Preview - Borussia Dortmund vs Club Brugge 29 November 18

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Champions' League Group A
Borussia Dortmund vs. Club Brugge
Thursday, November 29th 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Westfalenstadion

Borussia Dortmund: 
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.92
Average goals against per match: 1.08
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (9)

Club Brugge:
Last five matches form: W D W L L
Average goals per match: 2.38
Average goals against per match: 1.19
Top Scorer: Wesley & Siebe Schrijvers (7)

The action continues in Germany this week as we reach the penultimate round of the Group stage in the Champions League. Any hopes Club Brugge have of making it through to the knockout stages are hanging by a thread. They aren't dead yet though and all they need to do to keep those dreams alive is travel to the Westfalenstadion and beat Borussia Dortmund……

The first game between the sides was pretty tight. Dortmund did come away from the Belgian capital with all three points, but only prevailed by a 1-0 score line.

Marcel Schmelzer misses out for the home side in this one. Club Brugge must make do without Jelle Vossen at the very least, with seven others in the squad facing late fitness tests.

The task facing Club Brugge is a formidable one here as Borussia Dortmund have quite simply been one of the form sides in Europe this season and are currently putting in a bold bid to dethrone Bayern Munich as German Champions. Dortmund have won nine and drawn one of their past ten games at home and have only been beaten once in their past 22, home or away.

Club Brugge have lost eight of their past ten away from home in the Champions League. Their sole win did come last time out when smashing Monaco 4-0. Monaco are a shell of a side at the minute though and this represents a huge step up ion class.

Club Brugge looked overmatched here and are expected to be put to the sword.




Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 5 - 1 Club Brugge

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  17 - 5
Shots on target: 7 - 1
Corner Kicks: 6 - 1
Possession: 72% - 28%

Just the one booking for each side in this one. Paco Alcacer of Borussia Dortmund and Stefano Denswill of Club Brugge the men to have their names taken by referee Gediminas Mazeika.

Everything about the stats of this game looked as you would expect with Dortmund finishing miles clear on total shots, shots on target and possession. For once though they couldn't find a way through a determined Clubb Brugge outfit. A spirited effort from the visitors.

This was attack versus defence for long periods, but that was probably to be expected, especially here at the Westfalenstadion. Both Christian Pulisic and Marco Reus ought to have done better early for the hosts. Pulisic hitting the keeper with his effort and Reus drifting the ball wide when bearing down on goal. 0-0 at the break.

The pattern of play continued in largely the same manner in the second half. Club Brugge really did defend very well here though, and its hard to think of a clear-cut chance for the hosts in the second half. The red-hot Paco Alcacer possibly ought to have done better with a couple of half chances but his golden touch, and that of his teammates, deserted him this evening. 0-0 final score.

As seemed likely when the draw was made, it is Atlético Madrid and Borussia Dortmund who make it through to the knockout stages from this group, with Atlético being the overwhelming favourites to top the section with one game to play. A big point for Brugge too though with this draw ensuring they have at least secured third position and a place in the Europa League.



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