Bundesliga sides Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich recommence their Champions League campaigns this month, with tricky second-round fixtures against Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal respectively. Both German sides will be confident of their odds of progressing to the quarter-finals, despite the quality of the opposition.
Dortmund qualified from the Champions League ‘group of death’ to take their place in the last 16, knocking out English powerhouses Manchester City against the odds en route. Jurgen Klopp’s men have attacking talent galore, with Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski in particular key threats.
Domestically the Signal Iduna Park outfit find themselves cut adrift and are an outside bet in the race to retain their Bundesliga title, with a 15-point deficit between themselves and league leaders Bayern. A humbling 4-1 home defeat to Hamburg in the build up to the game against Shakhtar is not exactly ideal preparation, and Klopp will expect more from his talented side come Wednesday night.
Shakhtar are a tried-and-tested opponent at this level, and should not be taken lightly. They have won 17 of their 18 domestic games this season, and also eliminated holders Chelsea in the group stages.
Bayern have been hurt by Dortmund’s dominance domestically over the last two seasons, but look set to regain the Bundesliga trophy this term. A 4-0 win over Schalke in their last game means Die Roten have won their last five games in all competitions without conceding a goal. Jupp Heynckes’ men have Wolfsburg, who are facing potential relegation according to betting odds, to face this weekend before taking on Arsenal next Tuesday night.
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