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Preview: Dortmund – APOEL

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Dortmund and APOEL will most probably dispute the third place in Group H. Both of them have only one point after the first three rounds.

 

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Dortmund (BVB) come into this game amid a poor run of form, having won just 1 of their last 5 games in all competitions (P5, W1, D2, L2). BVB’s only positive result was a 5-0 thumping of third tier Magdeburg in the DFB Pokal. The team gave up top spot in the Bundesliga at the weekend after a 4-2 reversal at Hannover and are rock bottom of their Champions League (CL) group.

Peter Bosz is winless in his first 3 CL ties since taking charge at BVB. Former managers Matthias Sammer and Jürgen Klopp had similarly poor starts in Europe, but went on to win the Bundesliga in the same season.

BVB have had tight games at home against the “underdogs”. In last season’s Europa League, they struggled to beat PAOK Saloniki 1-0 and had a close call against FK Krasnodar, eventually winning 2-1.

Despite their current form, BVB are hard to beat at home. Under Bosz, they have scored 18 goals in 6 home games (all comps) at an average of 3 goals per game.

Since ‘11/’12, Dortmund have won almost every second home game in the group stage (1-0 vs Piraeus, 2-1 vs Real Madrid, 4-1 against Galatasaray and 1-0 against Sporting Lisbon / only defeat against Arsenal 1-0).

APOEL Nicosia haven’t fared well on German grounds, as they have lost 7 of their 8 games in Germany with a goal record of 2:22. The Cypriots have not scored a goal in 6 games.

 

Missing players

Dortmund: E. Durm (hip injury), L. Piszczek (muscle injury), M. Reus (knee injury), S. Rode (thigh injury)

APOEL: F. Bertoglio (injury), C. Carlao (injury), L. Ebecilio (doubtful), B. Waterman (doubtful).