Borussia Dortmund will wrap up their Champions League group campaign on Wednesday evening when they host Paris Saint-Germain.
Group F was proclaimed the ‘Group of Death’ before a ball had been kicked, and while Dortmund safeguarded their passage to the Round of 16 with a game to spare, their illustrious French opponents still have work to do.
A victory will be enough for PSG to advance to the knockout stages, but should they drop points, they may have to rely on Newcastle to do them a favour, although the Magpies will be hoping to pounce when they entertain AC Milan on Matchday 6.
Nevertheless, Luis Enrique’s charges are in fine fettle for this encounter, and although they endured a scrappy 2-1 victory over Nantes, they are top of Ligue 1.
In stark contrast, Dortmund have gone off the boil, registering just one win in their past five Bundesliga clashes, and they also recently bowed out of the DFB-Pokal.
Anyway, back to the here and now, and the latest instalment between Dortmund and PSG promises to be another thrilling encounter.
Ahead of the game, I have provided a comprehensive preview and divulged a couple of tips for you to consider.
Dortmund’s “Yellow Wall” to inspire their side to victory
It would be fair to assert that Signal Iduna Park has been something akin to a fortress for Dortmund.
Well, they have a rather enviable group stage record, losing just one of their past 17 home games (W10, D6).
Although PSG ran out 2-0 winners over Dortmund in the corresponding fixture at the Parc des Princes, the defeats away to Newcastle and Milan exposed their defensive frailties.
When you factor in Dortmund have only conceded three times across their five group matches to date, the German outfit will be a tough nut to crack.
This will be the sixth meeting between Dortmund and PSG, and while Dortmund have been below par in recent weeks, I think they will alleviate their domestic worries.
The “Yellow Wall”, I imagine, will be febrile, and it will be an electric atmosphere. As the 12th man, they could drag Dortmund over the line, and for my first pick, I have gone with Dortmund to win & BTTS, which is available at a tempting 9/2 with Paddy Power.
Marco Reus to strike first blood
Dortmund boasts plenty of attacking talent, and invariably, Marco Reus is a go-to option if you need a goal.
Well, his Champions League record is pretty stealthy, and he is Dortmund’s all-time leading scorer in the competition with 23 to his name.
Although his scoring output has dropped off this term, he will be eager to add to his tally.
In the 3-1 win away to Milan last month, the 34-year-old broke the deadlock from the penalty spot, and he was superb throughout the contest.
To round things off, I fancy Reus to strike first blood and score the opener. If you wish to pursue that line, bet365 has supplied inviting odds of 11/1 for that outcome.