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After winning their leagues in style last season, the German and Dutch champions will be hoping to get off to a good start in Europe. Al Hain-Cole expects a high-scoring encounter

While most eyes will be focused on tonight's showdown between Real Madrid and Manchester City, the other game in Group D also sees a clash between two champions.

Jurgen Klopp and Frank De Boer have established themselves as two of Europe's brightest managers in recent years, after achieving great success with exciting young sides at Borussia Dortmund and Ajax respectively.

Despite conquering the Bundesliga, Dortmund were disappointing on their return to the Champions League last season after an eight year absence, so they will have a point to prove at the Westfalenstadion this evening.

The hosts have won 11 of their last 13 competitive games at their inspirational home ground, and are overwhelming favourites at 41/11 (1.41) with Pan Bet to clinch another victory this evening.

Ajax have not got past the group stages of this competition since the 2005-06 season, so they will be eager to go some way to ending that record with a win tonight, available at 77/10 (8.70).

Dortmund kicked off their Champions League campaign with a draw at home to Arsenal this time last year, and you can get odds of 79/20 (4.95) on them opening with a solitary point this year.

With the likes of Marco Reus, Christian Eriksen, Mario Goetze and Siem De Jong on display, we should see plenty of silky attacking play in this game.

This firepower saw the two sides score more goals than anyone else in their respective leagues last season, with the combined goal tally for their title-winning campaigns standing at an impressive 174 in 68 games.

While Dortmund have not failed to score since March, their visitors have hit the back of the net in every game since February, so backing both to grab a goal tonight seems like money for old rope at generous 17/20 (1.85) odds.

Although German starlets like Reus, Goetze and Hummels usually steal the limelight for Dortmund, the contribution of winger Jakub Blaszczkowski should not be underestimated.

The captain of Poland plays an integral role in the German champions' blistering attacking play, and he has been in fine form in front of goal recently.

With three goals in his last four games, it is worth having a punt on the former Wisla Krakow man to strike this evening, at anytime odds of 11/5 (3.20).

 
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Both teams to score at 17/20 (1.85) with Panbet
Blaszczkowski to score anytime at 11/5 (3.20) with Panbet


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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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