly resulting in confusion on the pitch. With little margin for error in the Champions League quarters, Man City will need a stellar showing to hold off a hard-charging Dortmund. This match should be fantastic, and produce excellent drama. Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for further analysis, team news, and a betting prediction for this marquee Wednesday matchup!
Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City Betting Odds:
Borussia Dortmund (+400)
Man City (-145)
Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City Pick:
With the exception of English star, Jadon Sancho – expect Dortmund to be able to field a fully healthy lineup against Man City on Wednesday. Trailing by a goal, there’s going to be a real expectation that they go for it, and push for offense – and yet you feel the pressure is firmly on Man City, after not winning by more last week.
Dortmund possesses excellent attack play and this style of match should be well-suited for them. Mats Hummels should solidify the defense, while Marco Reus and American youngster Gio Reyna will provide exemplary service for the game’s top scorer in Erling Haaland. The Norwegian striker is as prolific a scorer in football at the moment, and despite City’s strengths at the back – Haaland can and will trouble the City defense.
City will counter with a 4-1-4-1 formation, likely reverting to their strongest and most familiar side for this crucial encounter. Raheem Sterling will spearhead the attack, looking for dashing runs and to use his pace to keep the Dortmund defense on their heels. Meanwhile, City’s next four in attack form as lethal a quartet as you can find. With Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and Ilkay Gundogan at the helm – the City attack will have no shortage of creativity or passing ability. Dortmund will have a tall task keeping that foursome in check.
While Dortmund possesses a ton of amazing youth, they likely just aren’t ready to dethrone a team of City’s world-class quality just yet. Despite this match taking place in Germany, and Dortmund arguably entering the more in-form side, City have the experience to keep Haaland limited and isolated in attack, while themselves cracking down the Dortmund back-line. This is a patient and veteran-laden side, and expect another big outing from the Blues on Wednesday. At a short favourite price, expect City to notch another victory in Champions League action.