The Champions League is back and it is going to be sensational. The quarter-finals will be starting from today onwards, with every fixture being a mouth-watering one. Out of those, Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund is one to keep an eye out for. City will be hosting Dortmund for the 1st leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are in great form. They currently lead the Premier League table with a comfortable lead of 14 points from their closest rival Manchester United.
Borussia Dortmund, however, will be looking to forget their current displays. They are sitting 5th in the Bundesliga table, and a Champions League spot for next season looks bleak. They are 7 points behind 4th placed Eintracht Frankfurt with 7 fixures left to be played.
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Preview:
The hosts will definitely be the favorites heading into the fixture. The Cityzens are on an incredible winning streak that went for 21 games, they not only took the top spot but have also taken a healthy lead in the Premier League with a 3rd League title under Pep Guardiola looking clear.
They are currently alive in every competition and can become the first English side to win the quadruple if they manage to win every competition. In the Champions League, they had an easy journey so far. They dominated the group stages and ended as the leaders.
In the Round of 16, they effortlessly cleared off Borussia Monchengladbach with an aggregate score of 4-0. They will now face another German club, who are a little tougher side because of the presence of Erling Haaland. They will also look to break the curse of crossing this stage which they have never been able to do so far.
Borussia Dortmund have a talented squad, but their recent results will have hampered their preparations for the big week. In the pre-quarters, they faced Sevilla and delivered an exciting match in which the German side won 5-4 on aggregate.
They have been inconsistent throughout, however, their 2-1 loss to Frankfurt on Saturday will disrupt their concentration as they head into Manchester. All their hopes will lie on their goal-scoring machine, Haaland, who will be playing where his father once used to play.
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Team News:
On top of having a strong side, City have also been blessed with a completely fit squad. The only player who has the chance of not featuring on the night is the player who will be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season, Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian has been injury-struck this season and has struggled to regain full fitness.
Other than that, they have no worries. However, few players are at the risk of missing the next reverse fixture. Joao Cancelo and Fernandinho are at risk if they concede a yellow card.
For The Black and Yellows, they will be without their star winger, Jadon Sancho, who previously played for City as he picked up an injury. Dan-Axel Zagadou and Axel Witsel are the other 2 who have joined Sancho with injuries. Erling Haaland will also miss the reverse fixture if he gets a yellow on Wednesday.
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
Manchester City’s predicted line-up:
Borussia Dortmund’s predicted line-up:
We predict a scoreline that will be favoring the hosts. Manchester City have been the superior side and heading into the match, they will be looking no less. Borussia Dortmund’s poor run has made it difficult to hope, but as long as Erling Haaland is there, nothing can be said.
Prediction : Manchester City 3-2 Borussia Dortmund.
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