Malaga - Borussia Dortmund

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Champions League rookie Malaga will face the former champion Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night knowing they will more than likely need to take a positive home result. Malaga with coach Manuel Pellegrini wants to repeat the success of Villareal from season 2005/06 when at the helm of the team stood in the same expert, as now on the bench Malaga.


Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga side remain the tournament outsiders having enjoyed a fairytale debut campaign in the competition. His team qualified for the last eight having dispatched Portuguese side FC Porto 2-1 on aggregate. His side moved up to fifth with a 3-1 win away at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday night. They got an important victory and were also able to rest star Argentine striker Javier Saviola, who will be fresh for Wednesday's quarter-final first leg. Malaga can be expected to name the same team that played against Rayo Vallecano. Vitorino Antunes will continue at left-back in the place of long-term injury victim, Eliseu, who is their only major absence.


Dortmund won a difficult away game in Stuttgart on Saturday, but only one trophy to chase for after losing the domestic battle to Bayern Munich this season, they are eager to leave their mark on Europe's elite club competition. Now they will have the fortune of being able to field Marcel Schmelzer, who broke his nose against Stuttgart, but can wear a protective mask and play with his injury. Defender Mats Hummels has been training, but is unlikely to be risked at centre-back, with Felipe Santana set to continue. Ilkay Gundogan and Sven Bender should be given the nod in midfield over Sebastian Kehl and Nuri Sahin.


It's sure, Malaga have great season. They don't have any problems with injured players. They must have good result here because in Germany will be much tougher. Saviola, Isco, Baptista, Joaquin, all are capable to score goals. Dortmund have powerful attack, also capable to score many goals. Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus, Lewandowski will have many chances to score. But Dortmund don't have so stabile defense. Plus Hummels is doubtful and that could be a problem. Despite the doubts over a number of players Jurgen Klopp has a talented squad to choose from with Mario Gotze in fine form. The 20-year-old German international scored in each of Germany's recent World Cup qualifiers and will look to support forward Robert Lewandowski. All in all the German side seems to have defensive problems this season and that is why many times were forced to score more then 2 goals to win but their force is their counterattacks, and in talented Mario Götze! I wait goals!

Pick: Over 2,5
Odds: 2.00
Bookie: Bwin
Stake: 6/10


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