Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid will play at Wembley Stadium in London on 1 June. The bookmakers have named the Spaniards as favourites, but it’s not as simple as it seems at first glance.

Borussia Dortmund

‘The Yellow and Blacks” (Die Schwarzgelben) won first place in a very strong group, as they beat PSG, AC Milan and Newcastle United.

At the playoff stage, Edin Terzic’s team managed to get past PSV in the 1/8 finals. Subsequently, they managed to get past Atletico Madrid.

In the semi-finals, the French PSG again stood in the way of Dortmund. The Germans won 2-0 after two matches.

Niklas Fülkrug, Karim Adeyemi and Julian Brandt played a crucial role for Dortmund in the Champions League. Fülkrug is the team’s top scorer with three goals, followed by Adeyemi and Brandt with two goals each.

In six Champions League matches at home this season, Die Borussen are unbeaten with four wins and two draws. Dortmund will try to extend their five-match home unbeaten run (4 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat) in all competitions.

In their last six matches in all competitions, Der BVB won four and lost two. During this time, they have scored 12 goals and conceded eight goals, scoring first in five of the six matches. The majority of their goals (eight) were scored in the first half, while their opponents scored six times in the first 45 minutes.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid won their last Champions League match, beating Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-finals. After drawing 2-2 in the first leg, they won 2-1 in the second leg at home. Joselu was the only player to score in the second leg, scoring two goals. In the last 25 matches in all competitions, Real Madrid has not suffered a single defeat (16 wins, 9 draws, 0 losses).

At La Casa Blanca, Vinicius Junior, Rodrigo and Joselu are the leading players in the attack, each of whom has scored five times in this Champions League campaign.

Real Madrid is unbeaten in away games this season, with four wins and two draws on the road. The Spanish team is looking to extend its 12-match unbeaten run on the road (7 wins, 5 draws, 0 defeats).

In their last six matches, Los Blancos have won four and drawn twice. During this period, they scored 18 and conceded five goals, with four of the six matches scoring first. They scored nine goals in the first half, while their opponents scored once before the break.

Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

The last meeting between the teams was won by Real Madrid, with a 3-2 victory in the Champions League group stage match at the Santiago Bernabeu in December 2017. Borja Major opened the scoring for Los Blancos in the eighth minute. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vazquez also scored goals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managed to score for the German team in the 43rd and 48th minutes.

Recently, Real Madrid has been beating the German team, not knowing defeats in the last four matches (wins 2 draws 2 defeats 0). Dortmund are looking to win their first match against the club from the Spanish capital since September 2016. Madrid beat the Yellow and Blacks 10-7 during their unbeaten run.

Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid line-up

Kobel – Ryerson, Hummels, N. Schlotterbeck, Maatsen – Kahn – Sabitzer, Brandt – Sancho, Adeyemi – Füllkrug

Courtois – Carvajal, Rüdiger, Nacho, F. Mendy – Camavinga – Fede Valverde, Kroos – Bellingham – Rodrigo, Vinicius Junior

Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid prediction

Obviously, the Germans are not favourites in the match, but they can still fight for the trophy. It is likely that Dortmund will be ready to take the game to a penalty shootout. The main question is whether Madrid will realise their attacking potential.

Main – Both sides to score at 1.75

Recommended – First team to win the cup at 3.45

Score 1-1 – full time (penalties Dortmund)

Earlier, Olympiacos and Fiorentina played in the final of the Conference League.


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