BOR vs DOR Dream11: Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund meet in a crunch UEFA Champions League Group F match at Camp Nou, with both the teams looking for a win to move closer to the last-16 qualification. Only one point separates these two teams going into this game, so a win for either team here could prove catalytic for each’s team chances.
That said, Inter Milan will be keeping a close watch over the action unfolding at Camp Nou, for a win for Dortmund against Barca will keep them away from top two, irrespective of whether they win or lose against Slavia Praha, but if Barca win and Inter collect all three points, Lionel Messi and Co. will qualify for last-16, while Inter will end the round at 2nd.
So Dortmund have everything to play for, and so do Barca who have been consistently inconsistent round from the beginning of the campaign.
Visitors: Borussia Dortmund
Competition: UEFA Champions League group stage
Match Venue: Camp Nou
Match Timing: Thursday 28, @01:30 AM
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Marco Reus: The German international is the most experienced player in Lucien Favre’s team and will attract the most attention from Barca’s defensive players. He is averaging four shots per game and can be deadly inside the final 3rd.
Lionel Messi: This is the trophy, the Argentine wizard has been looking to win since 2015, but don’t be surprised if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner arrives here with extra gear or two.
Luis Suarez: This could very well be his last season in Catalonia. He has nothing to prove, but he will be looking to end his journey with Barca with the biggest prize of them all.
Frenkie de Jong: He has more than impressed in his first season with Barca. He is now the lynchpin for Barca in the midfield. He sets up the tempo with his quick feet and passing and is more than handy in breaking up the play.
No matter who the opponent is, or the form Barca come with, the Catalan giants are always favourite in home games. The Camp Nou is a fortress which has not been breached in almost a decade in the Champions League. Barcelona are the clear-cut favourite to win the game against Dortmund.
Barcelona to win: 1.53 (53/100), Probability to happen: 65.36%
Borussia Dortmund to win: 5.75 (19/4), Probability to happen: 17.39%
Draw: 4.5 (7/2), Probability to happen: 22.22%
Barcelona team news: Barca will be without two wing-backs in the form of Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo for the home clash against Borussia Dortmund due to injuries, while centre-back Gerard Pique misses out due to suspension.
In addition, Carles Alena has been left out once again, while Clement Lenglet and Arthur return to the team’s roster after missing out at the weekend.
Pique’s absence will see Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet partnering at the back, with Sergi Roberto and Junior Firpo at the wing-backs.
While the front five should be the same from the last game. Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets will form the base in the midfield, while Griezmann, Messia and Dembele in front of them and behind striker Luis Suarez.
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto
Defenders: Jean-Clair Todibo, Clement Lenglet, Moussa Wague, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo
Midfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo Vidal
Forwards: Luis Suarez, Leo Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati.
Borussia Dortmund team news: Former Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer misses the chance to haunt his former side as he is down with stomach bug. In addition, Bruun Larsen (knee), and Thomas Delaney (ankle) have been ruled out through injuries.
Barcelona: Marc ter Stegen (GK), Sergi Roberto, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez Suarez, Antoine Griezmann
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki (GK), Lukasz Piszczek, Manuel Akanji, Matts Hummels, Achraf Hakimi, Axel Witsel, Julian Weigl, Jadon Sancho, Marco Reus, Thorgan Hazard, Mario Götze
Defenders: Firpo, Lenglet, Akanji, Hakimi
Midfielders: F D Jong, O Dembele, J Brandt, M Reus (VC)
Forwards: Suarez, Messi (C)
As we discussed above, Barca will go into this game as favourites.