The Champions League is back and we are eager to kick start the action in the round of 16 stage. One of the highly anticipated matches is between Dortmund and Chelsea, which will be their first-ever meeting in the Champions League. Both teams have not enjoyed the best of seasons so far, but if they manage to get into the latter stages of the Champions League, that might spark them back to form.
In this blog, we are going to focus on Dortmund V Chelsea, and we hope that you’ll enjoy our perspective on what might go down during the two matches and some betting tips to help you in your betting experience with LV BET.
Borussia Dortmund are recovering from the sale of Erling Haaland, as any team that loses a pivotal player such as the big Norwegian will struggle to once again be competitive on the biggest stage. A young star in Youssoufa Moukoko has sparked some joy in the yellow and blacks squad. One of the most sought-after talents is Jude Bellingham, and most of the Premier League clubs are trying to get his signature, especially after making an impression in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In the first game, the German side will hope to make their home support count in order to take an advantage to the second game. Its dynamic attack can cause huge trouble to the ageing back line of Chelsea, which, as we have seen in previous games, is very slow to react to various scenarios during the game. One of the biggest aspects of the game that Dortmund needs to perfect in order to get the upper hand is the duel in the middle of the pitch, and with Jude Bellingham, they will surely be well-positioned to get the upper hand.
A very difficult season so far for the Blues, a lot of change and turmoil on and off the pitch is never an ingredient for success. Thomas Tuchel was sacked a couple of games into the season after a new owner wanted to stamp their mark on the club, and they brought in Graham Potter. The methods that the new manager has introduced are yet to show onto the team, and one of the biggest drawbacks is that the team is over-reliant on the fitness of Reece James.
Other signings that are yet to make a positive impact on the team are Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling, who is still trying to replicate his form with Manchester City. The football on show from Chelsea has been branded as boring and miles away from the football played under Thomas Tuchel when they won the Champions League. This season, after a tricky opening game, they managed to recover to top the group; they were aided by very questionable refereeing when they faced Milan when Fikayo Tomori, the former Blue, was sent off for light contact on Mason Mount.
It will be a difficult game for Chelsea, but they will take confidence in knowing that their opponents are also enduring a sticky spell and they can capitalise on shortcomings in their defence. We are pricing Chelsea to qualify for the next round at 7/15 (1.47) whilst being priced at 19/4 (5.75) to win with a correct score of 1-0.
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