Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Champions League Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favorites to win the competition this term
- Borussia Dortmund are enduring a disappointing season but have star quality
- Manchester City have the balance that Dortmund lack and that will be key
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Odds
|To Win and Both Teams to Score||Odds|
|Manchester City and Yes||+180|
|Manchester City and No||-275|
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Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Picks
The hosts should prove too strong for Dortmund, but the Bundesliga side – for all their faults – can be electric in attack on their day.
Manchester City to Win
Both Teams to Score
How to Watch Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund
|Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund|
|What||Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund|
|Where||The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England|
|When||Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 15.00 PM EDT|
|How to watch||Paramount+|
Manchester City are still in four competitions with just a few weeks of the season remaining. A quadruple remains unlikely – there is a reason why it would be unprecedented – but City fans can continue to dream of a historic achievement for now. Most of them, though, would happily sacrifice the FA Cup and the League Cup if it guaranteed Champions League glory.
Borussia Dortmund have the attacking talent to cause City problems if the Premier League leaders take their eye off the ball. Pep Guardiola’s side have been solid at the back for most of the campaign, but their backline could be breached at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. Even so, expect City to emerge victorious in a game featuring goals at both ends.
Pep Guardiola Will Be Judged by the Champions League
It is only a matter of time before Manchester City are crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons. They were not even in the top two as recently as January, yet have now opened up a sizeable lead at the summit of the standings. They are also expected to beat Tottenham in the League Cup final later this month, and are in pole position to triumph in the FA Cup too.
First on City’s list of priorities, though, is the Champions League. It is a competition they have never won. In truth, they have never even got close. A solitary semi-final appearance is all that one of the wealthiest clubs on the planet has to show for 10 successive seasons of participation.
City have not even made it as far as the last four during Guardiola’s tenure. With the Catalan at the helm, they have been eliminated by Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Lyon – for the most part, hardly the cream of European soccer’s crop.
Guardiola is under pressure to deliver this time around. Last season’s quarter-final exit at the hands of a Lyon side that finished seventh in Ligue 1 was a particular low point. City simply must go close to the Champions League this year, and Guardiola – for all his undoubted brilliance – can no longer be satisfied with just domestic prizes. He has not won Europe’s foremost tournament away from Barcelona, and he must do so if he is to cement his position as one of soccer’s greatest ever coaches.
Borussia Dortmund Are Inconsistent but Dangerous Opponents
This has been a turbulent campaign for Borussia Dortmund. They have been as high as second in the Bundesliga table and as low as seventh. Sadly for BVB, they are sitting closer to the latter position than the former right now. A 2-1 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday has left them seven points adrift of the top four with just seven matches left to play. It is looking like Dortmund will need to win the Champions League if they are to qualify for next season’s edition of the competition.
Still, they should not be written off in this tie. Dortmund are wildly inconsistent and have slipped up in many matches they should have won this season, but on their day they are capable of giving any team in Europe a game. Erling Haaland only needs one chance to score a goal – indeed, he has found the back of the net 33 times in 32 appearances this season. Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus provide further quality in the final third.
The principal concern for Dortmund is at the other end of the field. They have conceded two or more goals in 11 of their 27 Bundesliga outings this season. They shipped four in their two-legged last-16 tie against Sevilla and only went through thanks to their quality upfront. Dortmund can hurt City, but they will struggle to keep Guardiola’s attack under wraps.
City Are the Clean Sheet Kings but Dortmund Can Score
With the second leg set to take place in Germany, City will want to pick up a win in the first game between the sides. Dortmund seem to struggle to rise to the occasion for run-of-the-mill Bundesliga fixtures, but motivation will not be an issue in a match of this magnitude. Even so, City’s dominance in their 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Saturday was an ominous sign, and Dortmund could struggle to get the ball off their hosts at times here.
City have been extremely impressive defensively this calendar year, keeping clean sheets in 10 Premier League games and another three in domestic cup competitions. Moreover, they have conceded only one goal in their eight Champions League games this season. Scoring goals against Guardiola’s team is not easy, as Leicester found at the King Power Stadium at the weekend.
Dortmund, though, have enough firepower to breach the home side’s backline. Haaland is a phenomenal talent and will be desperate to impress ahead of a potential summer transfer, with City among the interested parties. Sancho, too, will be keen to make an impact against his former employers. Dortmund have enough in attack to score on Tuesday, but that might not be enough to prevent another defeat.