Borussia Dortmund are fighting to qualify for the Champions League round of 16, but they desperately need a win over Besiktas on Tuesday night and some help from Ajax. The Germans are three points behind second-place Sporting Lisbon, who play Ajax on Tuesday in Amsterdam.
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Borussia Dortmund trail Sporting Lisbon by three points. A win over Besiktas and a Sporting Lisbon loss to Ajax would put the Germans level on nine points with the Portuguese club. However, Borussia Dortmund must also overturn Sporting Lisbon’s superior goal difference. The Yellow and Black have a goal difference of –6, while Sporting Lisbon’s goal difference is +4.
Besiktas have already been eliminated from the Champions League. The Turkish club has been so poor in the Champions League group stage that they will finish last regardless of Tuesday’s result versus Borussia Dortmund.
Marco Rose’s Borussia Dortmund won the reverse fixture against Besiktas 2-1. Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland scored in the first half to put Borussia Dortmund up 2-0 at the break. Besiktas scored in the 90th minute through Francisco Montero to make the game look closer than it actually was in the end.
Borussia Dortmund vs Besiktas Betting Odds
Borussia Dortmund are coming off of a disappointing Der Klassiker loss to Bayer Munich. Rose’s team is on a poor run of form currently. Borussia Dortmund have lost four of their last six matches in all competitions. The team’s defence has been abysmal, conceding 13 goals during those six fixtures.
Bookies’ best betting odds on a Borussia Dortmund win at full-time are at ¼. Borussia Dortmund could pick up a win, but they desperately need help from Ajax to qualify for the round of 16. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Besiktas win at full-time are at 11/1.
Besiktas are having a torrid time this season and sit in ninth place in the Turkish Super Lig. Seven straight Besiktas matches finished without a victory and six of those games ended as defeats. At the weekend, Besiktas tallied a 1-1 draw with Kasimpasa to end the team’s six match losing streak.
Borussia Dortmund have conceded 11 times in the Champions League and scored a mere five games. Erling Haaland has scored just one goal this season in the Champions League. He has played a mere 180 minutes in the group stage due to injuries.
Borussia Dortmund vs Besiktas Team News
Erling Haaland is fit following a hip injury that kept him out of action for almost all of November. He scored against Bayern Munich at the weekend as the team lost 3-2. Marco Rose will have no issues about starting Haaland against Besiktas with Champions League progression on the line.
Donyell Malen will also be in line to start. Although some have called Tuesday’s match meaningless, Borussia Dortmund can still qualify for the round of 16. Rose should take the match very seriously. Forward Youssoufa Moukoko is ruled out with a muscular injury and Thorgan Hazard is a doubt following a positive COVID-19 test. Julian Brandt suffered a head injury against Bayern Munich and will be out for the foreseeable future.
Besiktas manager Sergen Yalcin has faced a series of injuries. Gokhan Tore is on the sidelines with a knee injury and goalkeeper Mert Gunok has an ACL injury, which will also keep him out. Ersin Destanoglu should go into goal for the injured Gunok.
Alex Teixeira has a thigh injury and will miss the fixture. German midfielder Can Bozdogan could therefore start in Teixeira’s place. Strikers Cyle Larin and Michy Batshuayi are likely to start up front if Yalcin opts for a two-man attack.
Borussia Dortmund vs Besiktas H2H
Champions League matchday 1 saw Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas play for the first time in European action. Borussia Dortmund claimed a 2-1 win versus Besiktas with the final scoreline flattering the Black Eagles.
Dortmund are on a terrible run of form having lost four of their last six games in all competitions. Each of those six games saw both teams score goals and over 2.5 goals tallied.
Seven straight Besiktas matches have finished without wins and six of those fixtures resulted in defeats. Four of the games ended with Besiktas failing to score a single goal. Besiktas have been outscored 36-25 this season in all competitions.
Borussia Dortmund vs Besiktas Prediction
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Borussia Dortmund have been poor in defence this season. They have conceded 33 goals this season. Fifteen of Borussia Dortmund’s 21 games in all competitions finished with both teams scoring goals. Eleven of Besiktas’ 20 matches in all competitions have finished with both teams scoring goals. Our betting tips prediction is for Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas to both score on Tuesday night.
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Besiktas’s defence has been poor this season and injuries continue to plague manager Yalcin. They have conceded 36 goals and average 1.80 goals allowed per match this term. Besiktas have not kept a clean sheet since September 11. Our betting tips prediction is for Borussia Dortmund to score first against Besiktas, just like they did in the reverse fixture on Champions League matchday 1. Dortmund scored first at the weekend versus Bayern Munich and should do the same against Besiktas on Tuesday.
Erling Haaland to score two or more goals @ 29/20 - BET NOW
Erling Haaland was a big miss for Borussia Dortmund during November. He is now back and the attack is once again centred around him. Haaland has scored 15 goals in 12 matches in all competitions this season. Four of Haaland’s matches this season saw him score two or more goals. He has scored in two straight Bundesliga matches since returning from a hip injury. Our betting tips prediction is for Haaland to score two or more goals.
We also predict Borussia Dortmund to win the match at full-time versus Besiktas. The Yellow and Black will be just too strong. With Ajax playing well, they could defeat Sporting Lisbon and give Borussia Dortmund the chance to progress to the round of 16. If Ajax can help Dortmund, they could score enough goals to swing the goal difference, but it will be difficult.
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