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Pep Guardiola’s side can wrap up first place with a win and we expect them to get the job done on Tuesday.
Back Manchester City to beat Borussia Dortmund and both teams to score. (+180)
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Nothing has been confirmed yet, but this may well be Pep Guardiola’s final season as Manchester City manager. The Catalan’s contract expires in the summer of 2023 and while City remain hopeful that he will put pen to paper on a new deal, nothing has been agreed.
Guardiola has already been at the Etihad Stadium much longer than he was in his previous jobs. He resigned from the position at Barcelona in La Liga after four seasons, having been worn down by the stresses of the role in such an intense environment. His next role at Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga lasted for three years before Guardiola agreed to take over in Manchester in 2016.
It was initially thought that his time at City would run to a similar length, but Guardiola is now in his seventh season at the club. The fact that City are not an established European power like Barcelona or Bayern makes it a less pressurized place to work, while Guardiola seldom has to deal with off-field politics: he is the undisputed boss at the Etihad.
Still, seven seasons is a long time in the modern game and the 51-year-old may well feel the time has come for a new challenge - or perhaps a rest.
Ultimately, though, his decision might depend on how City fare in the Champions League this term. Guardiola has yet to win the competition away from Barcelona, and many believe his time at City would be incomplete without a victory in the biggest competition in European soccer.
City are the favorite to triumph with the best online sportsbooks, but that has also been the case at this stage of previous campaigns. The true test lies in the knockout rounds after Christmas when City have in the past failed to do themselves justice.
Borussia Dortmund are in a strong position with two rounds of fixtures remaining in the group phase. They could still finish top of this section: the German side are three points adrift of first-placed City, to whom they only narrowly lost 2-1 in the first meeting between the sides in September.
Leaving aside that slender defeat at the Etihad, BVB have performed solidly in the Champions League. Victories over Copenhagen (3-0) and Sevilla (4-1), plus a 1-1 draw with the Spanish side a fortnight ago, mean Edin Terzic’s side have a five-point cushion above both Copenhagen and Sevilla with six points left to play for.
A draw on Tuesday would be sufficient to secure their spot in the round of 16 if the two teams below them also draw, or if Sevilla beat Copenhagen on home turf at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Inconsistency continues to harm Dortmund’s prospects of a genuine Bundesliga title tilt. The outcome of their last six league outings evidences their struggles to put positive runs together: defeat, win, defeat, draw, defeat, win. Despite a 5-0 thrashing of Stuttgart over the weekend, Dortmund are not even in the top four a third of the way through the campaign.
Their Champions League journey, at least, looks set to extend into 2023. This week’s meeting with City provides Terzic’s side with the chance to make a statement of intent against the team that many consider to be the strongest on the continent right now.
Dortmund could certainly be pleased with their display against City last month. They frustrated the Premier League champions in the first half, successfully holding them at arm’s length, and then took the lead through Jude Bellingham in the 56th minute.
City eventually struck back, but it took two pieces of individual excellence from John Stones and Erling Haaland (who was brilliantly assisted by Joao Cancelo) for them to turn the game around. Remarkably, those two shots were the first that City managed to find the target with.
We anticipate a similar outcome on Tuesday, which is why our recommended bet is another City victory and both teams to score. Guardiola’s side possesses plenty of firepower, even if the manager chooses to rotate his team amid a hectic period ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
But Dortmund also pack a punch in attack when everything clicks, and they will be in a confident mood after hitting five goals past Stuttgart without a reply on Saturday. They scored at the Etihad and can do the same against City in front of their own fans at Signal Iduna Park.
However, avoiding defeat by a team that came so close to reaching last season’s Champions League final may be a bridge too far for BVB.
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|Teams||Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City|
|Location||Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany|
|Time||Tuesday, 25 October 2022, 15.00 PM EST|
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