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Champions League: Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Preview

Real Madrid will be hoping a change of competition will lead to a change of fortune as Zinedine Zidane’s stuttering side take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid vs Dortmund
Champions League Group stage
When: today, 9:45 PM
Where: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Prediction : Dortmund +0.0 (-115).

Madrid started the season in style, extending their winning run in La Liga from last term to a club-record 16 successive wins as well as lifting the UEFA Super Cup and beating Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League opener.

They needed two goals right at the death to turn defeat into victory against Sporting at the Bernabeu, were held 1-1 at home by Villarreal last Wednesday and then dropped two more points at newly-promoted Las Palmas at the weekend.

Madrid twice failed to hold on to leads in their latest match and saw their advantage at the top of La Liga slashed to one point as a result.

Talisman Cristiano Ronaldo also looked far from impressed at being substituted with 18 minutes to go in Gran Canaria, but he and Madrid will now be hoping to take any frustrations out on Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.

The visitors will be without Brazilian pair Marcelo and Casemiro, the latter of which will not be back for a few months following a fracture to his fibula. The calf strain that will keep out Marcelo has presented an opportunity for Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao to return to the side following a year-long loan at Monaco.

European Championship winner and hard man Pepe returns to the squad, his absence made apparent by the succession of shaky moments shown by the Ramos-Varane centre half partnership in their last two league slip-ups.

Madrid boss Zidane has named a 22-man squad for the match, with full-back Fabio Coentrao available for the first time since April after suffering an injury while on loan at Monaco. Brazilian duo Marcelo and Casemiro are absent.

Former Dortmund defender Jurgen Kohler does not believe that will happen, though. He has warned Madrid – who have won only four times in 29 matches away to German sides down the years – they should brace themselves to return to Spain empty-handed.

Dortmund were without Spanish centre half Marc Bartra and Colombian forward Adrian Ramos in their 3-1 win over Freiburg, but the pair returned to training on Monday and will be hoping they have done enough to convince manager Thomas Tuchel for a spot in the side. In-form striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored six goals in seven games this season, but goes into Tuesday night’s contest with some doubts over his involvement.
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Aubameyang ended the win over Freiburg with a painful knock to his foot, and sat out of a subsequent training session as a result. The club announced such a decision was made as a ‘precautionary measure’, before the striker himself spoke with the club’s official TV channel to ensure that the injury was ‘not that bad’. He also took part in training on Monday, as did World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, who has missed the last few games with a knee injury.

Kohler added: “Dortmund are in good form and they play very aggressively. They have players on the bench who give them a lot of pace and can sprint a lot and you need that in football nowadays if you want to be successful.”

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is still missing Marco Reus, Neven Subotic and Erik Durm and is also expected to be without former Barcelona defender Marc Bartra again, with Matthias Ginter deputising at centre-back and Julian Weigl holding things together in front of the defence.

Prediction

A narrow win for the home side. They’re playing some exciting football at the moment and will be backed by their home support. With questions looming over Real Madrid’s cohesion and some key exclusions to the side, it’s hard to see them getting more than a draw out of this game. Their quality is undoubted, they are the defending champions for a reason, but this fixture might just have come at the wrong time.

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