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Man City have one foot in the semi-finals following their 2-1 win over Dortmund in the first leg, though the German outfit remain a serious threat capable of both brilliance going forwards, as well as shambolic defending at the back.
An away goal keeps Edin Terzic’s men in the tie and they may feel hard done by after Jude Bellingham’s effort was chalked off, but in reality, City were the better team on the night and quality should once again prove telling here.
Pep Guardiola made seven changes to his starting line-up against Leeds at the weekend, as the likes of key men Ruben Dias and Kevin De Bruyne were unused substitutes.
That’s perhaps unsurprising given City have virtually wrapped up the league already and are still competing on four fronts, with an FA Cup tie against Chelsea three days after this fixture, so we wouldn’t read too much into the weekend result here.
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Indeed, even with that loss, City have still won 27 of 29 matches. They also have an excellent recent record facing German teams, winning 11 of 12 unbeaten encounters going back to November 2014.
That includes each of the past seven under Pep Guardiola, having comfortably seen off Borussia M’gladbach in the previous round, while Dortmund have now lost their last six against English opposition following the first-leg result.
Dortmund will take heart from their own result this weekend, a 3-2 victory over Stuttgart that just about keeps their top-four hopes alive domestically.
However, that was just their second win in seven appearances and their first in four, so this isn’t a team enjoying their best vein of form.
That downturn has coincided with the absence of Jadon Sancho, who has missed each of those past seven games, though it’s hardly as if Dortmund are struggling for output without the England international.
Erling Haaland is by his own high standards enduring a goal drought, having not scored in three outings, but he is still contributing to their efforts with a pair of assists across these games and Dortmund rarely fail to score.
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In fact, both teams have found the net in 15 of Dortmund’s last 19 matches, including six of the past seven, while the German outfit themselves haven’t failed to score in 39 appearances since late September.
That includes goals in each of their past 12 defeats, as six of their last nine losses have finished 2-1, and a repeat scoreline from the first leg looks entirely plausible here.