Dortmund hope to go one better!
After taking Europe by storm last year to reach the Champions League final at Wembley, Borussia Dortmund have their sights set on going one better as Europe’s premier club competition continues this week.
The domestic title race has long been decided in favour of Bayern Munich and most Dortmund fans would agree that their Bundesliga performances have been erratic at times, but in Europe anything is possible as the Black and Yellows have the quality to beat anyone on their day. Wednesday sees coach Jurgen Klopp’s team a red-hot favourite to progress to the last eight of the Champions League after a stunning 4-2 victory on the road at St. Petersburg three weeks ago. The Germans came out firing on all cylinders in the first-leg encounter, going up by two goals in the first five minutes of the game and never letting their Russian opponents back into it.
Last weekend’s Bundesliga warm-up at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach was anything other than perfect preparation – a 2-1 defeat and yet more problems for Klopp with the referees! – but there seems little doubt that the charismatic coach, who has won fans across the continent over the last two years, will have his team in a perfect state of mind to finish the job on Wednesday.
With the likes of Barca, PSG, Atletico Madrid and, of course, Bayern already through to the quarterfinals, everyone at Dortmund knows it is going to be tough, but last year’s experience, coupled with the quality in the squad, could yet see the black and yellow hordes making their way to Lisbon in May!
Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg, Odds
St. Petersburg 9.0
Dortmund to win the Champions League: 13.0
Odds provided by www.intertops.eu are correct of today, but subject to change.
CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football. Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI.