Dortmund vs Man City preview: team news, probable line-ups and prediction
Last week, although Man City had just had a goalless game against underdog Copenhagen, 1 point earned in this match was enough for the Citizens to seal a ticket to the round of 16. And if they avoid defeat at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday, they will have won their Champions League group for the sixth time in a row. In the first leg between the two squads last month, Pep Guardiola’s team made a dramatic comeback thanks to John Stone’s incredible long-range shot and Erling Haaland’s late acrobatic volley. In the Premier League, after defeating Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 on Saturday, Guardiola's team closed the gap to Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings to just two points. In the match on Tuesday, Sergio Gomez will not be traveling with Man City owing to a ban after the Spaniard was dismissed against Copenhagen last week. Meanwhile, in the battle to get well before the World Cup next month, England internationals Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips are still out with injuries, but John Stones rejoined his team's matchday squad over the weekend and will likely play.
Haaland's acrobatic goal to seal a Man city's comeback against Dortmund in the firstleg
Dortmund will enter this match with the highest determination and confidence after thrashing Stuttgart 5-0 in the Bundesliga last weekend. Eden Terzic’s team are 5 points ahead of Sevilla and Copenhagen, which is considered quite safe for them to reach the knockout stage. However, another loss to the Premier League champions could make their trip to Copenhagen in the last round a nerve-racking one. Therefore, the German side will give their best shot to wrap things up in the upcoming game. Due to a calf injury, Dortmund were forced to substitute Nico Schlotterbeck in the second half of the match against Stuttgart. The German defender is unlikely to recover in time to play against Man City on Tuesday. Thomas Meunier, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Mateu Morey, Mahmoud Dahoud, and Sebastien Haller are out, although Terzic is hoping that Donyell Malen and Marco Reus will be ready again after missing the weekend victory due to illness and a knock, respectively.
Dortmund: Kobel; Wolf, Sule, Hummels, Guerreiro; Can, Bellingham; Adeyemi, Brandt, Malen; Moukoko
Manchester City: Ederson; Akanji, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan; Silva, De Bruyne, Foden; Haaland
Although Pep’s team had qualified for the knockout stage, the top spot would be their priority, making them avoid strong rivals in the round of 16. As per Betimate analysis, the Premier League champions have a 47 percent victory percentage, which is higher than their opponent’s 23 percent, and the drawing percentage in this match is 30. Therefore, Betimate believes that in-form Haaland and his team will seal a 1-0 win.