Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid preview, betting tips and predictions: Los Blancos to limp to victory in GermanyPublished September 21, 2017
The draw @ 27/10 with Coral
Real Madrid to win with over 2.5 goals @ 9/5 with Coral
Real Madrid and BTTS @ 23/10 with Coral
Real Madrid have not enjoyed the best of times at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund in recent years. They probably still have nightmares about the 2013 Champions League semi final defeat, and the loss that almost sent them out in the knockout rounds a couple of years later. On paper, though, this one should go a little smoother.
Under Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos have developed into the super team they always wanted to be. They recently went on a staggering 73 game run of scoring every match, dating back all the way until their semi final against Manchester City in April 2016, yet kept the balance with a fantastic defence, marshalled by Casemiro in the middle of the pitch. Dortmund, too, have looked impressive in the Bundesliga, winning four and drawing one of their five games and topping the table. But the Spaniards’ failure to beat Levante and Valencia, before losing to Real Betis last week, has shown their shortcomings ahead of this game, whereas if Dortmund play like they did against Tottenham on Matchday 1, they could be in trouble.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, goals seem inevitable, and the odds on offer have got some real value in that department. Real Madrid eased past APOEL at the Santiago Bernabeu on opening night, scoring three goals. Despite domestic troubles in front of goal, particularly against Betis, they could easily repeat the trick, especially after Dortmund were so easily broken down by Spurs. But they did have chances after their goal at Wembley, with Aubameyang going close. Both sides excel on the counter attack, and an open game could lead to BTTS. An away win in those circumstances fee;s worth it at 23/10, but any draw at 27/10 is decent too, especially with Real suffering against solid teams, but more space will obviously suit them well.
Ronaldo is still finding his feet after returning from a five-match domestic ban against Betis. Real are now seven points behind Barcelona in LaLiga, so could use the Champions League as a way of recapturing their best form, while the hosts will be hoping they take their domestic performances into Europe.
Key battle: Dan-Axel Zagadou vs Gareth Bale
Dortmund’s undoing against Spurs came because they were caught short in wide positions, particularly down the left. Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane both scored from moves which weren’t cut out by Lukasz Piszczek at right-back. With Ronaldo going up against the Pole in this game, that is surely an area Zidane will look to target.
There is no guarantee Gareth Bale will start in this game with Marco Asensio set to return, but if he does, he will look to add another threat on the other wing for Dan-Axel Zagadou to manage. Dortmund are strong in midfield, meaning they may be able to go toe to toe with the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, but they simply cannot afford to succumb to wide play as easily as they did at Spurs, especially as both Ronaldo and Bale like to cut inside, affording Marcelo and Dani Carvajal room to overlap on the outside.