Borussia Dortmund return to the competition where they have showed good form, as Anderlecht get ready to host the group D leaders. The hosts were unlucky against Galatasaray where they could have won, but ended up with a 1-1 draw. Dortmund won with 2-0 against Arsenal, but then returned to Bundesliga where it all went downhill.
Anderlecht are off to a good start in their domestic league and unlike their opponents they are on the first place in the table and have a four points advantage over Gent. The hosts have been undefeated so far this season, and their good news is that Silvio Proto will finally return from suspension, while Youri Tielemans, the youngest Champions League player to date might reprise his role in the midfield. The danger from Anderlecht could also come from Mario Suarez and Andy Najar, but Steven Defour, the team’s newest signing is not to be taken lightly either.
Against Anderlecht speaks the fact that they have been unable to win in nine European matches, and against Borussia Dortmund the fact that their Bundesliga form is slowly transforming into a disaster after 6 match days. The visitors are currently on the 12th place on the table after the 2-1 defeat to Schalke 04, and the current situation sees newly promoted Paderborn above last year’s vice-champions. The squad has been affected with injuries, with Reus, Mkhitaryan and Sahin all ruled out for this match.
Mats Hummels was back in the match against Schalke, but Borussia Dortmund’s captain was unable to prevent the defeat, which prompted him to say: “We have simply endured eight bad days and the comeback trail starts on Wednesday against Anderlecht.” Aubameyang is Borussia’s Dortmund’s main goalscorer, even if Ciro Immobile is also pretending at this title, but with the way he’s wasting chances, Aubameyang will end up winning the race.
Our bet this time will be on Ciro Immobile or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first at 2.62 with William Hill, even if the bookmakers favor Borussia Dortmund Dortmund to win outright despite their Bundesliga form. The hosts got 5.50 odds for a win, the visitors 1.61 and a draw was given 3.80 odds. William Hill headline offer consists of Ciro Immobile to score and Dortmund to win at 2.75 and Aleksander Mitrovic to score and Anderlecht to win at 8.00. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals has 1.95 odds, and Borussia Dortmund to lead after 30 minutes is at 2.70. If the visitors are to excel in this match it will be only because of greater Champions League experience, Klopp’s tactics and an Aubameyang in great form, while Anderlecht can profit from Suarez in good form.