The 22-year-old scored twice in the 4-0 victory over Sevilla, bringing his European record to 25 goals in 20 Champions League outings. Phil Foden and Ruben Dias both scored at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and Haaland needs no further motivation to beat his former team.
Guardiola’s side, along with all Premier League sides competing in European competition, has enjoyed the uncommon luxury of a week off following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Nevertheless, City has gone through their first seven games of the season undefeated in all competitions, scored at least 3 goals in each of their four home games (17 in all), and will take control of Guardiola his 150th Champions League game this week.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager continues his excruciating quest for a European trophy with the Citizens, but the hosts have a chance to extend their Champions League home unbeaten streak to 21 games this week, while Dortmund travels to England on the heels of a heartbreaking defeat on the road.
RB Leipzig fired Domenico Tedesco after a 4-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk and replaced him with former Borussia Dortmund head coach Marco Rose, who oversaw a decisive victory against his former team in the Bundesliga.
Willi Orban’s header, Dominik Szoboszlai’s thunderbolt, and Amadou Haidara’s tap-in gave Die Roten Bullen a 3-0 victory over Dortmund scoreline that the Black and Yellow inflicted on Copenhagen in their Champions League opening.
The loss at the Red Bull Arena interrupted Dortmund’s streak of three straight victories and three consecutive clean sheets. Dortmund might use Champions League hero Haaland leading the line right now, but Giovanni Reyna made his presence felt last week.
The 19-year-old, who came on as an early substitute to replace the injured Thorgan Hazard, assisted on Jude Bellingham and Raphael Guerreiro’s goals against Copenhagen and hoped to play a vital role as Dortmund attempts to avoid a third consecutive Champions League away loss.
The Bundesliga team has not drawn on the road in the Champions League since October 2017 – they have won seven and lost ten such games over the past five seasons – but they lost 4-2 on aggregate to Man City in the quarterfinals of the 2020-21 competition.
Kyle Walker and John Stones were both forced to miss Man City’s victory over Sevilla owing to minor ailments; Stones will return for this contest, while Walker remains sidelined.
The absence of fellow central defender Aymeric Laporte should facilitate a reunion between former Dortmund defenders Manuel Akanji and Sergio Gomez, who also played at the Westfalenstadion, and their former club.
While Guardiola has little reason to alter a winning formula given the lack of a weekend match, Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez will continue to attempt to displace Jack Grealish.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Ederson; Cancelo, Akanji, Dias, Gomez; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Haaland, Foden
Meanwhile, Dortmund attacker Hazard only lasted 23 minutes against Copenhagen before being forced off with a thigh injury, but he has been included in the traveling squad for this match.
Gregor Kobel, Sebastien Haller, Mahmoud Dahoud, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, and Mateu Morey are among Dortmund’s long list of injured players. Reyna and Marius Wolf are on standby if Hazard is only fit for the bench.
Donyell Malen (thigh) and Karim Adeyemi (foot) have not yet been ruled out of this game, but their prospects of playing are extremely low. Therefore Anthony Modeste should once again carry the offensive load.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Meyer; Meunier, Sule, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro; Ozcan, Bellingham; Reyna, Reus, Brandt; Modeste
|Game:||Man City vs Dortmund|
|Date:||September 14/15, 2022|
|Kick-off:||8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET / 12:30am IST|
|Stream:||fuboTV (start with free trial)|
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Man City 3-1 Dortmund
Manchester City will be rested and ready to go after a weekend off, and Pep Guardiola will likely try to put the game out of reach immediately. As a result of their crushing defeat by RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund may find it difficult to perform under the intense pressure required of them. Hard Tackle says the home team will win 3-1.