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.

Probable line-ups

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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Real Madrid to win by one @ 4.10 betsafe
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Second half with most goals @ 2.10 coral

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  1. Milesey 11 years ago


    Barcelona need to score at least 4 goals against a side that have conceded just twice in their last four Champions League away games and only 3 times on the road all season in the Bundesliga.

    They have already rescued a first leg away defeat in the Champions League this season, but this may be unassailable. No team has ever overturned a 4-0 deficit after the first leg of a Champions League knockout game

    Tito Vilanova would have liked to keep Messi fresh ahead of Wednesday’s game but was forced to introduce the Argentine with the side trailing to Bilbao at the weekend. Messi came off the bench to score in his 20th consecutive league game against Athletic Bilbao, but Barcelona were forced to wait at least another week to seal the La Liga title after a 2-2 draw.

    Jordi Alba is suspended having picked up his third yellow card of the tournament in the reverse fixture, and he is likely to be replaced by Adriano, who returns from a ban. Cesc Fabregas, David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro compete for two places in the starting XI. With Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano still injured, it’s a further dent to the defensive options which Tito Vilanova has available. Eric Abidal replaced 22-year-old central defender Marc Bartra against Bilbao and may be used in that role again on Wednesday.

    Bayern continued their momentous season on Saturday. They managed a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim, setting a new Bundesliga points record of 84, three more than Dortmund’s record mark last season. Heynckes made 10 changes to his side in a show of respect to Barcelona, but they still registered a 14th straight league win.

    Bayern Munich have no new injury concerns or suspensions to concern themselves with after the first leg—midfielder Toni Kroos and defender Holger Badstuber remain long-term absentees. Heynckes rested almost his entire first team XI at the weekend, with even keeper Manuel Neuer dropped to the bench.Mario Mandzukic is back available following a suspension and he will compete for the lone striker position with Mario Gomez.


    Barcelona (4-3-3): Victor Valdes; Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra, Adriano; Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta; Pedro Rodriguez, David Villa, Lionel Messi.

    Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Phillip Lahm, Dante, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo; Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery; Mario Mandzukic

    The Draw @ 4.20 bet365
    2:2 Correct Score @ 14.00 betvictor
    Both teams to score @ 1.50 paddypower
    Penalty in the match @ 3.40 10bet


    • Milesey 11 years ago

      Real Madrid welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Bernabeu in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, looking to overturn a massive 4-1 loss from last Wednesday.

      Jose Mourinho’s side have their work cut out this evening, and will be looking to burst out of the traps right from the off in order to give themselves any chance of securing a place in the final of this competition.

      That seems unlikely based on their first showing in this tie – but that away goal could hugely important for the hosts.

      Real welcome Alvaro Arbeloa back into the side following suspension and he should shore up the defence somewhat – with Cristiano Ronaldo also making his comeback following a thigh strain.

      A 2-1 win at rivals Atletico Madrid at the weekend will have boosted confidence in the home camp, and that was their 13th win in 17 outings.

      It’s also worth noting that los Blancos have not lost on their own patch since January 2012, and 29 goals smashed in their last 10 on their own patch shows just how dominant they can be at the Bernabeu.

      Mourinho has certainly done nothing to lift the pressure on his players – calling this one Real Madrid’s ‘biggest game in 10 years’ – and they will be desperate to weigh in with a positive performance on their own patch, whatever the ultimate outcome.

      Visitors Dortmund go into this one having won their last six on the bounce – but their away form isn’t so stellar, and they have won just four of their last 10 on the road.

      Mourinho will no doubt also have noticed that the Germans have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 on their travels, and that suggests that there could be goals goals goals here.

      Jurgen Klopp will be reminding his side of the importance of avoiding complacency, and it’s worth noting that Dortmund have surrendered a three-goal first-leg lead before, when Club Brugge reversed a 3-0 first leg loss with a 5-0 home success in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup third round.

      Back Real Madrid @ 1.59


      ( betfair )

  2. SG 11 years ago

    Hoping for over 2.5 goals in both games!

  3. Blair R 11 years ago

    6/5 ronaldo to score and real yo win

  4. Deano 11 years ago

    10/1 Lewandowski anytime & Dortmund win!?

    Serious odds & im finding it hard to say no too lol

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