Borussia Dortmund in need of CL boost against Galatasaray
Borussia Dortmund (odds-on 1/4 favourites with Coral to win) will be relishing Galatasaray’s visit to the Westfalenstadion, not least because in the reverse, Jurgen Klopp’s men demolished their Turkish rivals, romping to four goals without reply (a scoreline they are 11/1 to repeat).
The German giants are, however, also in desperate need of a morale-boosting victory, after sliding into the Bundesliga relegation zone. Whilst Klopp and co are currently struggling in their domestic league, with just seven points from 10 games, their form in Europe could not provide more of a contrast.
Dortmund have, in fact, dazzled on the continent so far with three wins on the bounce, including victory over Premier League giants Arsenal, to top Group D. If Klopp’s club can triumph against their Turkish visitors once again, their safe passage to the last 16 will be confirmed.
The hosts suffered yet another defeat to bitter rivals Bayern Munich, who are arguably a significant contributing factor to Dortmund’s domestic downfall, last time out but, without the Bavarians breathing down their necks, Borussia are proving to be a force in Europe.
Yet to concede a goal in three Champions League games, and after netting nine times themselves, Dortmund are 9/4 to score four or more and evens to keep a clean sheet.
In a significant blow, centre back and skipper Matt Hummels will not be available, and is likely be replaced by Neven Subotic. After the substantial loss of Polish poacher Robert Lewandowski, however, Dortmund’s replacement forwards have impressed, at least against European opposition.
Italy international Ciro Immobile has two goals from three Champions League games, making him 3/1 to fire home first, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adrian Ramos have both bagged European braces this term, and are 3/1 and 6/1 to score two or more respectively.
Wing wizard Marco Reus (4/1 to net last), publicly coveted by Bayern, provided a goal and an assist at the Turk Telecom Arena, and appears to be hitting top gear after recently returning from injury.
From bottom-dwellers to league high-fliers, Galatasaray coach Cesare Prandelli will be keen to halt Dortmund’s progression to the next round. However, the Italian tactician’s own chances of seeing his side qualify from their pool now seem slim.
The Turkish giants are bottom of Group D, but despite leaking nine goals in their three Champions League outings, have shown they have the ability to fight back. Prandelli’s side came from 1-0 down to defeat Kasimpasa last time out in the league, but Dortmund are a different kettle of fish.
Galatasaray struggled to cope with their German counterparts’ pace, verve and panache in their previous encounter, but do boast a potent poacher in Burak Yilmaz. The Turkey striker is 10/3 to score anytime after bagging his team’s only goal of the competition so far, while star man Wesley Sneijder is also 14/1 to be on target last and stun Dortmund at home.