Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City – Champions League, April 14, 2021
Let’s face it – the fact that Borussia Dortmund still has a chance to upset the odds against Manchester City is a success in itself for the German side.
The majority of soccer fans expected Man City to thrash Dortmund in the first leg. Yet, Pep Guardiola’s men required a 90th-minute Phil Foden winner to secure a narrow 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium last week.
The teams clash at Signal Iduna Park for the Champions League quarter-final’s second leg on Wednesday, April 14. After looking at the bookmakers’ odds, I will give my Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City prediction and pick.
Dortmund vs. Man City Odds (Second Leg)
It’s safe to say that the top-rated online sports betting sites haven’t sprung any surprises with their Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City odds for the second leg.
Man City (1.64) is the heavy favorite to complete the job on Wednesday, while Dortmund (4.75) will need to produce a massive performance to get the better of the soon-to-be EPL champions.
Previewing the Match
When Marco Reus netted an 84th-minute equalizer last week, Dortmund looked set to come away from the first leg with a hugely important draw. But there is no denying that BVB deserved to lose the game in the grand scheme of things.
Dortmund was on the back foot for most of the match and only managed to record three shots on target. Having finished the first leg with just 38% possession, I think Edin Terzic’s men can count themselves lucky only to be trailing by one goal.
Despite going behind against Stuttgart, BVB came out on the right end of a five-goal thriller last weekend. 17-year-old Jude Bellingham – who was arguably Dortmund’s best player in the first leg – opened his Bundesliga account on Saturday, scoring his side’s first goal in the 3-2 victory.
Still, Dortmund remains seven points outside the top four in the German top-flight and 19 points behind frontrunner Bayern Munich.
Following the narrow first-leg win, Guardiola named a much-changed starting XI for Leeds United’s visit at the weekend – and the Man City head coach ultimately paid the price for his team selection.
The Cityzens suffered just their fourth Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday, despite seeing 72% of the ball. Man City recorded a whopping 29 shots, while Leeds only registered two. But the visitors managed to claim a shock 2-1 victory.
However, let’s not forget that the EPL champions-elect remain 11 points clear at the summit. Saturday’s loss will only prove to be a minor bump in the road.
When it comes to the Champions League, Guardiola’s men have been outstanding this term. Not only have they scored 19 goals across nine UCL games, but they have also conceded just twice.
Averaging just over 2.1 goals per game in the Champions League this season, it is no surprise that Man City is the clear favorite to win the second leg.
Dortmund vs. Man City Prediction and Pick
Manchester City to Win1.64
I expect Dortmund to come out fighting on Wednesday with a place in the UCL semi-finals at stake. Terzic’s men must take the game to Man City, although I can’t see them qualifying for the last four.
Having suffered a surprise loss to Leeds at the weekend, Guardiola will be looking for a big response from his players. I’m backing the Cityzens to expose BVB’s leaky backline and continue their quest for Champions League glory.