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Real Madrid vs Dortmund - Match Preview

05 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Group H
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Group H

Real Madrid

  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D

vs

Kick-off
19:45 GMT
06 December 2017

Borussia Dortmund

  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • D

Kick-off
19:45 GMT 06 December 2017

This week is the final match week of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage but one group that won’t see any changes in terms of which sides will qualify is Group H. Tottenham and Real Madrid have already secured first and second place respectively and it’s the latter who face 3rd-placed Dortmund in the final group game as the German side look to confirm a place in the Europa League.

STATS

  • Real Madrid have been uncharacteristically poor so far this season and currently sit 4th in La Liga along with being beaten by Tottenham to top spot in Group H. They have only dropped points against the English side as they drew 1-1 at home before being comfortably brushed aside 3-1 at Wembley. They can’t finish top on the final match week due to the head-to-head ruling that has been introduced.
  • Like Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund have had a poor opening few months in all competitions and they aren’t even in the Champions League places in the Bundesliga. They have also only picked up two points in the group so far and these both came in poor performances against a much more inferior APOEL side. They’re not even close to breaking into the top two.
  • Despite his lack of form in the league, Cristiano Ronaldo has been on fire in Europe and with eight goals in his five games, he is the competition’s leading goal scorer.
  • Beneath Ronaldo in the scoring charts, there are four players with six goals. One of those is Spurs striker, Harry Kane who is having another great season in front of goal.

HEAD TO HEAD

Real Madrid and Dortmund have faced off in the Champions League on a number of occasions in recent years and they both enjoyed success. In the nine meetings since 2012, Los Blancos have won three and so have the German side with three draws making up the final meetings. The most recent fixture earlier this season saw Real Madrid run out 3-1 winners thanks to Ronaldo brace and a Gareth Bale goal. They were drawn in the same group last term as well and both games finished 2-2 and each of the last three matches have seen both sides scoring.

Head to head matches: Real Madrid - Borussia Dortmund

26.09.2017 UEFA Borussia Dortmund Real Madrid 1:3

REAL MADRID NEWS

Another win for the Spanish giants won’t mean they move up the group but it will bring some pride that they have lacked this season. Dani Carvajal is suspended for the clash while Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale may both feature on return from their respective injuries.

Latest matches: Real Madrid

02.12.2017 LaLi Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid 0:0 D
28.11.2017 Copa Real Madrid Fuenlabrada 2:2 D
25.11.2017 LaLi Real Madrid Malaga CF 3:2 W
21.11.2017 UEFA Apoel Nicosia FC Real Madrid 0:6 W
18.11.2017 LaLi Atletico Madrid Real Madrid 0:0 D

DORTMUND NEWS

A win for Dortmund would mean they almost confirm a place in the Europa League through finishing third. However, they have so many injury problems and a selection of the injured players include Marco Reus, Lukasz Piszczek and Mario Gotze among five other players, they might struggle as a result.

Latest matches: Borussia Dortmund

02.12.2017 Bund Bayer Leverkusen Borussia Dortmund 1:1 D
25.11.2017 Bund Borussia Dortmund FC Schalke 04 4:4 D
21.11.2017 UEFA Borussia Dortmund Tottenham Hotspur 1:2 L
17.11.2017 Bund VfB Stuttgart Borussia Dortmund 2:1 L
04.11.2017 Bund Borussia Dortmund Bayern Munich 1:3 L

SUMMARY

Despite having very little to play for, Real Madrid will still want to finish the group stage on a high note and hopefully use it as a confidence booster. They are favourites to take the three points even though Dortmund still have something on the line to fight for. Both teams are expansive attacking sides and will expect to score and it could be an entertaining game.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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