Barcelona vs Borussia Dortmund Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Champions League Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Camp Nou

Punter's Pick

Barcelona welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Camp Nou in a game between two of Europe’s most renowned attacking teams. The game is still significant as both are yet to guarantee their place in the next round, and with a resurgent Inter Milan chasing hard, neither can afford to relax in this crucial clash.

Barcelona come into this game undefeated in the group and are currently sitting joint top of La Liga. However the Catalans have shown great vulnerabilities this season and have been far from impressive when compared to previous seasons. They have already lost three times in the league to Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Levante and drew 0-0 with Slavia Prague last time out in the Champions League, with their feared strikeforce struggling to replicate the freeflow of goals they have enjoyed in previous campaigns. There is still an overreliance on star man Lionel Messi and although Luis Suarez has played well, there isn’t the same level of contribution expected from big money buys in recent times. Antoine Griezmann has struggled since his big money transfer from Atletico Madrid, netting just four goals in 11 league appearances whilst Ousmane Dembele has had ongoing injuries since his £90M move. On their day, the team is still one of the most feared in Europe but not keeping a clean sheet in their last four league games also shows some of the cracks that are evident and can be exploited and the Germans will certainly be looking to do that with their pacey and creative players.

Borussia Dortmund have had an indifferent season, putting together good patches of form with inconsistent runs which have hampered their efforts in the league. They currently sit in 6th place in the Bundesliga, five points adrift of the top and have drawn more games than any of the top six. Borussia Monchengladbach currently lead the way and despite losing more games than Dortmund boast the aforementioned five point lead. Manager Lucien Favre certainly knows that his team needs to be more clinical in front of goal and with chances likely to be at a premium at the Camp Nou, they certainly can’t afford to be wasteful. Coming into this game, the team took a battering against their biggest rivals Bayern Munich, losing 4-0 courtesy of a Lewandowski brace, Serge Gnabry strike and Mats Hummels own goal and will need to recover quickly. But they will be confident of getting something from the game in Spain as they have the creative flair to open up a leaky Barca defence with the likes of Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho and Mario Gotze.

In team news, Barcelona are without the defensive trio of Gerard Pique, Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba. The Catalans are hopeful that Clement Lenglet could return from injury as could Ivan Rakitic and Arthur.

Dortmund are without former Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, who has gastroenteritis, and injured Danish pair Thomas Delaney and Jacob Bruun Larsen.

These two teams played out a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture but we feel that there will be goals in this one, especially with Barcelona playing at home. With Barcelona’s defensive injuries, Dortmund will fancy their chances and know that any slip ups will allow Inter to come back into the group. Barcelona can be backed at 1/2 for a home victory with Bet365 and we still feel that this should be taken, but perhaps with another bet to boost the overall value. Over nine corners is currently offered at a generous 5/6 with the same bookmaker, and considering there were 12 corners in the first game, this is a bet that is highly likely to come in.

 

Punter's Pick

Barcelona welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Camp Nou in a game between two of Europe’s most renowned attacking teams. The game is still significant as both are yet to guarantee their place in the next round, and with a resurgent Inter Milan chasing hard, neither can afford to relax in this crucial clash.

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