• Analysis

Match Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Internazionale

Dortmund, Inter
Getty Images

The Champions League returns this week and it is Borussia Dortmund vs Inter in the derby game of the upcoming fourth round.

Borussia Dortmund will welcome Internazionale Milano to their Signal Iduna Park ground on Tuesday evening.

Both teams are heading into Group F’s fourth matchday on the back of successful weekend in their domestic championships, as Dortmund defeated Wolfsburg 3-0 to go second, while Romelu Lukaku with a brace vs Bologna secured a late turn-around victory for the Nerazzurri.

It was Inter’s fourth win in their last five outings across all competitions, including a 2-0 win over the Black and Yellows, when they hosted them at the San Siro stadium two weeks ago.

Antonio Conte’s side now travels to Germany with four points on their account, as much as their next opponents.

The visitors would even settle for a draw at the Signal Iduna Park, as they would remain in the second place on the table with a better head-to-head record than the Black and Yellow prior to the final two rounds of the group stage.

Team news

Jadon Sancho is expected to return to Borussia Dortmund’s starting line-up after being rested over the weekend’s 3-0 win against Wolfsburg.

Paco Alcacer featured for the first time since September last Saturday, but Marcel Schmelzer remains sidelined with a groin injury.

Inter will be again without the services of Manchester United loanee Alexis Sanchez, who is recovering from an ankle injury.

Stefano Sensi is ready to make his return on the other hand, although he may not be fit to play a full 90 minutes.


Dortmund have won only two of their last eight UEFA Champions League matches (D2 L4), including a 2-0 success at Slavia this season. That is the only one of their last five matches in the competition in which they have managed to score.

In last season’s group stage, Lucien Favre’s side kept three clean sheets at home in beating Monaco 3-0 and Atlético Madrid 4-0 before drawing 0-0 with Club Brugge. They conceded the fewest goals in the group stage (two) and kept the most clean sheets (five).

Inter are the last Italian team to win the UEFA Champions League, in 2010 – their third European Cup triumph, and first in 45 years.

The Nerazzurri have won only two of their last 13 European away fixtures (D4 L7) – last season’s 2-1 win at PSV in the UEFA Champions League group stage and the UEFA Europa League round of 32 victory in Vienna – and lost seven of their last ten.

Borussia Dortmund’s last home game against an Italian club was a 3-2 defeat of Atalanta in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg, setting up a 4-3 aggregate success.

Inter are without a win in their last three trips to Germany (D1 L2); a 3-2 victory at Bayern Munich in March 2011 is their only victory in their last eight games away to Bundesliga clubs (D3 L4).