Can Dortmund repeat last season’s home win over Real to reach the Champions League Semis?
The first leg of this Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Champions League Quarter Final blew away the horrific memories of last season’s Semi Final clash between these teams for Real Madrid as their 3-0 win, courtesy of goals from Gareth Bale, Isco and the Champions League top scorer for this season Cristiano Ronaldo, saw them put one foot into the final four stage. However, this week sees them return to Signal-Iduna-Park where they suffered a Robert Lewandowski led 4-1 hammering last season so will they completely banish these nightmares with a second leg victory?
Borussia Dortmund – 3.15
Draw – 3.45
Real Madrid – 2.10
(All odds provided by GR88.com are accurate as of today and subject to change)
The first leg of this tie saw Dortmund hampered at the Santiago Bernabeu due to the fact that last season’s key player in the meetings between these two sides, Robert Lewandowski, was missing through suspension. However, he is back and will start this match as the focal point of the German side’s attack, but can he bag another four goals to see Dortmund progress at the expense of the Spaniards yet again? He did score in the 2-1 home win against Wolfsburg at the weekend, so he will be confident of being on target, but with Sebastian Kehl suspended and first choice goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller doubtful do they have enough to overturn a three goal deficit?
Real are having injury issues of their own with Cristiano Ronaldo missing the weekend 4-0 demolition of Real Sociedad as he was rested due to a knee injury and that Sociedad game saw Gareth Bale leave the field after taking a knock on his knee. Both are doubtful for this match, although Ronaldo is back in training, and if one or both of these two key players are unable to make the match day squad for this Dortmund v Real match then it will certainly give the hosts a massive boost before a ball has been kicked.
However, despite the injury concerns that Real may have for this match they are still the stronger of the two teams and with them unbeaten in the Champions League this season while Dortmund have suffered losses to Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg on home soil, the smart money for this Champions League Quarter Final second leg clash is on the away side. Especially as you can be sure that CR7 will push hard to ensure he is ready for this game to find the net and break Lionel Messi’s Champions League goal record.
Back Real Madrid to beat Borussia Dortmund in this Champions League Quarter Final @ 2.10 with GR88.com.