Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City Preview: Premier League champions travel to Germany hoping for Europa League consolation
The Bundesliga side have already topped the group and qualified for the next round, while Roberto Mancini's team must win and hope that Real Madrid beat Ajax at home
By Husmukh Kerai
Piszczek, Hummels, Santana, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Maicon, Nastasic, Kompany, Zabaleta
Sinclair, Tevez, Nasri
Jurgen Klopp has an almost fully fit squad from which to select, with fringe players Chris Lowe and Patrick Owomoyela the only players sidelined with injury, but could rest some players with top spot already guaranteed.
Roberto Mancini will be without any recognised left-backs with Gael Clichy (ankle) and Aleksander Kolarov (groin) both likely to miss the trip to Dortmund. Maicon could fill in at right-back, with Pablo Zabaleta switching to the left - or Gareth Barry could switch to his former position.
James Milner (hamstring) is out after picking up an injury at Wigan last week, while Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) are still a while away from a first-team return. Mancini confirmed on Monday that Yaya Toure will not be involved, so Javi Garcia is likely to deputise.
The Italian boss will have one eye on Sunday's Manchester derby, so he could rest a few key players with one eye on the Premier League.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus (pictured) has scored the first goal of the game in three of his last four Champions League appearances.
- Dortmund have made more defensive clearances than any other team in the Champions League (248).
- The German outfit have conceded six goals from the 85th minute of games onward in their last seven Champions League matches, plus they have netted two in this period themselves. Bet365 offer 1/1 for the second half of this game to have more goals than the first.
Manchester City have won one and lost four of their previous European trips to Germany.
Dortmund have never been beaten by English opposition at home.
- Manchester City must beat Dortmund and hope that Ajax do not beat Real Madrid if they are to qualify to play in the Europa League after Christmas.
- Both teams are unbeaten in their past five games in all competitions.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Manchester City
- 15.25 %
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Manchester City
- 13.65 %
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Manchester City
- 11.74 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||4 Dec 2012||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Manchester City 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||3 Oct 2012||Manchester City 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||4 Aug 2010||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Manchester City 1|
|9 Mar 2014||SC Freiburg 0 - Borussia Dortmund 1||BUN|
|1 Mar 2014||Borussia Dortmund 3 - 1. FC Nürnberg 0||BUN|
|25 Feb 2014||Zenit 2 - Borussia Dortmund 4||UCL|
|22 Feb 2014||Hamburger SV 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0||BUN|
|15 Feb 2014||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0||BUN|
|28||Mohammad Mustafa Amini||Midfielder|
The German international is forging a huge reputation for himself on the biggest stage after joining Dortmnd from Borussia Mochengladbach in the summer. Reus' combination of pace and skill has seen him bag three goals in the Champions League already this term. Dortmund rely heavily on the attacking talents of Reus, Gotze and Lewandowski but the trio have come up with the goods more often than not for the German champions.
Roberto Mancini has recently challenged the former Arsenal man to rekindle the type of form he produced at the Emirates Stadium before his move to Manchester City. The Frenchman hasn't been a regular starter this season but expect him to be given a chance in Germany. Dortmund are unlikely to sit back so the Manchester City midfield should have space to operate in what should be an open encounter.
Expect the German champions to overcome Manchester City. In front of their own fans and despite having already qualified, Dortmund will want to prove their worth against a very expensively assembled City team. The visitors may not want to be in the Europa League, so may lack the motivation needed to earn a result against a side of Dortmund's quality.