Dortmund vs Porto by Marinos
Dortmund are regarded by odds makers as one of the favourites to win the competition,however they got here by finishing second behind Russian side FC Krasnodar in a group they should have easily won.
In the group stage they were 3-1-2 (10-5 g . ) and at home 2-0-1 while in 2 of this games the opposite team scored .
They were neglecting the Europa League at the beginning of their campaign, as the Budesliga race and qualifying for the Champions League was the number one priority.
Borussia Dortmund at this moment are 2nd in the Bundesliga (48 p.) and it would take something extraordinary to change that,as the 3rd team B leverkusen are 13 points behind them( FC Bayern are already out of reach and 8 p ahead of them).
With all that said it looks like Dortmund with the DFB-Pokal (domestic cup) semifinal taking place in April the Europa League competition is the only thing left for Dortmund to keep the team and the fans on the edge.
In the past 7 days Borussia Dortmund played 3 matches 2-1-0 and this season in the Westfalenstadion are
9-1-0 (31-8 g. ) .
In 8/10 of them we had over 2.5 goals and in 6 of them both teams scored,also in the past 5 games of Dortmund
both teams scored and over 2.5 goals were made.
For tonight's game Aubameyang (20/20) is gonna be ready to play , he is having a great season this year and we hear more and more rumors for transfer this summer ,Gundogan (20/1) is doubtful with a cold and if he is out this is a blow for Dortmund , Gundogan has been an absolute key player as his passes unlock opponents on a regular basis and without him, Dortmund tend to struggle in retaining possession, just as much as creating scoring chances.
Weidenfeller, who is the starting goalkeeper only in the Europa League games , is sidelined with an infection.
Porto ended up in the 32 of the Europa League after finishing 3rd on the 7th group of C League.
Porto won the "Classico" against rivals Benfica 1-2 last Friday and showed their teeth reminding everyone
what they are made of,even though it took an outstanding performance by Iker Casillas to mask Porto's defensive frailties in order to claim all 3 points at Da Luz.
Porto are a team known to take the Europa League seriously, having won the Europa League competition back in 2011 coach Jose Peseiro, who has now to go in to this game without several players due to injuries and suspensions.
Maicon is gone to to Sao Paulo , Awaziem, who filled in for Maicon, is not eligible to play in the Europa League, which forces Peseiro to call up a center-back from Porto's reserves,Maxi Pereira will miss the match due to suspension and Danilo Pereira is also out.
The pressure is on Dortmund i think in this game and Porto has the know how in games like this one.
I think that both teams will score tonight.
|Both Teams To Score||Bet365||1.95||8||2-0 LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.