Champions League 2022-23 : Chelsea vs Dortmund Match Preview and Lineups

Chelsea vs Dortmund
GAME Chelsea vs Dortmund
DATE 16/02/2023
TIME 01:30 AM (Indian Standard Time)
ARENA Signal Iduna Park

Match Preview of Chelsea vs Dortmund

The first-ever meeting between Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea takes place at Westfalenstadion on Wednesday night, as the two teams lock horns in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

BVB progressed to the knockout rounds after finishing second in Group G behind Manchester City, while the Blues navigated their way past AC Milan, Red Bull Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb to secure top spot in Group E.

Borussia Dortmund extended their winning run since the World Cup break to six matches across all competitions after securing a 2-0 Bundesliga victory away against Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Despite dominating proceedings, Edin Terzic's side were struggling to find an opening for over an hour, but it took just 69 seconds for 18-year-old substitute Jamie Bynoe-Gittens to break the deadlock with a thunderous strike on the 67-minute mark, before Julian Brandt sealed the victory five minutes from time.

Dortmund currently sit third in the Bundesliga table and remain in a hotly-contested race for the title, with only eight points separating the top six teams with 14 games remaining.

BVB will welcome a return to Westfalenstadion which has become somewhat of a fortress for the German outfit in the Champions League, as they have lost only four of their last 21 home matches in the competition; three of those defeats have been against English opposition, though.

Our Predicted Lineups

Chelsea possible starting lineup:Arrizabalaga; James, Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Chilwell; Loftus-Cheek, Fernandez; Mount, Felix, Mudryk; Havertz

Dortmund possible starting lineup: starting lineup:Kobel; Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Can; Adeyemi, Reus, Brandt; Haller

Who will win the match?

We say: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Chelsea. Chelsea have been far from their best for some time now and Potter will need his players to finally click if they are to come away from Germany with a positive result against a high-flying Dortmund outfit. BVB may be without the services of Moukoko, but they still have enough quality in the final third to cause Chelsea problems and we are predicting the hosts to prevail in the first leg by the odd goal in three.

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