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Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Real and Dortmund lock horns in epic clash

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal
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All games BT Sport Extra, 7,45pm

Both of those clashes finished 2-2 and goals appear guaranteed, particularly as Dortmund need the win following a 3-1 matchday one defeat at Tottenham.

Dortmund hammered Monchengladbach 6-1 on Saturday when the visitors were lucky to lose by only five and they seem even more adventurous under new boss Peter Bosz.

Their goal difference of plus 18 is the best after six matches in Bundesliga history but, as Spurs highlighted at Wembley, defensively Dortmund have much to learn at the top level.

Expect Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco to cause havoc on the break with Dortmund’s high line extremely vulnerable.

Over 3.5 goals
1pt 11-10 Betfair, Paddy Power

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Team news
Borussia Dortmund
Erik Durm, Marcel Schmelzer, Sebastian Rode and Raphael Guerreiro are out.

Real Madrid
Karim Benzema, Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo and Theo Hernandez have not travelled.

Key stat
Real Madrid have never won in Dortmund, losing and drawing three times each.

Napoli v Feyenoord
The last time Feyenoord won a non-qualifying Champions League clash on their travels was in 2002 at Newcastle and that away-day hell is unlikely to end in Naples.

It’s great to see a fine name like Feyenoord, who won their first Eredivisie title in 18 years last season, back at this level but they should be outclassed.

That was the case on matchday one when Manchester City eased to a 4-0 win in Rotterdam and it could be argued Feyenoord are a weaker team than last season.

Eljero Elia, Terence Kongolo, Rick Karsdorp and Dirk Kuyt are some of those to have departed, while top goalscorer Nicolai Jorgensen is injured.

Feyenoord have lost their last two league games and keeper Brad Jones looked hapless in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to NAC, which does not bode well.

Napoli have scored at least three goals in all six of their Serie A clashes this season.

Napoli to win both halves
1pt Evs general

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Team news
Arkadiusz Milik is out with a long-term knee injury.

Eric Botteghin joins Nicolai Jorgensen and Kenneth Vermeer on the sidelines. Sven van Beek and Bart Nieuwkoop travelled.

Key stat
Feyenoord have lost 11 and won one of their last 15 European away matches.

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Besiktas v Leipzig
Leipzig have come a long way in a short space of time and they could hardly have been handed a more intimidating first European journey than a trip to Istanbul.

No side gets an easy ride at Besiktas in European encounters and this could well be a game in which goals occur at both ends.

Both teams scored in 11 of Besiktas’s 12 European matches last term, although it may pay to be more ambitious by backing at least three goals.

Besiktas highlighted their attacking qualities with three goals in a win at Porto on matchday one but Leipzig also have goals in them.

Striker Timo Werner, who scored in Saturday’s win over Eintracht Frankfurt, has notched nine times in ten appearances for club and country this season, while Naby Keita’s return from injury and suspension is a massive boost to the Bulls.

Over 2.5 goals
1pt 4-5 188Bet

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Team news
Atinc Nukan, Gokhan Gonul and Gokhan Tore are out. Adriano is doubtful.

Naby Keita and Kevin Kampl were injury doubts but both have travelled to Istanbul.

Key stat
Besiktas have lost one of their last 17 European home matches.

Sevilla v Maribor
Sevilla have won their last two home matches to nil and they can bring up the hat-trick against Maribor.

Maribor bring a decent record to Seville, having lost only one of their 20 matches in all competitions this season, while their domestic tally of 24 points from ten fixtures is an improvement of four points on this time last year.

However, this is not a typical clash for the Slovenians, who are going up several notches in grade from their usual opposition and the probable absence of last season’s leading scorer Luka Zahovic would lessen the chance of launching dangerous counter-attacks.

Sevilla were unable to make many inroads at Atletico Madrid on Saturday – they lost 2-0 and failed to register a shot on target – but this will be much more to their liking.

Keeper Sergio Rico is protected well and this should be a routine home banker.

Sevilla to win to nil
1pt 4-5 general

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Team news
Simon Kjaer is doubtful but Nolito has returned to fitness.

Marko Suler joins Denis Sme and Dare Vrsic on the injury list. Luka Zahovic and Martin Milec have travelled but are doubts.

Key stat
Both teams have scored in only one of Sevilla’s last six matches.

Monaco v Porto
There is not much love for Monaco in the betting but last season’s Champions League semi-finalists can continue to make a mockery of market drifts against Porto.

Monaco are not as good as they were last season when, as well as reaching the last four of this competition, they claimed the Ligue 1 title.

However, 17 wins in their last 18 league games cannot be a fluke even if Radamel Falcao will struggle to continue his red-hot streak.

Falcao is Europe’s top goalscorer in elite leagues with 11 goals this season but those have come from only 12 attempts on target.

Monaco matched Leipzig in a 1-1 draw on matchday one despite an alarming drift in the betting, whereas Porto were beaten 3-1 at home by Besiktas.

Porto have won seven on the spin to lead their domestic league but it has been from a soft set of early fixtures.

1pt 11-10 general

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Team news
Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic is out but Thomas Lemar is set to return.

Andre Andre is absent. Vincent Aboubakar and Maxi Pereira return from European bans.

Key stat
Monaco have won 17 of their last 18 Ligue 1 matches.

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