Prediction and odds for the game: Dortmund (15/4) vs Manchester City (8/13)
We are backing Manchester City half-time/full-time at odds of 7/5
When: Wednesday, 14th April 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: Signal Iduna Park
On Wednesday night, Dortmund and Manchester City go head-to-head at Signal Iduna Park in the Champions League quarter-final second leg. The first leg ended 2-1 to City, but the away goal for BVB at least gives Edin Terzic’s side a chance of progress.
BVB are enduring a season to forget at home, as they are currently fifth-place in the Bundesliga, seven points adrift of the Champions League spots. Their form this season has simply not been good enough to mount a title challenge this season.
A recent run of form of just one win in their last four games in all competitions illustrates Dortmund’s struggles this season. A 3-2 win at Stuttgart last time out ended a three-game winless. That run included the first leg defeat.
The defeat in the reverse fixture ended a seven-game unbeaten run for Dortmund in European football’s elite competition. BVB have in fact recorded five wins in their last eight matches in the Champions League, which is a respectable record considering that the home side have not had a great campaign.
The Citizens suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against ten-man Leeds United last time out. However, Pep Guardiola decided to rest several key players for the game ahead of this vital clash, as with the Premier League title all-but sealed, City will now be concentrating on winning their holy grail of the Champions League.
It remains to be seen if the defeat last time out will affect City’s momentum, as the men from Manchester had won their previous six competitive games while scoring at least two goals in each of the victories.
Guardiola’s team have a formidable recent record in the Champions League, as they are unbeaten in nine matches in European football’s elite competition, winning eight games in the process. City have also lost just one of their last 19 matches in the competitions while recording 15 wins.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their previous eight away games in the Champions League, recording six wins in the run. One of the main factors in the Citizen’s recent good results away from home has been their defensive solidity, as the visitors have not kept a clean sheet in their last four away matches in Europe.
Winning the Champions League is fast becoming Dortmund’s only chance of making it back into the competition for next season. However, BVB will find it tough against City, who will have some key players fully rested after the weekend.
The away win offers poor odds, so we are backing Manchester City to be winning at half-time and full-time. We are also backing Ilkay Gundogan to be an anytime goalscorer against his old club, as the Germany international has been in good goalscoring form of late.
Verdict: We are backing Manchester City half-time/full-time at odds of 7/5 and/or Ilkay Gundogan to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 13/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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