Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona
Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund).
The two heavyweights of the “Group of Death” will be testing their mettle against each other in their much-awaited opener this week and rest assured, footballing fans across the globe will not want to miss this one.
With the German Super Cup already in the bag, Borussia Dortmund have already labeled themselves as one of the front runners back in the Bundesliga. The squad have stumbled once in the domestic campaign but were able to make amends in their most recent clash at home which saw them slot four past the helpless Bayer Leverkusen.
The Catalans have also had their first taste of defeat in their respective league and have managed two wins and a draw from their last three games. However, the return of Luis Suarez to full fitness has certainly bolstered their hopes. The Uruguayan found the back of the net twice in their last fixture and will be an imminent threat if Ernesto Valverde decides to deploy him.
Although Dortmund will be in their comforts of home this Tuesday, they will have to put nothing but their best foot forward as Barcelona will be eying all three points for the taking.
Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona Head to head (h2h)
- The two teams previously met each other over two legs in the UEFA Super Cup, with Barcelona winning with a 3-1 aggregate score.
- Both teams held each other to a 1-1 draw the last time Dortmund played hosts.
- Barcelona have registered a clean sheet once, while foes have are yet to keep one.
- Their last two fixtures have seen under 2.5 goals.
Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona Prediction
Lucien Favre’s men have undoubtedly been a force to reckon with on home soil and have failed to pick up a win just once in their previous eight games. The home team have not been shy in racking up the goals tally either and have already scored eleven goals from their previous three clashes alone.
Despite the admirable statistics, it needs saying that they are up against a visiting side that has not been at the losing end in any of their last three overall clashes. Also, Valverde’s side have bagged twelve goals from those fixtures alone, two of which came from their trips on the road.
Considering that Dortmund have never got the better of this opponent in any of their previous clashes as well, Barcelona are sizing up as the favorites to come away with the victory in this one. However, Dortmund have been showing real signs of promise in their recent games.
With a four-match winning streak at home also under their belt, there is a possibility that they might be able to force Barcelona to share the spoils with them at the most, as a win is definitely out of the question.
Seven of the last nine goals for Dortmund at home, and the only two away goals that the visitors have scored so far have come in the latter forty-five minutes of the game. With both teams proving that they are much more clinical post the restart, count on at least two goals or more in the second half without fail
Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona Betting tips
Double chance: Draw or Barcelona @ 1.40 (2/5)
Over 1.5 second-half goals @ 1.70 (7/10).