The UEFA Champions League quarter-final stage would be concluded tonight and Manchester City would be hoping to beat German outfit, Borussia Dortmund to reach the semi-final stage of the competition for the first time under the management of Pep Guardiola.
The Germans are in a good position although they are behind in the tie. Dortmund has an away goal and can be full of confidence after an excellent first-leg display at the Etihad Stadium last week.
Dortmund have struggled domestically this season, they are currently in the 5th position on the Bundesliga table and are 19 points behind table-topping Bayern Munich. This form and the absence of former Manchester City player, Jadon Sancho led many to expect Guardiola’s City side to sweep them away in the first leg.
However, Edin Terzić’s charges gave their best against the Premier League giants and would feel like they should have left the Etihad stadium with more than one away goal. Had Jude Bellingham’s goal not been controversially chalked off, Dortmund might have even left England with a first-leg lead, though their slender 2-1 first-leg defeat still gives them plenty to work with in the tie’s second fixture.
Pep Guardiola chose to rest some key first-team players against Leeds on Saturday, and though his decision backfired as Leeds claimed an impressive victory at the home of the champions-elect. The rest during the weekend would be beneficial to the Cityzens and the players should be well rested for their trip to Dortmund.
Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri and Ruben Dias were among the big names kept in reserve by Guardiola in City’s 2-1 loss at home to Leeds, though all six players should be restored to the XI for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League encounter.
Borussia Dortmund only have one thing to do, and the Die Schwarzgelben will attack from the off on Wednesday evening in their attempts to grab the goal that would put them into the overall lead in the tie. Manchester City are also very good going forward so we can expect goals, goals, goals. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is the best tip to bet on.