Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Manchester City will look to retain top position in Group G when they take on Borussia Dortmund in a highly-anticipated Champions League game. Man City faced no difficulties in a 4-0 crushing of Sevilla, and they are seen as hot favourites to beat the Yellow-Blacks as well. Keep in mind, though, that Pep Guardiola can’t count on defensive trio Laporte – Walker – Stones for Wednesday’s clash.
The Bundesliga side, on the other hand, outplayed Copenhagen 3-0 in their Champions League opener, but they will have a mountain to climb at Etihad Stadium. Since Borussia experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Leipzig, home win should be considered. All Thorgan Hazard, Mahmoud Dahoud, and Mateu Morey miss out with injuries, while summer signing Sebastian Haller is out of contention through illness. Both Karim Adeyemi and Donyell Malen are major doubts.
Highlighted Player (Nathan Ake):
Ake is a professional footballer who plays for the Dutch National Team and AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League. The versatile defender who was born on the 18th of February, 1995, started his youth career in 2003 with local club ADO Den Haag. He then moved to Feyenoord in 2007 before joining Chelsea's youth academy four years later.
Ake made his first professional appearance at the age of 17, playing for the Blues in a 0-1 away victory against Norwich on the 26th of December, 2012. Barring a few starts and substitute appearances, Ake spent his next few years at Chelsea mostly in the reserves before being sent out on a one month loan to Reading in 2015. Upon his return, he immediately joined Watford on a season-long loan where his displays earned him the Watford's young player of the season award. Another successful loan spell at Bournemouth succeeded his time at Watford before Chelsea recalled him in January 2017.
At the start of the 17/18 season, the 24-year-old rejoined his current club Bournemouth permanently on a five-year contract worth 20 million pounds. On the International stage, Ake has represented the Netherlands at every youth level and has even captained the under-17 and under-19 sides. He made his first senior appearance on the 31st of May, 2017, featuring in Hollands 2-1 friendly win over Morocco.
Highlighted Team (Borussia Dortmund):
1909 by eighteen footballers from Dortmund. Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) play their home games at Signal Iduna Park, but the stadium’s original name is Westfalenstadion. The capacity of Borussia’s home ground is 81,539 and it has to be noted that the stadium was opened in 1974. BVB have the highest average attendance in the world of football.
Borussia Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga trophies, while clinching the German Cup title three times.
However, the club’s biggest success came in 1997 when they outplayed Juventus in the Champions League final. Karl-Heinz Riedle scored a brace for BVB in the 3-1 win over Juve, with Lars Ricken finding the net in the title game as well. Borussia’s biggest rivals are Schalke 04 and the two teams square off against each other in the Revierderby.