Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 6 December 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Real Madrid hadn’t scored more than two goals away from home since late September, when they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in Germany, but two weeks ago, when they visited APOEL Nicosia, I backed them to win in a game that would have at least four goals, this was at 1.95, and they delivered, thrashing the Cypriot side 6-0. Two goalless draws in the last three game weeks in Spain’s LaLiga, including one just last weekend at Athletic Bilbao, have created a rather… unpleasant atmosphere around the team, but Zinedine Zidane keeps saying that when it really matters, the team will rise to the occasion. They are in the last 16 of the Champions League regardless of what they do against Borussia, same way they already know that they will qualify as second, behind Tottenham. In LaLiga, they are 4th, eight points behind leaders Barcelona.
From running wild in the Bundesliga for weeks, at the start of the season, being tipped to rival Bayern Munich for the title, Borussia Dortmund have gone to being labeled one of the disappointments of the season, no matter if it’s still December. In their Champions League group they are eight whole points behind second-placed Real Madrid, and the only reason they are third and not fourth, despite being level on points with APOEL Nicosia, is that they have a better overall goal difference. They drew 1-1 in Cyprus, they drew 1-1 at home as well, but they are at -5 in all their five group matches, while APOEL are at -12. If they lose, which is the most probable, and APOEL perform a miracle in London and get a point there, from Tottenham, Dortmund won’t even be in the Europa League in February. As for the Bundesliga, they have fallen 6th(!), 10 whole points behind leaders Bayern. Two weeks ago, when they hosted Tottenham, my two tips were Tottenham’s double chance (1.72) and Tottenham’s win in “draw no bet” (2.25), and both came good, as Spurs won 2-1.
Previous five matches:
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid 0-0
Real Madrid vs Fuenlabrada 2-2
Real Madrid vs Malaga 3-2
APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid 0-6
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid 0-0
Leverkusen vs Borussia Dortmund 1-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 4-4
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham 1-2
Stuttgart vs Borussia Dortmund 2-1
Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich 1-3
Real Madrid’s next game is on Saturday, again at home, versus Sevilla (Spain LaLiga). Same day, Dortmund will be hosting Werder Bremen (Germany Bundesliga).
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund: Head to head Stats
Real Madrid have hosted Borussia six times in the past, winning four of those games, and drawing in the other two. Total goals, 13 for Real Madrid, five for Borussia.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund: Prediction
This is Real Madrid’s chance to… entertain, and help improve the… atmosphere around the team, after their latest poor results in their domestic competitions. I expect them to win, and the game to have several goals.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund: Betting Tips
A simple Real Madrid win pays 1.44. Combined with “over 2.5 goals” this goes up to 1.75. Pushing it a bit, “Real Madrid and over 3.5 goals” pays 2.45.
More UEFA Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Celtic vs Anderlecht
- Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid
- Roma vs Qarabag
- Barcelona vs Sporting
- Benfica vs Basel
- Maribor vs Sevilla
- Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow
- Feyenoord vs Napoli
- Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City
- RB Leipzig vs Besiktas
- Porto vs Monaco
- Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
- Tottenham vs APOEL Nicosia