Man City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions
European consolation on offer for City with a win in GermanyDecember 2nd, 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Man City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Preview
Two very different agendas happening here for the German and English champions. Dortmund are three points clear at the top of the group and have already won the group. So it will be nothing but a routine game for the Bundesliga side. As for Man City, they are looking for the consolation prize of squeezing their way into the Europa League after failing to win a match so far in this season’s group stage. In order for City to have some more European football this season, they need to get a win and hope that third placed Ajax don’t get a point against Real Madrid.
Man City v Borussia Dortmund Betting Odds at online bookmaker Unibet
Borussia Dortmund 11/10, Man City 11/5, Draw 13/5
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It is quite an interesting situation for Man City. Will they really want the distraction of the Europa League on a Thursday night, or will they be happy to bow out of Europe altogether and concentrate on the defence of their Premier League title? They have to win on Tuesday night, something they haven’t managed to do this season in the Champions League if they want to make it to the Europa League. Out of five previous visits to Germany, Man City have only taken a solitary win, losing the other four, so they are going to underdogs in Tuesday’s game. Man City remained unbeaten in the Premier League as they were frustrated in a home draw against Everton. City just haven’t been at the races tactically in the Champions League this season, something which has heaped pressure on boss Roberto Mancini. It was the first meeting between the two clubs on Match Day Two, and a last gasp converted penalty from Mario Balotelli rescued a point for the English side at the Etihad Stadium. City have just continued to look vulnerable and naive in the Champions League, and with the German champions coming into form after a slow start to the season, City could well be bowing out of Europe altogether.
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Dortmund have been very solid in the Champions League, surprisingly taking control after beating Real Madrid in one of their meetings and holding the Spanish champions to a draw as well. That has given them a three point cushion at the top of the league and because of their head to head record against Madrid, the Germans are guaranteed top spot, even if they lose. Just to make things tougher for Man City, Borussia Dortmund have never lost on home soil against an English side, winning three and drawing three of their previous six encounters. The German Champions took a while to get going this season, but have climbed up to the third place in the Bundesliga with a stretch of good form, including holding runaway leaders Bayern Munich to a draw on the weekend. On the current run of things, they are looking the more powerful of the two clubs. While they could relax and get through this because there is nothing at stake for them, there is a bit of needle between them, as the Dortmund hierarchy said that City should be kicked out of the Champions League because of “backdoor finances,” which they think the English champions are circumventing UEFA FInancial Fair Play rules. That aside, on the pitch, the Germans should be good for a draw on home soil. City aren’t firing up front, so would
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Dortmund are unbeaten in six matches against English sides at home
City have just one win from previous visits to Germany
City have lost their other two away matches in this season’s Champions League
Dortmund have conceded six goals from the 85h minute onwards in their last 7 Champions League games
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