This is a Champions League quarter-final with the potential for fireworks, as Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad on Tuesday night. Both teams are very dangerous going forward, while both managers will be desperate to take an advantage into next week’s second leg.
Where and when: Etihad Stadium – 6 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport
Last time: These teams last met each other in the Champions League group stages in 2012. Dortmund beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion following a 1-1 draw at the Etihad, as the Bundesliga outfit progressed as group winners and City crashed out of the competition after finishing bottom.
Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
Much has changed since these teams last locked horns in a competitive fixture. Manchester City are no longer the new kids on the Champions League block, and the Blues head into this two-legged tie with Borussia Dortmund as the favourites to reach the semi-finals.
The winner of the clash between defending champions Bayern Munich and last season’s beaten finalists, Paris Saint-Germain, will await whichever team triumphs in this quarter-final. City’s status as favourites is based on their impressive recent form, which has seen them build up a commanding lead over local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table.
City’s derby defeat to United in March was their only loss in 33 matches in all competitions, prior to the recent international break. The Blues won an incredible 29 of those fixtures and kept 22 clean sheets during the course of that run, which has positioned them nicely for a tilt at a historic quadruple.
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Man City to win 3-2
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The pressure will only build as City move closer to achieving that feat, and we’ve seen them undone by pressure in Europe numerous times in recent seasons. Pep Guardiola’s tactics have often been questioned in the latter stages of the Champions League, not least when the Blues crashed out in the quarter-finals against Lyon last season.
If City don’t get it right against Dortmund, the German side have the capacity to tear them apart on the break. Former City youngster Jadon Sancho may be struggling with injury at present, but Erling Haaland is fit and firing after netting an incredible 10 goals in just six Champions League appearances so far this season.
Die Schwarzgelben have lots of talented youngsters complementing older heads, although they’ll be without further injury absentees Axel Witsel, Marcel Schmelzer, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Youssoufa Moukoko for this game. City, on the other hand, have a completely clean bill of health coming into this quarter-final.
That helps the Blues start as the strong favourites at 5/11 in these Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund predictions. The visitors aren’t having a good time of it in the Bundesliga this season, as they languish far behind league leaders Bayern and even face a battle to finish in the top four. Edin Terzic’s side are priced at 6/1 with William Hill, while you can back the draw in this first leg at 4/1.
One to watch for Manchester City: Sergio Aguero is leaving City at the end of the season, after a stunning career in Manchester. The Argentine will be desperate to land Europe’s biggest prize in what would be his final game for the Blues, and he is 7/2 to score the opening goal of this game.
One to watch for Borussia Dortmund: Erling Haaland could be the man who replaces Aguero at the Etihad. The Norwegian striker is one of the hottest prospects in world football after scoring 33 goals in his first 31 appearances of the season for Dortmund this term. He is 9/2 to break the deadlock on Tuesday night.
Long shot: With so much attacking power on show in this game, there’s the potential for a goal-fest under the Mancunian night sky. The hosts may be strong defensively and first legs are often cagey, but with Haaland around, a high-scoring affair could be on the cards in these Man City v Dortmund tips. Over 4.5 goals is 3/1 in the latest odds for this game, rising to 37/10 if you add City as the winners.