Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and Spain’s Malaga will battle it out on Tuesday April 9 for a coveted spot in the European Champions League semi final. The Bundesliga League side and the La Liga outfit drew the first leg of this tie 0-0 last week in Malaga. Dortmund now has the home field advantage and fully intend to use it in front of their fans at Signal-Iduna-Park.
Bet365 has the latest odds of a Malaga win at 13/2 with a Dortmund victory at 2/5 and a draw at 7/2
Malaga might count themselves unfortunate after the first leg as they were the better team. However, they couldn’t find the back of the net and that may come back to haunt them now. If this match ends up as a win for either team then they will advance to the last four. If it ends up in another 0-0 draw we’ll see extra time. However, if the game ends in a draw by any other score then Malaga will go through due to the away-goals rule.
Borussia Dortmund is hoping to get good news on the fitness Mats Hummels. He missed his team’s game on the weekend against Augsburg due to injury and the club is hoping he’ll be recovered in time to face Malaga. If he’s fit enough, he should play in the back four instead of Felipe Santana in defence. Dortmund managed to beat Augsburg 4-1 in that match. The status of Jakub Blaszczykowski is also up in the air and he’ll be a game time decision. If he’s healthy he could get the start in place of Kevin Grosskreutz.
Malaga will certainly have to play without the services of both Manuel Iturra and Weligton as they received yellow cards in the first leg and are now suspended for this game. It’s believed that Francisco Portillo, Sergio Sanchez, Pedro Morales and Seba Fernandez may start this match on the bench. Malaga is heading into this match after losing away to Real Sociedad 4-2 on the weekend.
Dortmund has gone into the second leg of playoff ties eight times after drawing the opening match and have advanced on six of those occasions. Manager Jurgen Klopp has been doing a good job with his club in this season’s Champions League since they’re the only undefeated team left in the event. Juventus was also unbeaten until Bayern Munich beat them 2-0 last week. They’ve won all of their four European home games so far this season and have allowed just one goal against in them.
Malaga has been held to draws twice before in Europe and they advanced both times after winning the away legs. This took place in the UEFA Cup back in the 2002/03 season when they beat AEK Athens and Leeds United. Manager Manuel Pellegrini is enjoying a surprising run in this year’s tournament considering it’s the first time Malaga has ever participated in the Champions League. He managed to lead Villareal to the last four seven years ago. However, they’ve managed just one road win in Europe this season.
Dortmund has won three, drawn one and lost one in their past five matches overall while Malaga has two wins, two losses and a draw. Look for the German side to win this match by a goal or two and advance to the semis.