Champions League Holders Real Madrid Face a Stiff Challenge at Signal Iduna Park
Dortmund have never lost to Real Madrid at home and they will be aiming to continue that run when the two sides meet in the Champions League on September 26. The Westfalen Stadion hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the current holders and after slipping up to Real Betis recently, they can’t afford another below-par performance here.
These two sides are familiar foes and have met a number of times in recent years. They’ve been drawn together in the competition during four of the last five seasons and Los Blancos are yet to triumph over their opponents in Germany. Last season, the two sides played out two entertaining draws, including a four-goal thriller here in September. Andre Schurrle popped up with a late equaliser to give the hosts a point and maintain the club’s unbeaten run in front of their own fans.
Dortmund went through as group winners last season although the La Liga outfit went on to beat Juventus 4-1 in the final. Zidane’s side started this season’s campaign with a straightforward-looking 3-0 success at the Bernabeu against APOEL, whilst the Bundesliga side slipped up against Spurs and they’ll be desperate to clinch their first three Champions League points of the season.
The hosts prepared for this contest in perfect fashion, with a thumping 6-1 success over Borussia Monchengladbach and will be aiming to make a quick start once again. Home advantage will be key for this match and with Dortmund’s superb support always able to create a wall of noise, they are likely to take at least a point from this game. They are 41 games unbeaten here and Real Madrid will have their work cut out if they wish to end that magnificent record.
You can find details of all of the top Australian bookmakers here at BettingTop10, including Bet Star, who make Real Madrid marginal favourites for this tie at 2.30 with Dortmund priced at 2.70.