Manchester City hosts Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, April 6th at Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Manchester City is doing well everywhere again, although the Champions League looks like the main goal. After all, this is still an unattainable height for the club. In the Premier League, the Citizens are in the lead with a gap of 17 points. Yes, the second Manchester United played two games less, but it doesn’t affect the situation much. There is every chance of winning the champion’s title ahead of schedule. In the last round, Guardiola's charges dealt with a strong Leicester away (0-2). There are no personnel losses at Manchester City, which allows using different tactical schemes. No one has ever caused problems for the Citizens in the current Champions League. In the 1/8 finals, the Citizens eliminated Borussia Monchengladbach, beating the opponent twice with a score of 2-0.
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This Champions League is probably the only chance for Borussia Dortmund to win a ticket to the tournament for the next season. However, the Yellow-Blacks need to win a trophy, which seems unrealistic. Borussia is only fifth in the Bundesliga standings and lags seven points behind the desired four, and it is a very difficult task to win back such a gap in seven rounds. The team itself is to blame for its troubles - it lost to its direct competitor, Eintracht Frankfurt, in the last round (1-2), and the gap increased. The main weapon of Dortmund is the Norwegian striker Erling Halland, but it will be difficult for him without the necessary support.
The opponents crossed paths only once in the Champions League. It was back in 2012, when Borussia was able to gain an away 1-1 draw and won 1-0 at home. Now Manchester City looks stronger than the opponent in all respects - from the flexibility of the roster to the stability and current shape. Of course, the bookmakers will give the obvious advantage to the home team. If the Yellow-Blacks manage to stand their ground away, it will be a serious sensation. But we believe that the Citizens should gain a confident victory in the upcoming match. We recommend betting on their success with a handicap of -1.5 goals.
Prediction for the match: Manchester City to win with -1.5 handicap