The reigning English Premier League champions, Manchester City, will take on German giants, Borussia Dortmund, on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. This will be the second match for both the teams in the group phase of the ongoing UEFA Champions League 2022-2023 season. The Citizens will clearly start as favourites over the BVB to win the contest. Let’s take a look at the possible lineups and Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund 2022 match preview.
Champions League 2022-2023, Group G: Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund match preview
The Borussia Dortmund club is known to be a hub for future star footballers. Big teams across Europe have always kept one eye on Dortmund’s squad to find a potential superstar footballer. Manchester City are no exception, as they recently brought in Manuel Akanji, Sergio Gomez and Erling Haaland from the German club Borussia Dortmund.
Bringing Haaland to Etihad Stadium last summer was the most notable one. The Norwegian was a goal machine during his time at Dortmund, hammering 15 goals in UEFA club competitions for them in three seasons. He was a top target for all the major clubs in Europe, but Manchester City eventually won the race and brought him from Germany to England. Will Haaland make a difference in the match against his former club? The kind of consistency he has shown with Man City’s jersey; it is a real warning to Borussia Dortmund.
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Pep Guardiola would likely use a 4-3-3 formation for this match, with Haaland being the hitman. Kevin de Bruyne, Phil Foden, Grealish, and Bernardo Silva can all give proper assists to Erling Haaland to find the back of the net. Man City should be concerned about their defensive lineup, as a couple of key players are expected to miss the game.
Edin Terzic, on the other hand, is very concerned about missing multiple key players for the match. He has to map out a plan to control the attacking threat of Man City. Terzic may deploy a 4-2-3-1 formation for this tough match in order to bring more defensive solidarity. Dortmund’s main priority in order to earn a point from this contest would be to not concede a goal.
Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund have met each other in the Champions League on four occasions. The Citizens have led the head-to-head duel with 2 wins. The BVB have won one match, and the other contest ended in a draw. Man City have scored five goals against Dortmund. Oppositely, Borussia Dortmund have netted four goals against Manchester City.
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Man City vs Dortmund 2022 Fixture:
The Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund match will start at 1 a.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time), which is 7 p.m. (GMT) on Tuesday (September 14).
Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City 2022: Predicted Lineups
Manchester City’s two major players in the backline—Kyle Walker and John Stones—missed the match against Sevilla due to injury. Stones will return to action for this match and will most likely start for the Citizens. Besides, Aymeric Laporte is yet to gain his full fitness to appear in this contest. The rest of the players in the Man City squad are available for selection.
Manchester City (Probable Starting XI)
GK: Ederson Moraes;
Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji, Sergio Gomez;
Midfielders: Bernardo Silva, Rodrigo Hernandez, Kevin De Bruyne;
Forwards: Phil Foden, Erling Haaland, Jack Grealish
Borussia Dortmund have faced a major problem when it comes to selecting players for the match. At least seven players are out or in doubt for the contest. Gregor Kobel, Sebastien Haller, and Karim Adeyemi are some of the big names who are unlikely to be fit for this important clash against Manchester City.
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Borussia Dortmund (Probable Starting XI)
GK: Alexander Meyer;
Defenders: Thomas Meunier, Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, Raphael Guerreiro;
Midfielders: Salih Ozcan, Jude Bellingham, Julian Brandt, Giovanni Reyna;
Forwards: Marco Reus, Anthony Modeste
Prediction: Manchester City 3 – 1 Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City are strong in every position in comparison to Borussia Dortmund. Besides, the match will be held at the Etihad Stadium, and they don’t want to lose points from this fixture in order to stay strong in the group G points table of the UEFA Champions League 2022–2023 season. On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund’s main target will be to snatch a point from this contest to put Sevilla under pressure in their quest for second position in group G. Therefore, the Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund 2022 clash on September 14 promises to be an intense contest.
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