Milan is set to face off against Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling Round 5 match of the Champions League at the iconic San Siro stadium.
Milan's journey in the Champions League this season didn't kick off on the best note, finding themselves in the 3rd position on the points table.
However, their fortunes took a turn for the better in the previous match, where they staged a remarkable comeback, securing a 2-1 victory against the formidable PSG. This win not only boosted their spirits but also revitalized their hopes of making it to the knockout stage of the tournament.
On the flip side, Dortmund has been dominating the points table, currently holding the top spot. They have displayed impressive prowess by securing consecutive victories against Newcastle, firmly taking command of their destiny in the Champions League.
Dortmund's attacking prowess was on full display in their last match, with goals from Fullkrug and Brandt sealing the victory. The top bookmakers in India have fantastic Champions League odds with them.
Dortmund consistently maintains an impressive average of 1.82 goals per match, signaling a strong likelihood of them finding the net in the first half of the game.
The betting tip is...
Dortmund to score a goal in the first half.
The team is gearing up for an exciting Champions League campaign, boasting standout additions in the form of Reijnder and Calabria. Notably, Reijnder showcases an impressive shot-on-target accuracy of 11.9%, while Calabria brings in a solid 8.5%.
However, there's a bit of suspense concerning the availability of key players Simon Kjær and Christian Pulisic.In unfortunate news, players like Rafael Leao, Pierre Kalulu, Mattia Caldara, and Marco Sportiello won't be taking the field due to injuries.
Simon Kjær is doubtful to start for Milan.
Predicted Lineup: Maignan, Calabria, Thiaw, Tomori, Hernández, Musah, Krunic, Reijnders, Noah Okafor, Pobega, Giroud
Dortmund is facing a significant hurdle as key players such as Mateu Morey, Julien Duranville, Gregor Kobel, and Felix Nmecha are grappling with injuries.
On a brighter note, Brandt has emerged as a standout player, making substantial contributions with a total of 11 goals and assists in the attacking department. His performance has been stellar, and he is certainly a player to watch in this game.
Marco Reus might start for Dortmund.
Predicted Lineup: Kobel, Sule, Ramy Bensebaini, Schlotterbeck, Ryerson, Reyna, Ozcan,Sabitzer, Donyell Malen, Füllkrug, Brandt/Reus.
Dortmund is currently riding a wave of outstanding form, and much of the credit is owed to the dynamic duo of Ramy Bensebaini and Donyell Malen.
Bensebaini's remarkable 18.6% shots-on-target rate showcases his precision, while Donyell, with a combined offensive contribution of 6 goals and assists, solidifies them as a formidable attacking force capable of unsettling any opponent. Moreover, Dortmund's average possession of 55.31% indicates their capability to dictate and control the flow of the game.
However, it's crucial not to underestimate Milan, especially on their best days. Giroud, with an impressive offensive contribution of 11, poses a significant threat, and their goalkeeper Maignan, who has made a noteworthy 31 saves, adds another layer of challenge for Dortmund.
Despite this, the undeniable truth is that Dortmund boasts a more talented squad and tactical prowess, establishing them as the favorites to emerge victorious in this thrilling encounter.