After serving up a goalless draw in Spain, Borussia Dortmund and Malaga go into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with the tie tantalisingly poised.
The Germans spurned a number of good chances to bag themselves a valuable away goal, but have progressed on each occasion after three previous 0-0 first leg draws in European competition, and will be confident of finishing the job this time at a packed Westfalenstadion.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are the only unbeaten side left in the competition, and are clear 4/9 (1.44) favourites with Coral to continue their 100 per cent home record with a fifth consecutive win in front of their home fans.
Meanwhile, los Boquerones have surprised everyone in making it this far, and are considerable 7/1 (8.00) outsiders to pick up just their second win in their last seven Champions League fixtures.
Four of the visitors’ last six European games have finished all square, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them earning themselves a hard-fought draw in western Germany.
While the hosts are probably the neutrals’ favourites to come out on top in this fixture due to their crowd-pleasing brand of attractive football, it would be foolish to underestimate a Spanish side that are proving a tough nut to crack under Manuel Pellegrini’s canny leadership.
The Chilean tactician has turned his blend of journeyman professionals and promising youngsters into an extremely well-drilled outfit, and this combative nature has seen them lose just once in 11 games in their debut Champions League campaign, and that was by a slender 1-0 margin away to Porto.
The visitors are more than capable of frustrating their free-flowing hosts, and odds of 4/7 (1.57) look extremely tempting on them holding out to win with a two-goal positive handicap. This price could be taken as a single or as part of a multiple for those searching for bigger returns.
Robert Lewandowski was as wasteful as anyone for Dortmund in the first leg, but will be crucial to their hopes of making a breakthrough in their own back yard.
Only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Burak Yilmaz have scored more goals than the Polish striker in this season’s competition, and with seven goals in his last seven games, he is in good shape to add to his tally tonight.
A bet on the 24-year-old scoring last would have paid out in three of his previous five games, and looks to offer good value at odds of 10/3 (4.33) this evening.
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