Borussia Dortmund hosts Zenit in round 2 of the Champions League group stage. The match will be played on Wednesday, October 28th at Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
One may say that the Yellow-Blacks failed last season. With such reinforcements, led by Erling Halland, Borussia remained behind the back of Bayern and didn’t prove itself in other tournaments. Nevertheless, Lucien Favre continues to be trusted. Perhaps, the management simply wastes precious time because there are enough problems again. A week ago, Borussia once again lost points on the road. The team conceded twice very quickly. There was hope for a comeback when Halland (who else?) scored the return goal in the 71st minute. However, Hitts Akpa-Akpro quickly scored the third goal for Lazio. Nothing tragic happened since the Germans played against another favorite of the group. But now they need to show results with outsiders.
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Under Sergei Semak, Zenit dominates in the local arena. Having received a relatively difficult group, it hoped to get into the playoffs. Earning all 6 points against Brugge was an obligatory part of this ambitious plan. But already in the first round, the club from St. Petersburg made an offensive misfire. It didn’t manage to score against the Belgians for a long time, and they simply declassified the hosts' defense in the 63rd minute. Zenit managed to win back relatively quickly. Lovren hit the post, but the ball flew into the net after hitting the back of Khorvat, who is the second goalkeeper of the Belgians. After that, Zenit lost to Rubin at the Gazprom Arena. Erokhin opened the scoring, but everything ended in favor of Slutsky's team (1:2).
The clubs played in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League in 2014. Having won with a 4-2 score away, Borussia even allowed itself to lose in Dortmund (1-2). Now Borussia is stronger, and Zenit seems to be plunging into crisis. Everything can be decided in the first half of this match.
Prediction for the match: Borussia Dortmund to win the first half and the match