BORUSSIA DORTMUND are massive favourites to progress from the first semi-final of the Champions League after thrashing Real Madrid 4-1 in Germany.
The result left Real Madrid stunned with Robert Lewandowski hitting four goals to leave them with a mountain to climb.
Real now need to beat the Germans 3-0 or by four goals in order to stay alive in the competition. They warmed up for the crucial return leg by defeating their Madrid rivals Atletico 2-1 on Saturday despite being without their superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo who is nursing a muscle injury but is expected to be fit by Tuesday.
Along with Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria should also make a start in Real Madrid’s attack after having missed the first leg due to the birth of his child. Karim Benzema should get the nod ahead of Gonzalo Higuain as the lone striker. Their defensive woes continue with Alvaro Arbeloa and Marcelo being uncertain to start. This could mean that Sergio Ramos will start on the right yet again while Raphael Varane and Pepe keep their places in the middle.
Dortmund have won all of their last five games in all competitions. Last Saturday they defeated Dusseldorf 2-1 at ESPRIT arena despite resting a number of their first-team regulars. They attack as a unit and they defend as a unit and to be unbeaten at this stage of the tournament is quite something.
Dortmund right-back Lukas Piszczek isn’t up to full fitness. Ilkay Gündogan should return to the line-up after having been rested over the weekend, while Sven Bender should retain his spot ahead of the more experienced midfielder Sebastian Kehl.
Real Madrid are yet to lose a game at home this season and have scored 16 goals in their last four matches at home. The Bundesliga side have scored nine goals in their five Champions League away games this season with four draws so far.
In the group stage it was a 2-2 draw and there could be a few more goals tonight with Real edging it.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Lopez; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Özil, Ronaldo; Benzema.
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Gündogan; Blaczszykowski, Götze, Reus; Lewandowski.
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