Borussia Dortmund - Chelsea prediction
Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea have a lot in common.
As they have had a pretty solid business relationship in the past and several players connecting them.
This Wednesday night they will share the pitch in a Champions League round of 16 match.
The odds are almost equal. Being the only home team gives BVB a slight advantage in this match.
Both teams have injured players. But this will not be an alibi in case of elimination.
Although these two teams are constantly on the European stage, they have not met in the past.
This will be their first official meeting against each other.
Dortmund are my pick here. Their form is better and their chemistry is much greater than at Chelsea.
The Blues may be better individually than Borussia, but they haven't played together for too long.
Besides, this is about home field advantage. And BVB is using it very well this year.
"Signal Iduna Park" and the atmosphere there are unique in Europe.
They play a huge role in Dortmund's results this season. And that will have a huge impact in this match.
Even more so given the fact that Chelsea have recorded poor results away from Stamford Bridge (0-3-5 in their last 8 visits).
Borussia Dortmund is in top form - 8 wins in a row
Borussia Dortmund have been in incredible form since the end of the World Cup.
As it has won all six of its games since the resumption of the season.
Five of these victories were in the Bundesliga championship and one was for the German Cup.
I have to say that the Yellow and Black are playing very well and we haven't seen them at such a high level for a long time.
In each of these six matches, Borussia Dortmund scored at least twice , winning some very difficult games.
Like the away game in Leverkusen with 2-0, as well as in Bremen also with 2-0.
And in the tournament for the German Cup, they reached the 1/4-finals, eliminating Bochum.
Dortmund kicks off at Signal Iduna Park
In recent home matches, Borussia Dortmund's players have been more than effective.
The first was against Augsburg – 4-3. And the second against Freiburg – 5-1.
Overall, this team is making much better plays now than before the World Cup.
Dortmund team news
In the BVB camp, Wolff is injured. As well as Mukoko, who also has disputes with management.
Kamara, Mori and Rote are also injured.
Chelsea are in poor form with 1-4-3 in 8 games
Chelsea are far from their best days, remaining with just one win in their last 8 official games.
As his previous three matches ended without a winner.
Twice without goals - at Anfield against Liverpool and at home to Fulham.
Last Saturday we saw them draw 1-1 in the London derby against West Ham away.
The Chelsea manager is on target
These, I would say, mediocre results of late have fueled the ferment against Chelsea coach Graham Potter.
Who only had about a month of comfort after his appointment in the fall.
Actually, the fans are absolutely right. Because the Blues are far from the Top 4 positions in the Premier League.
And their only chance to play next year in the Champions League is if they manage to win the current edition of the tournament.
Chelsea team news
Kante is questionable for the Londoners. While Kovacic, Zakaria, Pulisic, Fofana and Mendy will not play.
It would be much easier for manager Potter if he had Kante at least. But his situation is not encouraging.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Male; Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Kan.; Adeyemi, Reus, Brandt; Haller
Injured: Mukoko, Wolff, Kamara, Moray
Lineup: Arizabalaga; James, Silva, Coulibaly, Chilwell; Loftus-Cheek, Fernandez; Mount, Felix, Mudrick; Havertz
Injured: Kante, Pulisic, Broja, Mendy
Questionable: Fofana, Kovacic, Zakaria, Sterling, Koulibaly