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Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction & Match Preview

 

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction & Match Preview

Manchester City

Borussia Dortmund

06 April 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Champions League Etihad Stadium

Manchester City will be aiming to move one step closer to winning their first ever Champions League trophy when they take on Borussia Dortmund at Etihad Stadium. 


The Citizens are eyeing their sixth consecutive win in all competitions, and you should know that they managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their previous four games. 

Pep Guardiola has a full squad to choose from, and it is no wonder the Premier League leaders are seen as hot favourites to win the match.

Raheem Sterling should be recalled to the starting XI, with Kun Aguero likely to drop to the bench. 

The Bundesliga side, on the other hand, continue to struggle at the back, with the team conceding four goals in total in the previous two league fixtures. 

Since Erling Haland has been struggling to find his best form of late, home win should be considered. All Witsel, Zagadou, Schmelzer, and Sancho are sidelined with injuries, while Moukoko is a major doubt.

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund: Head-to-head (h2h)

Interestingly, Edin Terzic’s men have a 100% unbeaten record against this rival.
Still, they are on a five-fixture losing streak against EPL clubs.
Meanwhile, the Citizens had won ten of the last eleven clashes against German rivals.
They had scored a total of 14 goals from the previous four such encounters.

Team News:

Guardiola is once again blessed with a fully-fit and available contingent for the first leg, but Joao Cancelo and Fernandinho will both be ruled out of the return leg if they play and pick up a booking on Tuesday.

The latter is likely to drop out for the returning Ilkay Gundogan anyway, but Cancelo should earn a place in defence ahead of Kyle Walker, and Mendy will not want to be dropped after his well-taken opener against Leicester.

Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling are both likely to return to the attack, while Phil Foden is another candidate to be rotated into the side, as no risks are to be taken over the fitness of soon-to-be free agent Sergio Aguero.

Former Man City starlet Jadon Sancho will play no part against his former employers due to a thigh problem, although there is optimism over his availability for the second leg on April 14.

Arsenal-linked defender Dan-Axel Zagadou and Axel Witsel also occupy spots in the treatment room, while Nico Schulz is likely to lose his place at left-back to Raphael Guerreiro after his own goal at the weekend.

Haaland is also one booking away from a ban but would never be dropped for this game, while Jude Bellingham and Emre Can will both be hopeful of earning starts on their returns to English soil.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Silva, Sterling, Foden

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Hitz; Can, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Delaney, Bellingham, Dahoud; Hazard, Haaland, Reus


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