Borussia Dortmund hosts Barcelona in round 1 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Tuesday, September 17th at Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
What can we say about the start of Dortmund in this season? The team managed to win the country's Super Cup by defeating Bayern (2-0), but as for the start in the Bundesliga, everything is ambiguous for the team of Lucien Favre. It played against three essential outsiders of the season (Augsburg, Koln, and Union) and gained only 6 points out of 9 possible, and the game in defense was not the best. Borussia conceded in all three games of the championship and managed to lose to Union with a 1-3 score. But I cannot say that it is something new for this team. Dortmund is famous for its scoring matches and hockey scores in the end. And it looks like a goal extravaganza of the German team is back! The goal difference after three rounds of the championship confirms it (9-5).
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I have not seen such a slurred Barcelona’s start of the season for a very long time... The defense is like an open house! And it is surely the main problem of the Catalans at the start of the season. Messi, who is recovering after an injury, will begin to perform wonders in the attack very soon. But the attack looks pretty good even without him. But it is difficult to say how Barcelona will close holes in the defense. It conceded from Athletic and even lost (0-1) and conceded TWO from Betis but won (5-2). It also conceded TWO from Osasuna and played only in a draw (2-2). Well, the Catalans are underwhelming so far. And if Ernesto Valverde’s team has such problems in matches with not the strongest Spanish teams, what will happen in the Champions League? Dortmund knows how to attack, and Inter will also be a serious attacking force in this season. The benefit of the Catalans is that Dortmund has the same situation. The attack works well, but there are serious problems in defense.
We can say that rivals deserve each other ... The phrase “open house in defense” can surely be applied to their defense! And we should proceed from it when betting. I wouldn’t guess the outcome of the match, which can be completely different, but it will probably be rich in goals.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored