CL Preview: Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund |H2H |Form| Prediction

The UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 will see English champions Manchester City host German Giants Borussia Dortmund. 

The clash at the Etihad stadium in Manchester will be the fifth time these two teams go head-to-head as Manchester city’s search for the first European Cup glory gathers pace. After now football was played on the weekend in England, City will be fresh and will look to dominate from the word go.

  • Manchester City’s only defeat of the season came in the FA Community Shield against Liverpool
  • Dortmund were beaten 3-0 on the weekend by RB Leipzig and will look to bounce back from that defeat
  • Both teams registered wins on Matchday 1 as City beat Sevilla 4-0 in Spain while Dortmund beat Copenhagen 3-0 at home
  • A host of former Dortmund boys including Erling Haaland, Manuel Akanji, and Sergio Gomez face their former side

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Head to Head

Overall the teams have met on four occasions in the past as City lead the affairs 2-1, with a solitary draw in the 2012-13 season. 

City won both the legs of the quarterfinal tie between the pair in April 2021. After winning the first leg 2-1, thanks to the goals from former Dortmund man İlkay Gündoğan and Riyad Mahrez, City would win the second leg by the same margin and advance to the later stage.

Whenever these two teams have met in the group stage, either of the team has gone on to play in the final. In the 2012-13 season, Dortmund made a remarkable run to the final of the Champions League while City did the same in 2021.

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Head to Head

FormatMatchesManchester City WinsBorussia Dortmund WinsDraws
Overall 4211
At Etihad Stadium2101

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund I Team News 

Man City defensive duo Kyle Walker and John Stones were both forced to miss the win over Sevilla due to niggling injuries, and Guardiola has been unable to affirm whether the pair will come back for this game or after the international break.

Fellow center-back Aymeric Laporte will definitely miss out, which should lead to a quick reunion for ex-Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji against his former club, as well as Sergio Gomez, who also applied his trade at the Westfalenstadion.

Meanwhile, Dortmund attacker Hazard only lasted 23 minutes of the clash with Copenhagen before having to come off with a thigh injury, but there is hope that the Belgian might be available for this game.

Reyna and Marius Wolf are on standby if Hazard is ruled out, and Dortmund's lengthy absentee list also includes Gregor Kobel, Sebastien Haller, Mahmoud Dahoud, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and Mateu Morey. 

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund Domestic Form

Manchester City were destined to face Spurs on the weekend, but with Queen Elizabeth’s sudden demise, the fixtures were postponed. City alongside Spurs are yet to be beaten in the Premier League. So far City have collected 14 points from a possible 18 and are second in the table.

Dortmund on the flip side, have lost two Bundesliga encounters as Edin Terzic’s side sits fifth in the table. Their defeat to Leipzig on the weekend was a bitter pill to swallow for the team, but the City game will be a perfect opportunity for them to bounce back. A visit to Etihad will also see former the German Giants shake hands with old foe Erling Haaland and Manuel Akanji.

Manchester City possible starting lineup:

Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Akanji, Gomez; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Grealish

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup:

Meyer; Meunier, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Ozcan, Bellingham; Brandt, Reus, Reyna; Modeste

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

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