Borussia Dortmund vs AC MilanUEFA Champions League, KO: 20:00 Oct 4, 2023, Westfallenstadion
BORUSSIA DORTMUND and AC Milan are two of the great names in Champions League history and they have a heavyweight showdown in Germany on game day two of the group stages.
Both sides are in need of a win after suffering varying degrees of disappointment. Dortmund went down to a 2-0 defeat in France after PSG proved too strong for them.
And Milan failed to break down the stubborn resistance of Newcastle at the San Siro and had to settle for a goalless draw in their opening game despite dominating.
Domestically, both teams can take optimism for this. For Dortmund, that defeat in Paris has been their only loss this term. They have now won three games in a row in the Bundesliga and two of those were away from home.
They were also given additional time to recover after German football bosses moved their last game against Hoffenheim to Friday night and they won 3-1.
Milan have had one major blip and what a blip it was when they were hammered 5-1 ‘away' in the San Siro to Inter. But they have recovered well and, like Dortmund, they have also won three games in a row in Serie A with two clean sheets and were too strong for Lazio on Saturday.
How the bookies view it
There's not much to choose between the sides according to the layers although BVB are favourites here at 29/20 with bet365.
AC Milan can be backed at 15/8 with 888Sport and the draw is 5/2 with Paddy Power.
Recent head to heads
This will be the first time these clubs have met for 21 years. The last time they met in the Champions League, there were a pair of 1-0 away wins on both occasions.
Players to watch
Marco Reus may be 34 now, but he scored his third goal of the season in just six games on Friday and he is 7/2 to score anytime with UniBet.
Portuguese star Rafael Leao has scored three goals this season for Milan and is always a danger. He is 13/5 to score anytime, also with UniBet.
Anything else catch the eye?
There's a reason there is not much in the betting between the teams – it has draw written all over it.
They have similar records this season in similar leagues and this group could very well go to the wire. It all points to a tight encounter in Dortmund and with no clear case for any team to win, the stalemate is the call.
However, both teams have enough about them in an attacking sense to score and Milan will not face a side like Newcastle, who parked the bus against them, on Wednesday.
This UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan will be played on Oct 4, 2023 and kick off at 20:00. Check below for our tipsters best Borussia Dortmund vs AC Milan prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.