Prediction and odds for the game: Sevilla (5/4) vs Dortmund (21/10)
We are backing the home win
When: Wednesday, 17th February 2021, Kick-off 20:00
Where: The Sanchez Pizjuan
On Wednesday night, Sevilla and Dortmund go head-to-head in the first leg of the last-16 of the Champions League, in what could be a fascinating clash.
The Andalusians are enjoying a strong campaign under former Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui. Los Rojiblancos are currently fourth-place in La Liga, trailing league leaders Real Madrid by just four points, who are second in the table.
The home side has now recorded eight straight victories in all competitions, having kept an impressive seven straight clean sheets in the process. They haven’t been too shabby in attack either, scoring at least two goals in six of their last eight outings.
Sevilla have a strong recent record in the Champions League, as they have won four of their last five matches in the competition. They have also scored at least two goals in three of their last four matches in European football’s elite competition.
The Andalusians have an inconsistent recent record at the Sanchez Pizjuan in the Champions League. However, a record of just two wins in their last six matches on home soil is not a great one.
BVB have experienced a poor recent run of form, recording just one win in their last seven matches in all competitions. Their poor results have seen Edin Terzic’s side fall out of touch with the Bundesliga’s top-four. The team’s best players simply haven’t been performing to the best of their ability.
England winger Jadon Sancho at least seems to have hit form of late, scoring three goals in his last four competitive matches. However, it has been at the other end of the pitch where the visitors have had trouble. In fact, Dortmund have now conceded at least two goals in five of their last six outings. That defensive record doesn’t bode well for their trip to Andalusia.
Their recent form may have been poor, but BVB are unbeaten in five games in the Champions League, having recorded four wins in a relatively favourable group. Striker Erling Haaland has already scored six goals in four games in European football’s elite competition. The Norwegian will have to be on his game if the visitors are to break through the solid Sevilla defence.
Dortmund have won their last two away games in the Champions League but had lost their previous four European games on their travels.
Sevilla are the form side heading into this clash between two teams that have become a permanent fixture in European competitions in recent seasons. We are backing the home team to record a victory. Moroccan forward Youssef En-Nesyri has found his form in recent months and we are backing the 23-year-old to be an anytime goalscorer in this clash.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 5/4 and/or Youssef En-Nesyri to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 11/8 (All odds are taken from Bet365)
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