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Borussia Dortmund didn’t even need Erling Haaland to be at his prolific best to impress in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie against Manchester City last week, and the German outfit look ready to go toe-to-toe with the Citizens again on Wednesday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side take a precarious 2-1 lead to Dortmund this week after an uncomfortable evening in Manchester that few had anticipated pre-game seven days ago.
Enthused by their display and pushed on by the injustice of a controversially disallowed Jude Bellingham effort, Die Schwarzgelben will believe they can upset the odds in Dortmund in the return fixture, however, a high-class City team will be ready to punish any overconfidence in their host’s ranks.
Wednesday’s game is a perfect match for bet builder and multi part enthusiasts, and below we’ve got tips for the match with that in mind, plus our own 11/1 bet builder acca.
Remember – you can read our detailed preview of the quarter-final in our Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City predictions.
11/1 Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City bet builder tip
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Manchester City have won an incredible 27 of their last 29 games in all competitions, and with their concentration levels topped up by a hugely competitive first-leg with Borussia Dortmund, we expect the Citizens to finish the job in Germany this week.
Pep Guardiola chose to rest Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri and Ruben Dias at the weekend, and a well-rested City team should be too streetwise for a young Dortmund team chasing a win on Wednesday.
Bet builder tip: Manchester City to win
Both teams to score market
Even with Erling Haaland on the periphery of the action for most of the game, Dortmund showed enough creativity and quality on the ball in last week’s first-leg to suggest they can cause City more problems on Wednesday.
The Bundesliga giants have scored in 100% of their Champions League matches this season, and they can maintain that perfect strike rate against City.
The Citizens have hit the net in 19 of their last 20 games in the competition themselves however, and a Dortmund team that has conceded in each of their last five Champions League tussles will struggle to keep them at arm’s length.
Bet builder tip: Both teams to score
Dortmund are also superb value in the entertainment stakes and over 2.5 goals has landed in seven of their last nine Champions League fixtures.
Indeed, 15 of their last 17 matches in all competitions have produced three goals or more, and we expect another glut of action when the free-wheeling German team pit their wits against Pep Guardiola’s prolific Citizens.
Bet builder tip: Over 2.5 goals
Erling Haaland didn’t quite live up to his reputation in last week’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg, but with an army of potential suitors – including City – ready to bear witness, we expect the Norwegian wonderkid to make his presence felt on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old is without a goal in three games, which is his longest dry spell of the campaign so far, though his haul of ten goals in just seven Champions League appearances this season suggests he will blast his way out of this rut before long.
Haaland has leathered in five goals in just three Champions League starts at Signal Iduna Park in 2020/21, and the explosive centre-forward is worth backing to get his name in lights again on Wednesday.
Bet builder tip: Erling Haaland to score anytime
With Manchester City spreading their goal-threat right across the pitch, Dortmund’s Erling Haaland again jumps out as the superstar working backing in the individual shots market.
The lethal finisher is averaging 3.6 attempts per Champions League appearance this term, and Haaland has been finding his range with an impressive 2.4 of his strikes per game on average.
Dortmund will be looking to the Norwegian international for inspiration again on Wednesday, so expect to see most of their attacking moves finish with a Haaland rocket.
Bet builder tip: Erling Haaland 2+ shots on target
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