On match day two of the UEFA Champions League, Borussia Dortmund will host Sporting Lisbon at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night. After winning their first match against Besiktas, the hosts stand second in Group C with three points. Sporting are at the bottom of the table after a thrashing by Ajax at home.
Imagine what Erling Haaland could do if Sebastian Haller could run riot through the Sporting defence. The towering forward is one of Europe's most productive strikers, but he couldn't save Dortmund from losing 1-0 to Gladbach in the Bundesliga on Sunday. It brought an end to BVB's four-game winning streak in all competitions. They've been strong at home, winning three of their four matches in all competitions. In a German Super Cup match, Bayern gave them their only defeat. There was an average of 5.5 goals per game in each contest. This statistic may not bode well for a Sporting team that isn't known for scoring a lot of goals right now.
Sporting has scored fewer than three goals in five of their previous six matches in all competitions, with the Ajax home defeat being the exception. Their most recent match was a 1-0 win over Maritimo at home in the Primeira Liga, with a contentious penalty kick winner in the 98th minute. Sporting has lost both of their previous encounters with Dortmund in 2016, and they appear to be headed for another defeat on Tuesday.
• Dortmund has averaged 5.5 goals per game in their last four home games.
• Sporting's last six games have included fewer than three goals in five of them.
Sporting are having a difficult start to the season, and I expect Dortmund to take advantage of it.
My Prediction: Dortmund 3-0 Sporting
The match will be played today at 8:00 PM Nigerian and UK time.
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