Borussia Dortmund Vs Real Madrid - This semi-final of the Champion League is a bit weaker than one that is on the schedule a day before, although there are no doubt we will see two great matches. However, Borussia is in Bayern’s shadow in Bundesliga and Real in Barcelona’s in La Liga and because of that fact, this semi-final is a weaker one.
Borussia and Real have already met in the group stage and then the German team showed a lot more, and consequently won in Dortmund with 2-1, while in Madrid the game ended 2-2. These two teams played against each other in 2003 and then it was 1-1 in Dortmund. Last weekend both teams achieved routine home wins in domestic championships. Begins: 24.04.2013 – 20:45 CET
Borussia is in good form ahead of most important matches of the season. Particularly important will be the first one, because they play it at home and will need a good game to achieve an advantage for the rematch in Madrid. In the quarterfinals they played against the Spanish Malaga, but then had been declared frontrunners but almost paid that qualification with elimination. As guests have outplayed the opponents, however, they didn’t score a goal, but in the rematch have underestimated Malaga and won the semi-final with goals scored in the finish of the match. For them it was a great school, which significantly raised their self-confidence, and they very securely won next two championships games. Next-to-last Furth was defeated with 6-1 in the away game, and on last Saturday they were stronger than Mainz for two goals (2-0). Interestingly, the coach Klopp decided that both of those matches play with a pretty strong team, although are securely second in the table and there is no need for extra points. Against Furth he rested Reus, Subotic, Schmelzer and S.Bender and on last Saturday there was no only lightly injured Bender, while all other players did play and the same team will play against Real Madrid, with just one change where Sahin will replace Bender.
Probable lineups Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – S.Bender, Gundogan – Blaszczykowski, M.Gotze, Reus – Lewandowski
Real is in a similar situation like Borussia when it comes to the championship, but they are not cemented in the second place and will have to fight for it. The title is lost, and the Cup remains, but above all is the Championship League where ambition is the tenth title, which they have been waiting for 11 years. They went through the quarter-finals without much trouble, although they were defeated by Galatasaray in Istanbul, but they won the first match in Madrid with 3-0. In the meanwhile, they do routine work in the national championship, and have fairly easy and conceivably won in two previous rounds. In Bilbao have won with 3-0, but a very strong lineup played, led by Ronaldo, who scored two goals. Against Betis on last Saturday, however, the team was changed, so Casemiro and Nacho played, who are normally part of a reserve team, but they nevertheless won with 3-1, but they paid the price with injuries of Marcela and Modric, who will not play in Dortmund. Suspended Arbeloa will be absent too, meaning that Sergio Ramos could go to the right flank and Pepe on the stopper position, while the biggest dilemma will be between Benzema and Higuain in top of the attack.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Diego Lopez – Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Fabio Coentrao – Khedira, Xabi Alonso – di Maria, Ozil, C.Ronaldo – Higuain(Benzema)
Borussia Dortmund Vs Real Madrid Pick
Borussia this season has shown that it can play against Real Madrid, and will attack first full of confidence possibly scoring a goal or two, but we don’t believe Madrid will watch that indifferently, which in the end will turn this match into a very effective one.
Tip: Over 2.5
Tip: Both team to score