Three reasons why Borussia Dortmund will beat Arsenal again
Arsenal bounced back from two cup defeats in seven days with a win at home to Liverpool last time out in the Premier League, but all known form points to another loss when they visit Borussia Dortmund.
Coral offer top price at 8/11 that the Bundesliga giants grab their eighth home win in a row in all competitions and Robert Lewandowski – who fired home the decider in his side’s 2-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates – is 10/11 to score his 13th goal of the campaign for Dortmund.
Dortmund have won all of their home matches this season
The last time BVB were on the end of a negative result at the Westfalenstadion was the final week of the 2012/13 Bundesliga campaign, when they had nothing left to play for domestically and a Champions League final around the corner.
That 2-1 loss against Hoffenheim ended a run of eight wins and a draw on their own turf and Dortmund have been even more clinical at home this term.
They have relentlessly pursued Pep Guardiola’s formidable Bundesliga-leading Bayern Munich side and have matched Die Roten’s home record of six wins out of six.
Klopp’s charges have been no less impressive when hosting in the Champions League, winning all six of their home games since the start of last season and beating Real Madrid twice during that run.
All three of Arsenal’s losses this term have occurred without Mathieu Flamini in the team
Arsene Wenger’s squad is so blessed with midfield talent that England star Jack Wilshere is no longer guaranteed a starting spot at the Emirates when fit.
Re-signing Flamini on a free transfer in August was a masterstroke from Wenger and the French spoiler has made a massive difference for Arsenal in the middle of the park, with his metronomic passing and vital interceptions.
The 29-year-old was not signed in time to face Aston Villa in the Gunners’ Premier League opening-day loss to Paul Lambert’s side and missed Arsenal’s recent defeats at home to Dortmund and Chelsea due to injury.
He will be a big loss again tonight, with Aaron Ramsey – who was at least partly at fault for Dortmund’s first goal at the Emirates – expected to lineup alongside Mikel Arteta in Flamini’s place.
The home side have never lost a Champions League match in Dortmund against an English team
Since beating Manchester United 1-0 in the semi-final of the continent’s elite club competition back in 1997, the Black and Yellows have had an excellent record against the best the Premier League has to offer at the Westfalenstadion.
BVB have won three and drawn two of their five home matches against English teams in the Champions League, which includes a win and a draw against their north London opponents.
Julian Schieber’s 57th-minute goal put paid to Man City’s European dreams last season and Klopp’s men can strike another blow for the Bundesliga against the Premier League-leaders with an 8/11 win here.