Borussia Dortmund vs. Monaco: Champions League Quarter-Final First Leg – Match Preview

Borussia Dortmund entertain Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League Quarter-Final, as two of the youngest sides in Europe go head to head.

The match was originally set to take place on Tuesday evening, however an explosion near the Dortmund team bus forced the game to be cancelled and re-arranged.

Dortmund were thrashed by Bayern Munich on the weekend, losing 4-1 away at the German champions.

In the previous round they recovered from a first leg deficit to beat the Portuguese side Benfica, winning 4-0 in the home tie.

Monaco produced an amazing recovery to beat Manchester City, qualifying 8-7 on aggregate, despite losing the first leg 5-3.

They remain top of Ligue 1, after a narrow 1-0 success away at Angers and they hold a three point advantage over Paris Saint Germain.

Champions League form: Borussia Dortmund W3 D1 L1; Monaco W3 D0 L2
Champions League top scorers
Borussia Dortmund – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang 7 goals
Monaco – Radamel Falcao 4 goals

Team news
Marc Barta suffered a broken hand in the explosions and is almost certain to miss out on Wednesday evening.

Julian Weigl is a doubt but should start, whilst Shinji Kagawa and Eric Durm are set for substitute roles due to their own issues.

Tiemoue Bakayoko is suspended for Monaco, but Kamil Glik returns from a ban and will start in defence.

Radamel Falcao missed the return leg against Manchester City, but is fit to start up front with Kylian Mpabbe.

Expected starting XI’s
Borussia Dortmund (4-5-1): Burki; Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer; Pulisic, Castro, Weigl, Guerreiro, Dembele; Aubameyang
Monaco (4-4-2): Subasic; Raggi, Jemerson, Glik, Mendy; Silva, Moutinho, Fabinho, Lemar; Mbappe, Falcao

Predictions

Result: Borussia Dortmund (7/10 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 2-1 (8/1 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Christian Pulisic (40/17 with 888 Sport)

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