Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Real Madrid vs Dortmund Preview, Possible Lineups + Other Today's UCL Fixtures

The Group H of 2017/18 UEFA Champions League is done and dusted with Real Madrid poised to finish second and Dortmund eliminated with their respective results on matchday 5.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 6th December 2017
Kick-Off Time: 20:45 - Nigerian Time
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).

As far as moving on is concerned, Real Madrid have progressed as expected.  However, they have not won the group and have never really looked like they would win it, either.

Yet, there should be no panic. They still have 10 points from five matches in a very tough group. 

Also a fact to keep in mind is that they finished second in their group last season only to end up winning the whole competition.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are left to scramble for a spot in the Europa League.

The Bundesliga side have something else to play for as they are in a tough tussle with APOEL Nicosia for a place in the Europa League knock-outs.

BVB managed just 2 points from their 5 matches so far with both coming via draws against Apoel by the same 1-1 ft score-line.

Therefore, they need to equal or better the result of the Cypriots to achieve the same.

Real Madrid sit three points behind Tottenham, but they cannot go top of the table even with a win on matchday 6.

TEAM NEWS

Real Madrid - Manager Zinedine Zidane will be without right back Dani Carvajal due to suspension.  Winger Marco Asensio is also out with an injury, but Sergio Ramos is likely to be a go after receiving a red card and a suspension ahead of El Clasico.

Borussia Dortmund - Coach Peter Bosz has a whole raft of injury problems.Winger Max Philipp and midfielder Gonzalo Castro have now been added to the likes of right backs Erik Durm and Lukasz Piszczek, wingers Marco Reus and Jacob Laursen, and center midfielders Sebastian Rode and Mario Gotze.Versatile defender Jeremy Toljan will miss out with a suspension. 

TEAM FORMS

Real have three draws and two wins in their last five matches.

BVB have two draws, two losses, and a win in their last five matches.

PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Hakimi, Ramos, Vallejo, Theo; Kovacic, Ceballos, Llorente; Mayoral, Vazquez, Oscar Rodriguez

Borussia Dortmund ( 3-4-3): Burki; Sokratis, Subotic, Toprak; Schmelzer, Dahoud, Weigl, Guerreiro; Yarmolenko, Schurrle, Aubameyang

KEY STATS:
  • Real Madrid and Dortmund have a storied history of 12 matches in European competition so far.
  • The Spaniards have five wins, four draws, and three losses to Dortmund in those games. 
  • With the 3-1 win at the Signal Iduna Park on matchday 2, Madrid stretched their unbeaten run against Dortmund to 5 games, 3 wins and 2 draws.
  • BVB were unbeaten in five previous meetings with same stats.
  • Eight of the last 11 games between the sides saw both teams scoring and 7 of those registered over 2.5 goals.
  • Dortmund haven’t won an away game at Madrid, 2 draws and 4 losses from 6.
  • Also, they have a poor overall record in Spain with the 12 visits producing 1 win, 5 draws and 6 losses.
  • The Blancos have a solid home record against German sides, 23 wins from 31 games, 5 draws and 3 losses.
PREDICTION:

Real 2-0 BVB - All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored in all five group games so far. He can set a new record by getting his name on the score-sheet on Tuesday by becoming the first player to net in all six Champions League group games of a single season.

This match could go one of two ways.  It could be similar to Dortmund's 8-4 win against Legia Warsaw last season, or it could be a very tight and tense affair with neither side playing particularly hard. But at the end, Madrid will triumph.
 
TODAY'S UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES IN FULL

20:45  —   Liverpool VS Spartak Moscow

20:45  —   Maribor VS Sevilla

20:45  —   Feyenoord VS SSC Napoli

20:45  —   Shakhtar Donetsk VS Manchester City

20:45  —   FC Porto VS Monaco

20:45  —   RasenBallsport Leipzig VS Besiktas

20:45  —   Real Madrid VS Borussia Dortmund

20:45  —   Tottenham Hotspur VS APOEL Nicosia

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