David Moyes is already talking up Manchester United’s chances in the Champions League but if the Red Devils are to navigate through the last eight, their best chance of success may be a date with last year’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund.
The Premier League champions are 18/1 to claim the trophy they won back in 2008 and should they be drawn against Jurgen Klopp’s BVB team then it could yet prove a bet worth backing.
Dortmund have been a shadow of the side that won fans across Europe last term with their swashbuckling brand of football that saw them go unbeaten at the Westfalenstadion throughout the tournament.
This term Klopp’s team have already lost twice at home in Europe, while the Bundesliga outfit have kept just one clean sheet at home in the competition.
The departure of Mario Gotze to rivals Bayern Munich hardly helped things, while Robert Lewandowski’s imminent move to the Bavarian giants has upset the applecart further.
Little surprise then that Dortmund are priced as outsiders in the Champions League outright betting, with BVB priced at 12/1.
Injuries have played a part with the defensive duo of Matt Hummels and Neven Subotic both sidelined at various points alongside full-back Lukasz Piszczek.
And with each of these players linked with a move away from this summer, it remains questionable as to whether they have the motivation to win the competition for a club they could soon be parting company with.
In the Bundesliga, meanwhile, Dortmund have been some way off the pace set by Bayern, with the Reds currently 23 points clear of BVB and closing in on another title victory.
Dortmund have won just five of their last 11 league games in an alarming slump in form that would have been highlighted further, were it not for the similarly dismal showing from the teams directly below them in the standings.
Once again home form has been questionable, with the Black and Yellows picking up two wins from their last seven at home in the league.
The goals aren’t flowing as well either, with Dortmund failing to score more than one in each of their last three fixtures, while Lewandowski’s tally of 21 in 32 games is some way off the 36 he scored over 49 games last term.
Moyes may be dreaming of Champions League success, but those hopes could move one step closer to reality should Manchester United meet Dortmund.
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