Borussia Dortmund versus Real Madrid has become a routine fixture at the Champions League over the past few seasons. The Bundesliga side had kept the La Liga giants at bay in each of the last four double legged meetings. Can Zidane’s men sprung a surprise this time, with Dortmund desperate for a win following the opening day loss to Tottenham.
Dortmund lost 3-1 to Tottenham on matchday 1 of the Champions League 2017/18 season. Despite the result went against their way, the team had majority of the ball and best of the scoring chances. Their defense is at blame for the disappointing result.
Peter Bosz has since managed to fix the majority of the problems in the back-line and the team let in just 1 goal in their last 3 matches. The main improvement has been seen in the goal-scoring department as the Borussians thrashed Gladbach 6-1 and Koln 5-0 in back-to-back home games. However, Madrid provides a different proportion as they had found it easy to score even when Ronaldo is out.
Real Madrid, since their thumping win against Barcelona in the Super Cup have produced some lackluster performances. They were held to draws by Levante and Valencia and eventually fell to a surprise defeat at home against Real Betis.
Too much rotation and injuries to Marcelo and Benzema, together with Ronaldo’s ban hasn’t helped the course. Their defense is extremely brittle and look to concede anytime even when they seem to have total control of the match. Yet, it is too early to conclude that this team in on the brink of a crisis.
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
Last season, we saw both group games between Dortmund and Real ending in 2-2 draws. Aubameyang scored a goal each in both fixtures.
Overall, there has been 12 meetings between the two clubs at the Champions League. Real Madrid are ahead with 4 wins as against Dortmund’s 3, with 5 games ending in stalemates.
Borussia Dortmund have not lost a Champions League fixture at home to Real Madrid. There has been 3 wins and 3 draws in the six meetings at the Signal Iduna Park.
To go with, Dortmund have a good record against La Liga clubs at home soil. Their 12 matches saw 7 win and 2 draws and lost just once.
On the other hand, Real Madrid do not have a good record in away trips to Germany. They managed only 5 wins from 31 games and lost a massive 19, the remaining 7 are draws. However, the did break the voodoo with a 2-1 win at Bayern Munich in the semifinal of the competition last season.
Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid: Prediction
The general perception about this match is on the number of goals expected with both teams coming on the back of a scoring spree. Dortmund scored 13 goals in their three home matches this season, while Real netted 11 in their four away games in all competitions. Therefore, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals must be a banker bet.
And about full-time result, despite Madrid having a poor away record both against Dortmund and German teams, they are still a prime candidate to win this one outright. The main question is if Dortmund have a formidable squad to compete with elite teams this season. I certainly don’t think so.