Back in August, Malaga beat Panathinaikos over two legs to book their place in the group stage of the Champions League, where they were expected to experience a heroic failure.
The presence of Zenit St Petersburg and Milan in the group suggested that Manuel Pellegrini’s side might end up featuring in the Europa League, although the Spanish side topped the section despite financial issues which caused them to sell players like Santi Cazorla last summer.
Los Boquerones are now just four games away from the Champions League final at Wembley, with a chance to establish a first leg advantage on Wednesday night against the German champions. Bet365 offer 13/5 that they manage to claim victory.
Malaga were able to turn their last sixteen tie against Porto around to win 2-1 on aggregate, with Isco and former Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz scoring the all-important goals. Since then they have lost at home to Espanyol and won away to Rayo Vallecano.
Form at La Rosaleda hasn’t exactly been sparkling domestically, with seven wins in fifteen matches, although the Spanish side have produced the goods in Europe when it has mattered, with a slender 1-0 scoreline potentially the way to go at odds of 11/1 (BetVictor).
After all, it’s worth noting that Borussia Dortmund could only manage a 2-2 draw away to Shaktar Donetsk in the previous round before an easy win in the return leg, with Jurgen Klopp’s team not the best from a defensive point-of-view.
It was a similar story during the group stage where admittedly Die Schwarzgelben unexpectedly won a group that also included Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax. However, the bottom line is that the German side don’t need to win on Wednesday night and will be confident of getting the job done at Westfalenstadion.
If you do fancy a Dortmund win, Sky Bet go 5/4 about the visitors claiming a first leg victory and we can be sure the visitors will be full of attacking flair, especially with such a sharp shooter in attack. Robert Lewandowski is currently scoring for fun, with BetVictor going 9/2 about the forward scoring the first of this game.
Dortmund games tend to produce goals and Ladbrokes have even money about three goals or more being scored, while a 2-2 draw occurred at the Donbass Arena and could be worth a few quid at odds of 17/1.