Betting tips & odds comparison 17.02.2021 Sevilla FC - Borussia Dortmund
Betting Tip for matchday 1 of the 2020/2021 Champions League between Sevilla FC and Borussia Dortmund. The game will be played at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla, Spain) on 17.02.2021 at 21:00.
Sevilla vs Borussia Dortmund 17.02.2021
Sevilla host Borussia Dortmund at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 knockout tie on Wednesday evening.
Los Rojiblancos have been in stupendous form while Die Borussen have been struggling for consistency for the better part of the season.
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Sevilla have won their last nine matches in all competitions and while only conceding one goal during this incredible winning streak. This hot streak includes a 2-0 shutout of Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey semifinal. Julen Lopetegui has built a team that is disciplined on defence and ruthless on offence.
Having won Europa League for a record sixth time last season, progressing to this knockout phase and being firmly in the running to finish top 4 in La Liga would pretty much pass as a successful season for the masterful tactician.
Lopetegui rested some of his big guns in Saturday’s match against Huesca but they were still good enough to pick up the 1-0 win. He should have them back in the starting 11 for this crucial first-leg match.
It has not been smooth sailing for Dortmund this season. They have gone through rough patches that even forced them to part ways with coach Lucien Favre in December, replacing him with Edin Terzic in the interim, who hasn’t managed to wave any magic wand in the games he has taken charge of.
Dortmund are struggling to crack into the top four in the Bundesliga. Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Hoffenheim left them six points behind Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg in third and fourth place respectively.
Despite their challenges on the domestic front, they showed imposed their will in Europe this season, topping Group F, despite losing the opener to 3-1 away at Lazio.
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SEVILLA VS DORTMUND BETTING PREDICTIONS
Although Sevilla’s defence has been magnificent during their incredible winning streak, few teams in Europe can boast of the firepower in the final third that Dortmund possesses. The attacking quartet of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Thorgan Hazard, and Marco Reus should pose a more significant threat than any if not all the teams that have failed to crack the well-drilled Sevilla defence. Dortmund’s defence on the other hand has been the polar opposite of their offence. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six, conceding 13 goals in the process. We should have a few goals either way here and we are going for Over 2.5 goals @ 1.85 as our initial betting tip.
First leg ties tend to be quite conservative affairs with neither side wanting to cede a lot of ground that may be difficult to overcome in the 2nd leg. This is likely to follow the same pattern. Sevilla strong runs has seen them coming out alive in the second half of their games after a solid first-half display. They will look to keep the potent Dortmund attack at bay to start the game but as legs get weary we expect the game to open up. We, therefore, are backing them to score Most Goals in the 2nd Half @ 2.57 as our final call.