Borussia Dortmund v Liverpool Betting Preview
It was almost inevitable that, at some stage, Borussia Dortmund would meet Liverpool in this season’s Europa League.
Jurgen Klopp returns to the Signal Iduna Park in a professional capacity for the first time since quitting as coach of Dortmund, where he won 180 of his 319 matches in charge, and this reunion has captured the German public’s imagination.
The Dortmund players are looking forward to welcoming their old boss, many of them having worked under Klopp for several years. Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin has a foot in both camps having spent several months on loan at Anfield from Real Madrid three years ago. But he’s one of many who insists there will be no room for sentiment in this tie with a place in the last four up for grabs.
Sahin should be fit to face Liverpool after a foot injury and Mats Hummels and Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos are also expected to start this first leg for the side currently second in the Bundesliga.
We have Borussia at 8/15 to win their home leg this week with Liverpool at 5/1 in our Full Time Result betting. Dortmund are 13/10 conceding a goal start in our Handicap odds – they beat Spurs 3-0 on home soil and a repeat of that scoreline is 8/1 in our Correct Score betting.
But the Reds have been disciplined in Europe this season, especially on the road. They are still unbeaten in the Europa League and have only conceded six goals in 12 matches. They actually thumped Dortmund 4-0 in a pre-season friendly at Anfield back in August when Daniel Sturridge was among the scorers. The Premier League side are looking a lot more potent now that the England striker has regained full fitness – Sturridge is 21/10 to be an Anytime Goalscorer in Dortmund.
Dortmund have failed to score in their last two European ties against Liverpool so the 5/1 we are offering about the Germans scoring 0 in our Goals Home Team might be worth a speculative wager.
The match kicks off at 8.05pm on Thursday, April 7 at the Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
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