Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Atlético Madrid 25 October 18

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Champions' League Group A
Borussia Dortmund vs. Atlético Madrid
Thursday, October 25th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 3.38
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (7)

Atlético Madrid:
Last five matches form: W D W W D
Average goals per match: 1.11
Average goals against per match: 0.56
Top Scorer: Thomas Lemar, Antoine Griezmann & Ángel Correa (2)

A real cracker in store at the Westfalenstadion on match day three in this seasons Champions League as Borussia Dortmund play host to Atlético Madrid.

Riding high atop the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund are positively flying at present. Lucien Favre's men arrive here on a seven-game winning streak and are unbeaten in their last 14 in all competitions, including two wins out of two in this competition. Even more impressively, not only have they won each of their past seven games, they have also scored four or more goals in six of those fixtures.

If there is one team in Europe built to withstand the yellow attacking wave though then it is surely Atlético Madrid. Diego Simeone's men arrive here on a pretty good run of their own. Unbeaten in eight in all competitions, they are also a perfect two from two in the Champions League having beaten Club Brugge and Monaco.

Manuel Akanji is the only confirmed absentee for Dortmund. Atlético look to have a fully fit squad from which to select.

Given how long these sides have been knocking around the top tiers of European football, this will surprisingly be the first meeting between the sides.

This looks like an absolute classic attack vs defence encounter, and whilst we wouldn't be all that surprised to see it go either way, it is Borussia Dortmund who have impressed us that bit more this season and we fancy the home side to come out on top.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 - 1 Atlético Madrid


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 4 - 0
Shots:  10 - 9
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 42% - 58%

Abdou Diallo and Dan-Axel Zagadou were booked for the home side. Thomas, Thomas Lemar, Filipe Luis, Diego Costa and Angel Correa of Atlético Madrid also had their names taken by referee Anthony Taylor.

A big statement result from Borussia Dortmund in this one as they completely took apart one of the most fabled defences on the continent. They may have been behind on the possession statistics, but they were in front almost everywhere else and will be a match for anyone in this sort of form.

It did take Borussia a while to make the breakthrough despite having the better of the early chances, and there was undoubtedly an element of good fortune about their opener in the 38th minute. Axel Witsel firing low on goal from 25 yards and a hefty deflection completely wrongfooting keeper Jan Oblak. 1-0 at the break.

Saul Niguez went close for Atlético early in the second half with a wonderful curled effort that came back of the angle of post and bar, but that's really as good as it got for the visitors.

The second came in the 73rd minute. Achraf Hakimi finding space to cross low into the area from the left and finding Raphael Guerreiro in stride to sweep home from around seven yards.

Again Atlético struck the post, this time through substitute Ángel Correa, and again Borussia made them rue their missed opportunity.

Two became three in the 82nd minute. A lightning quick counter seeing Hakimi race into the Madrid area before playing the ball across the keeper for Jadon Sancho to tap in.

Still time for one more one minute from time. Woeful defending from Atlético who rather than clear simply played the ball into the path of Guerreiro who dispatched into the bottom right for his second of the night. 4-0 final score.

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