It is time for Champions league action again as the top teams in all of the leagues across Europe face their Matchday 2 fixture on the 28th and 29th of October and Real Madrid will face their first major challenge of the season when they take on Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund on Tuesday night. Los Blancos started off the season on a strong note but dropped points last week as they were held to two successive draws against Las Palmas and Villareal and are now, only a point of clear of second-placed Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.
Madrid opened their Champions league campaign with a late 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon at the Bernabeu courtesy very late strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata while Dortmund practically destroyed Polish Club Legia Warsaw 6-0 in their opening away game. Dortmund will be getting into the fixture on the back of terrific consecutive victories against SC Freiburg (3-1) and Wolfsburg(5-1).
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund: Team News
Real Madrid have two major absentees on the plane ahead of their Champions League group stage clash against Borussia Dortmund, with both Casemiro and Marcelo missing the trip. However, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao have both overcome knocks to return to the club’s 22-man travelling squad. Manager Zinedine Zidane will definitely make some significant changes in his squad owing primarily to the fact that his go-to CDM Casemiro will miss the game after suffering a fracture to the central third of his left fibula last week and therefore team formations might on the verge of a change. James Rodriguez is very much expected to feature in the game although whether he will make the starting line-up is left to be found out. In the absence of specialist left wing-back Marcelo, Zidane’s go to full backs will most definitely be Carvajal on the right and Danilo on the left with Coentrao and Nacho on the bench as back-ups. Mateo Kovacic is also a young prospect for Casemiro’s position but we will have to wait and see what tactics the Frenchman deploys in the fixture in Germany. Marco Asansio, who has been given a lot of playtime by Zidane is most likely to start from the bench in this high profile game along with Alvaro Morata.
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Dortmund’s new manager Thomas Tuchel seems to have got off to a flying start this season with several big margin victories spanning the Bundesliga and the Champions league and will definitely look to field his strongest side in the home fixture against Los Blancos. Mario Gotze’s reunion with Dortmund will surely mean that he is one of the must starters for Tuscel along with the liked of Shinji Kagawa and Aubemeyang. Former Barcelona defender Marc Bartra will miss out on the game due to the injury sustained in the earlier fixture of the Bundesliga along with German midfielder Marco Reus still out of action with an adductor injury.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund : Predicted Line-ups
Real Madrid (4-2-1-3)
Casilla; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Danilo; Modric, Kroos; James; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Borussia Dortmund (4-3-3)
Burki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Ginter, Schmelzer; Weigl, Castro, Gotze; Dembele, Aubameyang, Kagawa
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund: Match Details
Time: 12:15 AM IST, 2:45 p.m. EDT
Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Match Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund: TV Guide
The match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid will be broadcast in the USA via Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Soccer 2Go app, BTSport in the UK and the Ten Sports Network in India
For Live streaming of the match refer to the link here.
Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund : Match Predictions
The clash in Germany will be Los Blancos’s and Zinedine Zidane’s first real test of the season and with the form the German Club is in, a full three points seem a very difficult possibility, However, we will go out on a limb here and predict a 1-0 away win for Real Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo getting his name on the scoresheet at the Signal Iduna Park, perhaps one of the most difficult stadiums to play at as an away team.