Dortmund vs Sporting by Gustav
Dortmund took a very important three pointer in the previous Champions League game when they celebrated 2:1 victory over Sporting and made their lives much more easier. The team made a strong start into the match and took the lead already in ninth minute with a goal from Aubameyand and doubled up the lead just before the halftime whistle via Weigl.
Germans somehow didn't look that interested to attack further on, but kept he control over the result, while the Portuguese side managed to reduce the deficit in 67th minute with a goal from Cesar, without changing the result later on. Dortmund now has same number of points as Real and in case of a victory here, they would mathematically secure the progress to the next round which would help them improve the atmosphere in front of maybe even more important domestic battles. Team comes from a goalless draw in a local derby game against Schalke, whichs puts them now only at sixth position at the moment, surely short in regards to their target which is surely set on the second position at the table next to Bayern (currently six points below second placed Leipzig).
Dortmund is set to play in 4-1-4-1 formation with Aubameyang as central striker, plus Dembele, Kagawa, Gotze and Pulisic as offensive midfielders. Marco Reus and Neven Subotic remains long term absentees and are unfit still. Left full back Marcel Schmelzer (7/0) is doubtful, same as Erik Durm and Sven Bender, but both without playing so far in the season, same as Subotic and Reus.
Sporting, on the other side, looks like sure participant of the Europa League on Spring, since the team stands on third position with three points earned, surely being way above in quality in comparison to fourth placed Legia Warsaw and way below in quality in comparison to Dortmund and Real Madrid.
As for the domestic league, team is nowhere close to the full potential and really good form, since they come from their third consecutive draw match, this time away from home against Nacional in a goalless game. They were better, missed some decent chances including a penalty kick, but converting their domination into goals remains their biggest worry. After another setback, the team slipped down to fourth position at the moment, being already seven points below leaders from Benfica. Visitors from Lisbon are set to play in 4-4-2 formation with Dost and Ruiz as strikers. Midfielder Lukas Spalvic (no performance so far in the season) is sidelined with an injury for this one, same as left full back Jefferson (2/0).
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Borussia Dortmund's last 10 games (UEFA Champions League).
I strongly believe it's time for Dortmund to respond here. They come from a goalless draw against Schalke and now need to get a victory here, which would secure them mathematically progress to the knockout phase. They were able to overcome the Portuguese side in the previous match and this one, in front of own fans, should only be way more easier for them.