High flying Borussia Dortmund will re-start their Champions league campaign on Tuesday night when they take on struggling Legia Warsaw, currently standing last in group F table.
Saturday league match ended happily for the Dortmund team when they beat their old rivals Bayern Munich 1-0 and they, surely, will want to extend this good form against the Polish side as well. The home team leads Group F with 10 points from four games.
Legia Warsaw’s European campaign has failed miserably this season as they still are yet to bag a single win. Their only point this term was against defending champions Real Madrid. Qualifying for the knock-out round seems almost impossible for the Polish side now.
Thomas Tuchel’s team inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Legia when the clubs met in Warsaw on the Day 1 match of the Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund, with qualification already assured, will want to increase their chances of topping the group by beating out-of-touch Legia Warsaw side.
Team News: Borussia Dortmund
Manager Thomas Tuchel is slightly worried about the fact that there are few injuries which have kept his players on sidelines. Sven Bender will be unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury. Neven Subotic and Erik Durm are declared unfit to play the match due to their ribs and knee injuries, respectively.
Hit-man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored the winning goal vs. Bayern, should be a key player for the home side.
Maro Reus has recovered from his injury and is back on training with the side. But he is doubtful to start the match against the bottom dwellers.
Raphael Guerreiro is a booking away from the ban, so he must play cautiously against the away side.
Borussia Dortmund: Predicted Line-up (3-5-2)
Burki- Ginter, Bartra, Papastathoupoulos- Weigl, Schmelzer, Gotze, Schurrle, Piszczek- Aubameyang, Ramos
Team News: Legia Warsaw
Jacek Magiera’s side hasn’t been troubled with injuries going towards this match. So, there should be enough options of players for the away side to choose from.
Bartosz Bereszynski and Guilherme are both a yellow card away from one match ban.
The good news for the Polish side is that they have won four of their last five games in all competition, drawing the other. Their strikers look in decent form, and can be a trouble for the Dortmund’s backline.
Nemanja Nikolic will lead the attack upfront since he has been in pretty decent form.
Legia Warsaw: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Malarz- Bereszynski, Czerwinski, Rzezniczak, Hlousek- Jodloweik, Moulin- Guilherme, Odjidja-Ofoe, Radovic-Nikolic
Borussia Dortmund vs Legia Warsaw: Head-to-Head
Total games: 2
Borussia Dortmund wins: 2
Legia Warsaw wins: 0
Borussia Dortmund vs Legia Warsaw: Prediction
With qualification already assured, Dortmund will try to qualify as the group winners by beating Legia on Tuesday night. The home side have yet to lose a champions league match this season and they, likely, will try to preserve their unbeaten streak when they face group’s last placed team Legia.
Legia, on the other hand, will try and revive their fading chances of progressing to the next rounds of the competition.
The German side are in great form this season, both on the domestic competitions and the Champions League. They are on the verge of topping group F, out-casting the likes of Real Madrid. Legia, meanwhile, has a minor chance to qualify to the next rounds. From what it looks now, it is going to be an easy match for the home side.
Final Predicted Score. Dortmund 3- 1 Legia Warsaw
Borussia Dortmund vs Legia Warsaw: Betting Tips and Odds
- Dortmund Win: 1/14
- A draw: 9/1
- Legia Win: 20/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 11/4
- Over 2.5 goals: 2/9
- Both teams score: evens
- Both teams fail to score: 8/11
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
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Key Stats to consider
- Borussia Dortmund has managed to grab 10 points from four Champions League matches this season without losing any.
- The Schwarzgelben are 8 games undefeated in all competitions following Saturday’s 1-0 victory against Bayern Munchen
- Legia has won four of their last five matches in all competitions, drawing the other.
- Legia Warszawa have failed to win their last five Champions League matches.
The Borussia Dortmund vs. Legia Warszawa stats were provided by Soccerway.
Borussia Dortmund vs Legia Warsaw: Live Stream
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