Champions League: Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund match preview
A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture at the Etihad Stadium
Wednesday 03 October 2012
Fresh off their comeback against Fulham at the weekend, Manchester City will be looking to keep up their impressive home form when Borussia Dortmund come to visit.
Scorer of Saturday’s winner over Fulham, Edin Dzeko, will be hoping for a starting berth after scoring six times as a substitute this season. The Bosnian has form against Dortmund, scoring against them in a 1-1 draw for Wolfsburg in May 2010.
Dortmund warmed up for Wednesday’s clash with 5-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach with star man Marco Reus netting a brace. The German champions will want a similarly clinical performance to keep their momentum going and put themselves in a good position to qualify from the so-called ‘Group of Death’.
Both teams fell short of expectations in Europe last season but more than made up for it in their domestic campaigns. With Real Madrid favourites to top the group, it is expected that one of these two sides will finish as runners-up so both sides will be looking to dent their rivals’ hopes of progression.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
This will be the first ever meeting between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. The Sky Blues have shipped 17 goals in nine games this term.
City have gone 17 European matches unbeaten at home.
Borussia Dortmund lost all three of their away fixtures in last season's Champions League, including a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.
Mancini's men have failed to win both of their last two games at home. It has been two years since Man City last went three games without a home win.
Manchester City to win: 1.85
Borussia Dortmund to win: 4.20
TV: Live on Sky Sports 2 at 7.45pm, highlights on Sky Sports 2 at 10pm.
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