Malaga vs Borussia Dortmund Preview April 3rd

by Punter's Hero on April 3, 2013

in Football, Latest News

Spanish club Malaga will be at home at the Estadio La Rosaleda on Wednesday April 3rd as they host German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie. This is the very first season Malaga have played in the Champions League and the underdogs are hoping to keep up their surprising run. They’re also doing well in the Spanish La Liga and sit sixth in the table. Dortmund is in second place in Germany, but they’re a huge 20 points adrift of league-leading Bayern Munich.

William Hill has the latest odds of a Malaga win at 12/5 with a Dortmund victory at 6/5 and a draw at 11/5

Malaga is coming off of a 3-1 road victory over Rayo Vallecano on the weekend and was able to rest striker Javier Saviola of Argentina in the contest to keep him fresh for this match. Malaga advanced to the round-of-16 stage after winning their group and then beat Portuguese side Porto on aggregate by a 2-1 score to reach the last eight. Dortmund won on the weekend as well as they beat Stuttgart 2-1 on the road. Dortmund also won their Champions League group over teams such as Ajax, Real Madrid, and Manchester City. They then beat Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk 5-2 on aggregate in the round-of-16 to make the quarterfinals.

Dortmund will have to mark Isco closely as the Malaga midfielder has eight goals on the season in La Liga as well as three more in the Champions League. The 20-year-old is regarded as one of Europe’s top young players and several bigger clubs are looking to lure him away from Malaga. For Dortmund, the most dangerous player this season is Polish striker Robert Lewandowski. The 24-year-old has managed to score 20 goals so far in the Bundesliga in 24 games. He’s also slammed in five more in the Champions League and is a target of many big clubs.

Remarkably, it looks like both clubs are healthy for this match and the managers have a full squad to choose from. Dortmund’s Marcel Schmelzer suffered a broken nose on the weekend against Stuttgart, but is still expected to play and the status of Mats Hummels is actually up in the air.

The teams have never faced each other in the past so it will be interesting to see how this contest unfolds. Malaga has home-pitch advantage in this leg and will need to do well with it if they hope to keep their run alive. They go into the game with two wins, two draws and a loss in their past five games while Dortmund has four wins and a loss.

Malaga has never even faced a German club before in a competitive game while Dortmund has drawn their last two matches in Spain. Dortmund has yet to lose in the Champions League this season and it’s doubtful they’ll lose their first game of the tournament here either.

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