Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund / Champions League –Real and Borussia have quite expectedly already secured the first two positions, but this mutual duel will decide who goes in the round of sixteen from the first position. For now Borussia is there with two points more, because they did not make any blunders in duels against the other two teams in the group, while Real played a draw with Legia away, and therefore they need to win this match to het to first place, while Borussia would benefit from any outcomes. Both teams had a good introduction to this match, because Borussia celebrated against their namesake in M’gladbach, while Real played a draw at Nou Camp and continued their long series without defeats. These two rivals have met five times so far and Real has celebrated four times, and once was a draw. Begins: 07.12.2016. – 20:45 CET
Real really looks invincible, even in situations in which it seems they have definitely lost. There were a few such matches this season, and the last example is El Clasico which they played on Saturday at Nou Camp. They are not that bad when playing at home, until they received a goal early in the second half, after which their biggest rival could have defeated them. But it did not, and then, Sergio Ramos appeared as many times so far as their saviour, who scored 1-1 in the finish. It was a total of 33 games without defeat for Real Madrid and so they equalized the club record, which they can now surpass, if they do not spoil it all against Borussia.
The last defeat that Real experienced was in the Champions League against another German club Wolfsburg and it was exactly eight months ago. What Real is doing is certainly for every compliment, although they are having problems with injuries, so they are for a long time without Bale and T.Kroos, while Morata and Danilo are recovering. They are on their way to the League title, but despite great games, they are only second in this group of the Champions League and of course they have enough motives in this game.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo – Casemiro, Modric – Vazquez, Isco, C.Ronaldo – Benzema
Borussia is doing much better in the Champions League than in Bundesliga and this game they can bring confirmation about placement in the round of sixteen from the first place in the standings. Even though they failed to defeat Real in Dortmund, when it was 2-2, they would now be satisfied with a draw, because they resolved all the other matches in their favour. They are having a lot more problems in Bundesliga and their sixth place in the table reveals all the weaknesses, especially away, where they suffered all three defeats. They are undefeated at home, but they played two draws. Their namesake from M’gladbach could not parry them on Saturday and they made a safe victory with 4-1.
The main roles in that match belong to Aubameyang, which is quite common, and Reus, which is particularly pleasing considering how long was this player on a break. Coach Tuchel played with three center-back and a little more offensive side players, with Sahin as refreshments in midfield and the aforementioned Reus in composition from the first minute. Sahin got injured quickly and had to leave the game, so Weigl jumped instead, who is a regular first team player. Burki is absent for quite some time, while Kagawa, Sahin, Guerreiro, S.Bender, Merino and Subotic are all out of action for this match in Madrid. Their starting lineup could be a bit updated with Gotze, and perhaps Schurrle, although Reus is in great shape.
Probable lineups Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer – Weigl – Castro, Dembele, M.Gotze, Schurrle(Reus) – Aubameyang
Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund PICK
After a lucky draw at Nou Camp, Real has further raised their self-esteem and now they want a victory that brings them first place in the group, and since they are the hosts, they will certainly dominate. Borussia play very well occasionally, but they also play some very bad games, and therefore we anticipate a new defeat in Madrid.
Pick: Real Madrid wins
Odds: 1.91 at bet365 (down to 1.81 can be played)