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UEFA Champions League

  • April 4, 2013
  • • 02:45
  • • Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 28548
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Malaga-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Dark horses clash at La Rosaleda

Malaga-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Dark horses clash at La Rosaleda

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Both sides have made astonishing progress in Europe this season and meet one another hoping to take one step towards the semi-finals

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MALAGA
 
Caballero
Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes
Toulalan, Iturra
Joaquin, Baptista, Isco
Saviola
DORTMUND
 
Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski

Malaga can be expected to name much the same team that played against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Vitorino Antunes will continue at left-back in the place of long-term injury victim, Eliseu, who is their only major absence.

They are expected to shuffle the pack up front, though. Joaquin is likely to push out to the right wing, with Julio Baptista dropping back into the No.10 role, with either Javier Saviola or Roque Santa Cruz replacing Pedro Morales in the XI.

Borussia Dortmund will have the fortune of being able to field Marcel Schmelzer, who broke his nose against Stuttgart on Saturday, but can wear a protective mask and play with the injury.

Mats Hummels has been training, but is unlikely to be risked at centre-back, with Felipe Santana set to continue. Ilkay Gundogan and Sven Bender should be given the nod in midfield over Sebastian Kehl and Nuri Sahin.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Malaga have never faced German opposition in Europe before.

  • Coach Manuel Pellegrini (pictured, right) also took Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League in their debut campaign in the competition back in 2005-06.
  • Martin Demichelis and Roque Santa Cruz both played for Dortmund's arch rivals Bayern Munich.
  • Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 on their last two trips to Spain, against Real Madrid this season and Malaga's Andalusian rivals Sevilla in December 2010.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side are the only unbeaten team left in the Champions League this season, following Juventus' defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
  • Robert Lewandowski's winner against Stuttgart on Saturday was his ninth in his last nine Bundesliga games.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Málaga

Borussia Dortmund

Wins
0
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
Málaga Club de Fútbol Málaga
Draw
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
36%
16%
48%

Top 3 Predictions

Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
1 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
2 - 1
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
Málaga Club de Fútbol MAL
1 - 0
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB

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