Man Metropolis’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple rumbles on after they welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad Stadium for this Champions League quarterfinal first leg.
Here is all it’s worthwhile to know forward of kickoff at 21:00 CAT.
✅ The successful behavior
Man Metropolis has received a staggering 26 of their final 27 aggressive video games, and 21 of these wins had been by two objectives or extra, the one blip in that sequence coming towards Man United within the Premier League at the beginning of March.
Metropolis’s dominant show in a 2-0 win on the King Energy Stadium over Leicester stretched their lead on the summit of the desk to 17 factors on the time. It is now merely a query of when, reasonably than if, for the champions-elect.
😳 Dortmund out of the highest 4 in Germany
The guests have conceded precisely twice in three of their final 4 matches, protecting only a solitary clear sheet of their final 5, a sequence that has seen them fall out of the Bundesliga title race and now they’re fretting to even make the Champions League locations, some seven factors adrift of fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.
🏆 Metropolis determined for continental success
Pep Guardiola is determined to finish Metropolis’s elusive anticipate the Champions League title however first, he should steer them past the quarterfinals, one thing they haven’t managed in any of the final three seasons as their European journeys ended on the last eight phases in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
⚔️ New-found defensive solidity
Guardiola’s facet has now stored seven Champions League clear sheets in succession, final conceding 706 minutes in the past– solely Arsenal (995 minutes) has bettered that file in UCL historical past.
🤖 Haaland up towards one among his admirers
You get the sensation, although, that Metropolis’s sequence of defensive austerity will come underneath extreme scrutiny towards match top-scorer Erling Haaland.
The 20-year-old Norwegian sensation has netted in his final six continental appearances for Dortmund and will comply with within the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani and Ruud van Nistelrooy if he scores for the seventh sport working on the Etihad.
🗞 Staff information
🌃 Man Metropolis
João Cancelo and Fernandinho are each a reserving away from lacking the second leg of this quarterfinal though the latter is predicted to begin on the bench anyway. Pep Guardiola has a clear invoice of well being and a wealth of choices in every place.
🧮 Probably XI (4-3-3):
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Mendy; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Silva, Sterling, Foden
🐝 Borussia Dortmund
Former Man Metropolis starlet Jadon Sancho will play no half towards his former employers because of a thigh downside, though there’s optimism over his availability for the second leg on April 14. Dan-Axel Zagadou and Axel Witsel are each dominated out. Jude Bellingham will likely be pushing for a begin again on English soil whereas 16-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko will likely be assessed.
🧮 Probably XI (4-1-4-1):
Hitz; Can, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Delaney; Hazard, Bellingham, Dahoud, Reus; Haaland
🔑 Key stats
- Man Metropolis has scored at the least twice in every of their final three UCL outings.
- 5 of Dortmund’s final six UCL matches have featured over 2.5 objectives.
- Kevin De Bruyne has assisted 4 objectives and scored one in three UCL appearances this time period.
- Man Metropolis’s ex-Dortmund man Ilkay Gundogan has netted in 5 of his final six video games for membership and nation.
- Erling Haaland is the competitors’s main goalscorer (ten objectives) and has netted 5 occasions throughout Dortmund’s final 4 UCL away matches.
💶 Finest wager: City win & over 2.5 goals
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