Dortmund vs Barcelona Champions League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Dortmund vs Barcelona Champions league
Dortmund vs Barcelona Champions League

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One of the most anticipated fixtures in the opening week of the Champions League group stages sees Bundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund play host to Spanish champions Barcelona – who will be intent on winning this season’s competition.

Predictions

Barcelona’s stunning Champions League semi-final collapse at Liverpool last season ensures that the competition is once more the priority for them this campaign.

The Blaugrana have won eight of the last 11 La Liga titles but have not reached a European final since 2015 and the Anfield capitulation brought back memories of Roma the previous season.

This is a really tough group – arguably the toughest of the eight – with Italian giants Inter also involved alongside Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic.

Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to better their Champions League Round of 16 exit against Tottenham last year, while they finished second in the Bundesliga.

The visitors will be favourites to get their campaign off to a winning start despite not possessing home advantage, and their average start to the campaign.

The away side are favourites to win this game although it may not be comfortable and indeed a 2-2 draw is the most likely outcome of this game.

Betting Tips

11 goals have flown in across Barcelona’s last two league games while 14 have gone in across both ends during Dortmund’s three outings to date. A draw is the likeliest outcome of this fixture – not a bad result for either side – and one of the best online betting odds for this round of action. 888 Sport has priced it at 19/5.

Linked into the last bet – both these side’s strengths lie in their attacks while the defences, especially for the hosts – appear to be particularly vulnerable. 888 Sport has priced four goals or more here at 29/20 and it is hard to look past this due to the open nature this game is likely to be.

Statistics

Head to Head

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly given the European exploits of both clubs in European competition, these two sides have never previously met before this season.

Stats

  • Barcelona have won the competition four times in their history – but have not reached the final of the competition since 2015 despite often being favourites.
  • Dortmund have only ever won the competition on one occasion – 1997 – while their other final appearance came in 2013, when they lost to Bayern Munich.
  • Barcelona are ranked second in the UEFA club coefficient, while Dortmund are in 13th place.
  • The Catalan giants have picked up just four victories in their past 13 away matches in the Champions League.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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