Tip Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge
Borussia Dortmund will aim at extending their leadership of Group F of the UEFA Champions League when they get to host Club Brugge on Match Day 4. Going to the game, Dortmund have six points at the top of the pile and third placed Brugge have four, as both eye a place in the second round. Dortmund returned to winning ways over the weekend, beating Hertha Berlin 5-2 in the Bundesliga after their 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich earlier. This was the sixth straight time that Borussia Dortmund scored two or more goals in a game and their seventh win in 10 matches. Seven of their last 10 matches have also produced over 2.5 goals and they have conceded two or more goals in four of their last 10 matches, with the remaining six ending in clean sheets. A star performer for Dortmund has been Erling Haaland. He goes to this clash with eight goals in his last five matches, after scoring four in the 5-2 win over Hertha. The Norwegian scored twice in the 3-0 away win over Brugge and will definitely be fired up for this game. Playing at home, Dortmund have four wins and four clean sheets in the last five matches and have scored two or more in five straight home games. They have been consistent in scoring in the Champions League too, hitting the back of the net in eight of the last 10 matches in the competition and in the three matches this season, the German side has already scored six. Dortmund are unbeaten in five Champions League games at home, winning each of the last four and scoring nine goals in the process. They have one loss and six wins in their last nine Champions League matches at home.
Club Brugge claimed back to back wins over Dortmund in 2003 but haven’t beaten the Germans competitively since. In their last three Champions League meetings, Brugge have not even scored a goal, losing two and drawing one. Heading to this game, Brugge know a win is very crucial if they want to advance, with second placed Lazio expected to beat Zenit in the group’s other match. The Belgian side warmed up for this crucial game with a 1-0 win over Kortijk in their domestic league, their second straight win since the 3-0 home loss to Dortmund. They will hope that run inspires them against one of the toughest away sides to face in Europe. The two wins are Brugge’s only wins in their last six matches, and the most recent one also presented their only clean sheet in eight matches. They have conceded two or more goals in three of their last six matches but the 3-0 loss to Dortmund is the only time they have failed to score in their last 13 matches. Surprisingly, Brugge have done well away from home, with six wins and one loss in the last eight, and this is the run they will need to carry to the Champions League. They have one win in nine Champions League matches and have no clean sheet in the last eight. Away from home in the Champions League, Brugge have 12 losses and four wins in their last 21 matches but have lost just one in the last eight.
Key points Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge
Club Brugge have one loss in their last eight away Champions League matches.
Borussia Dortmund have scored two or more goals in their last six games.
Club Brugge have failed to score in one of the last 13 matches.
Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in five straight Champions League matches at home.
Club Brugge have conceded two or more goals in three of their last six matches.
Conclusion Borussia Dortmund - Club Brugge
Both these sides have a chance to advance to the second round and will be playing out for that. A win for either side will turn very crucial and we expect both sides to go for the kill. Dortmund have dismantled teams in attack lately, and Erling Haaland has been a key man in their frontline. He has eight goals in the last five matches and will be the man to watch here again. While Club Brugge have done well in their recent away matches, this presents a very different challenge and looking at Dortmund’s recent run, we don’t expect them bottle this, knowing too well a win here will be a guarantee of advancing. Brugge failed to score in their last meeting with Dortmund, but they have an impressive scoring run, while Dortmund have been a bit shaky at the back. We expect Brugge’s scoring run to continue here and in Erling Haaland’s scoring form, we believe he will hit a goal or more. A 3-1 win for Dortmund seems good here.
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Borussia Dortmund Club Brugge Prediction published on November 22, 2020