Borussia Dortmund won Seviilla 3-2 in the first leg which means they can play risk free football here. We are expecting the German club to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a draw.
Borussia Dortmund recently recorded four straight wins, starting with a 3-2 victory at Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League. Edin Terzic’s side returned to the Bundesliga with an easy 4-0 win at Schalke and 3-0 home win against Arminia Bielefeld. Dortmund kept the run going with a 1-0 win at Borussia Monchengladbach in the German Cup quarter-finals. Borussia Dortmund’s last match was a 4-2 defeat at Bayern Munich. Erling Haaland scored two early goals but they couldn’t hold on, conceding in the 88th and 90th minutes. Dortmund left backs Marcel Schmelzer and Raphael Guerreiro are injured alongside midfielder Axel Witsel and winger Jadon Sancho. Attacking midfielder Giovanni Reyna is doubtful. Roman Burki could return from injury and replace Marwin Hitz in goal.
Sevilla were flying with eight straight wins but have shown some weaknesses in recent weeks. It started with a 3-2 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League where they showed some uncharacteristically poor defending. Julen Lopetegui’s side bounced back in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Osasuna before hosting Barcelona. They were toothless in attack against the Catalans, registering just 0.12 expected goals in a 2-0 defeat. Sevilla had a 2-0 lead against Barca in the Copa del Rey semi-finals. They couldn’t defend it at Camp Nou, Lucas Ocampos’ missed penalty proving crucial as they conceded an equaliser in the 90th minute and again in extra time to go down 3-0. Sevilla’s last match was a 2-1 defeat at Elche. It was a close match with many first team regulars rested, Luuk de Jong’s 90th minute goal too little too late. Right back Aleix Vidal is the only player missing for Sevilla. Expect central defenders Jules Koundé and Diego Carlos to come back into the starting side alongside left back Marcos Acuña, winger Suso and striker Youssef En-Nesyri.
Sevilla have a 1-1 record against Borussia Dortmund with 1 draw in 3 matches. They met in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage, Sevilla winning 1-0 in Germany before a 2-2 draw in Spain. Dortmund won 3-2 in the last 16 1st leg in Spain on 17 February. Suso put Sevilla ahead, Mahmoud Dahoud equalised and Erling Haaland scored twice with Luuk de Jong scoring in the 84th minute to set up a tense finish. Borussia Dortmund are likely to play on the counter attack here after earning a healthy advantage in Spain. This should be a close match with Dortmund content with a draw to progress.
PREDICTION : DRAW 2-2
ACCUMULATOR TIP : OVER 1.5 FT GOALS