Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Champions League, Group H
Date: 6th December 2017
Time: 7:45 pm GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will meet for the second time in this season’s Champions League, this time at Santiago Bernabeu and with lesser significance.
Match Preview: Real Madrid Vs. Borussia Dortmund
Defending Champions Real Madrid welcome Borussia Dortmund at Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday in their final Champions League group game. Frankly, the game got nothing for the host while having been already eliminated from this season’s competition, the clash against Madrid might be a pass for Dortmund to continue their journey in Europe via the Europa League.
Winner of the last two edition, Real Madrid were heavily tipped to emerge as a winner in Group H, but a 1-1 draw at Santiago Bernabeu and most importantly their 3-1 defeat in England against Spurs led Real Madrid to slip in the Second position. Now coming at the final round, there’s nothing the Spanish club can do to leapfrog Tottenham. The three points gap and a head-to-head superiority mean Spurs and Real Madrid are the confirmed Winners and Runner-up of Group H respectively.
Frankly, Zidane and his team have only been a shadow of what they used to be before this season. Defending League winners, Real Madrid currently find themselves in fourth position, eight points adrift from the league leaders, Barcelona. The game against Dortmund won’t offer anything to the Madrid based team, but it can be a morale booster amid the difficult season for them.
Similarly, for the away team, this game will be nothing but a ticket to the Europa League. Well, the group was termed as a Group of death, and the likes of Spurs, Dortmund and Real Madrid were expected to go neck to neck to occupy the first two positions, but surprisingly, the German team didn’t even gave a fight and now are sitting in the third place with just two points. The points came from draws, both to APOEL Nicosia with the same scoreline of 1-1, both home and away. So, the 2012/13 finalist have to get a better result than what APOEL will get on their trip to Wembley to pip them for the Europa.
Peter Bosz is a man living on the edge now, along with the Champions League disappointment, Dortmund have been dreadful in the league too. They have accumulated just 22 points so far and sit in the sixth position ten points behind the league leaders, Bayern Munich. BVB are winless in their last seven games, and something unpleasant here will put a hell of a lot of pressure on their under-fire boss, Peter Bosz.
Possible starting lineup: Real Madrid Vs. Borussia Dortmund
Dani Carvajal will miss the match due to suspension while Luca Zidane, Gareth Bale, and Marco Asensio are injured and won’t feature on Wednesday. Real Madrid are likely to go with 4-3-1-2 formation with Isco as AM.
Real Madrid’s possible starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund
Defenders: Carvajal(R), Ramos (M), Varane(M), Marcelo(L)
Midfielders: Kroos(R), Casemiro(M), Modric(L), Isco(AM)
Forwards: Ronaldo(R), Benzema(L)
Dortmund also have Jeremy Toljan suspended for the match. Marco Reus, Jacob Larsen, Lukasz Piszczek, and Mario Gotze are still sidelined due to injury whereas striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to return.
Borussia Dortmund’s possible starting lineup against Real Madrid
Defenders: Bartra(R), Sokratis(M), Toprak(M), Schmelzer(L)
Midfielders: Kagawa(R), Sahin(M), Guerreiro(L)
Forwards: Yarmolenko(R), Aubameyang(M), Pulisic(L)
Prediction: Real Madrid Vs. Borussia Dortmund
Both teams are not up to their best but Real Madrid are always favorite at Santiago Bernabeu. With Sevilla next to play, Zidane will probably save some expenses against Borussia.
Our prediction, Real Madrid 3-1 Borussia Dortmund.