Dortmund need some magic in Madrid!
A year after losing out to Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals of the Champions League, Real Madrid have been handed the perfect opportunity to take revenge when the two teams get it on at the quarterfinal stage of this year’s competition.
After losing El Clásico and then going down to Seville, Real have lost the initiative in the three-way race to the Primera Division title, and so will all the more keen to give their fans something to cheer about on Wednesday.
Dortmund, who have been erratic to say the least in the Bundesliga this year and only just scraped past Zenit St. Petersburg in the last sixteen of the Champions League, travel to Spain needing to compensate for the massive handicap of losing suspended striker Robert Lewandowski. The Pole, who will be making the Bayer Munich squad even stronger next season, scored all four BVB goals in their 4-1 home thrashing of Real last season and there is little doubt that Carlo Ancelotti will be extremely happy at his absence. Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp could well choose a defensive strategy at the Bernabeu in the knowledge that Lewandowski will be available for the return leg next week. Germany international Marco Reus, who bagged a hattrick at Stuttgart at the weekend, is likely to be the visitors’ main man up front as they hope to catch their hosts on the break.
It is, however, going to need a superhuman effort to leave Spain with anything other than a defeat, but with a full house at their backs in Dortmund, a narrow loss would still give the Germans every chance in the return!
Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund, Odds
Real Madrid 1.35
Borussia Dortmund 7.0
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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.