Champions League grp. F | Real Madrid-Borussia Dortmund
Kick Off: 19:45 Hrs
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Wed 7th Dec 2016
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund Match Prediction
Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu on 07/12/16 with the winner of this one coming out as winners of Champions League Group E. Our SBAT preview will bring you a form guide, team news and a betting preview.
Real Madrid Preview
Real Madrid will be looking to maintain their tremendous record at home in the Champions League and finish top of the group on Wednesday evening, as would’ve been the target set by the club at the start of the campaign. The circumstances of their 1-1 draw away to Barcelona in the Clasico last time out should give the team great confidence, coming away from the Camp Nou with a point, despite key men Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale both being absent from the squad through injury. Luis Suarez headed Barcelona ahead early in the second half and it seemed that would be enough to earn the victory for the home side, until Real skipper Sergio Ramos equalised in stoppage time to maintain his side’s six-point lead at the top of La Liga. Zinedine Zidane will have been delighted with the result, ensuring his team are still unbeaten in all competitions since the start of the season, winning ten and drawing four in La Liga to date. At the Bernabeu in Europe, Real have won each of their last eight matches, losing only once in twenty-six since the beginning of the 2012/13 campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just twice in the competition this term and will be hoping to better that record in the coming fixtures, with Lionel Messi leading the scoring charts, currently on nine at the time of writing.
Borussia Dortmund require a draw or better to finish top of Group F on Wednesday evening, something which could give them a huge advantage in the draw for the next round of the competition. Dortmund will be buoyed by their result at the weekend, coming past city rivals Monchengladbach 4-1 at the Signal Iduna Park, coming from behind after Raffael put the visitors in front. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised for Dortmund just a minute later, with Łukasz Piszczek, Ousmane Dembele and Aubameyang again all netting to seal the victory, leaving Dortmund in 6th in the Bundesliga table. Already nine points behind leaders Leipzig and six behind Bayern Munich, it’s been an underwhelming season for Thomas Tuchel and his team to this point, who aren’t yet completely out of the title race. Dortmund will also go to the Bernabeu on Wednesday looking to break a Champions League record, sitting just one goal shy of the all-time record for goals in the group stages. Dortmund have scored nineteen goals from their five group games, with the record currently standing at twenty, which Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all bagged in previous years, with United and Real both going on to win the competition in their respective campaigns of doing so.
Real Madrid Team News
Gareth Bale (ankle) remains out of action for Real Madrid, as do Danilo (muscle) and Alvaro Morata (achilles). Toni Kroos (foot) remains a doubt, while Fabio Coentrao (muscle) has returned to training.
Dortmund Team News
Roman Burki (hand), Neven Subotic and Nuri Sahin (both knee) are missing for the visitors’ trip to Madrid. Raphael Guerreiro (muscle), Joo-Ho Park (back) and Shinji Kagawa (foot) are doubts, as is Sven Bender (ankle).
Betting Tips and Predictions
Real Madrid have historically been excellent at home in Europe and I’m expecting them to continue that here and finish top of their group in doing so.