When these teams met last month, we all expected a tight affair between two evenly matched teams, but the 4-0 result after a bashing of Atletico Madrid by Borussia Dortmund looked so much like a one-sided game even though it was still a surprising result.
That result shows just how good Dortmund are shaping up to become under the leadership of Lucien Favre. The former Nice manager has helped them to go 4 points clear in the Bundesliga table, and 3 points clear of Atletico Madrid in their Champions League group. A win here would help Dortmund qualify for the next round as group winners.
Atletico Madrid suffered their heaviest defeat inside 90 minutes under Diego Simeone in their last Champions League against this Dortmund side, and they would be out to correct that in this game. The Spaniards haven’t had a straightforward season so far.
They drew 1-1 against Leganes at the weekend to go 4 points behind Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table. They are on course to do better in the Champions League this season, but that is only because AS Monaco and Anderlecht are not doing anything good to get a passage from the group stage.
Atlético Madrid have won just one of their five games against Borussia Dortmund in European competition (D1 L3), including defeats in three of the most recent four meetings.