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Borussia Dortmund – Legia preview

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UEFA Champions League – Group F

Venue: Signal Iduna Park 82359 capacity
Date: Wednesday, 2nd November 2016.
Weather: 18 degrees cloudy
Kick-Off at 20:45 CET
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant referees:
Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)

Borussia team news

Players out:
Neven Subotic since Jul 21, 2016
Sven Bender since Aug 21, 2016,
Roman Bürki since Nov 20, 2016
Borussia Dortmund is hot.! In the last 13 matches, they have only one defeat and that happened over a month-and-a-half ago. Although they have many injuries in their squad they are constantly playing well. And this weekend they won German derby against Bayern Munich with 1:0. This will be the big motive for them to keep on with their fantastic performances. The game against Legia Warsaw is a perfect chance for them to extend their run and to improve their morale. Coach Thomas Tuhel will probably give a chance to younger players because he wants to rest some of the key players after their international duties , before this weekend. But that will not be a problem for the home team because many of those young players have already been playing in Champions League when many of the standard first team players were injured. They stood up bravely against Real Madrid and Sporting and because of that Borussia is on top of the group. They demolished Legia in Warsaw and probably the same thing will occur in Dortmund. The German team will impose their own style of game with short passes fast transition and often through balls into the box. Christian Pulisic Emre Mor and Julian Weigl are expected to play in this match. We just might see some attractive plays in this game.

Possible Lineup: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Guerreiro; Weigl, Dembele, Pulisic, Kagawa, Schurrle; Ramos

Bench: Kagawa, Aubameyang, Castro. Schmelzer, Sahin

Manager: Thomas Tuhel
Legia
After three games in which they have scored only one goal and conceded 13 goals, Legia Warsaw shocked Real Madrid and have shown that they can play football. They were relaxed with nothing to lose and they just started playing. If this is repeated, this game will definitely be an interesting one. Legia is currently on four straight wins streak in domestic championship. Interesting fact that three of their best players are from Serbia. Miroslav Ivanovic Nemanja Nikolic and Alexander Prijovic are pushing the whole team forward and it seems they are doing well. Radovic scored one goal in each game against Real Madrid and probably he’s aiming at least one against Dortmund. The recipe for a good result is playing steady in the midfield of the pitch, with no rush and with many runs with the ball down both flanks. Also, we might see a lot of long-distance shot like against Real Madrid, because this was an excellent weapon as they have few players with a good shot.

miroslav_radovic_768x0_rozmiar-niestandardowyIf they allow the home team to have more possession of the ball they will find themselves in a bad situation because Dortmund is one of the best teams in the world when they have the ball in their own feet. Instead of that, maybe they should try to impose their own tempo of the game. It will be a huge sensation if the Polish team stays unbeaten in Germany, but why not trying ?

Possible lineups:
Malarz, Hlousek, Rzezniczak, Czerwinski, Bereszynski, Moulin, Jodlowiec, Odjidja-Ofoe, Guilherme, Radovic,Nikolic.

Bench: Cierzniak, Broz, Dabrowski, Hämäläinen, Kucharczyk,Prijovic

Manager: Jacek Magiera
It will be an open game on both sides, Legia will not defend themselves like before because they know that they will have no chances if Borussia has more possession of the ball. The home team will try to win without spending to mch of their energy. We might expect at least four goals and many nice moves, because these two teams are going to play offensively. Our bet is over 1,5 first half, and for you who love to play on goals, try over 4,5 goals on whole match.

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