Manchester City travel to Signal Iduna Park to face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday with Pep Guardiola’s side looking to maintain their unbeaten run in Europe after three wins in their opening four games. They drew 0-0 with Copenhagen last time out.
The Sky Blues come into the game in good form. They have won three of their last five matches in all competitions, including their 5-0 victory over Copenhagen at the beginning of the month. In Europe, they have conceded just once in the competition so far, while scoring 11 times.
As for the hosts, they have momentum coming into the game on the back of a 5-0 league win over Stuttgart. The German club sit second in the group, three points behind City (7) after winning two of their opening four group-stage matches. They drew their last Champions League fixture 1-1 with Sevilla.
Guardiola’s side were victorious in their first group-stage meeting with Dortmund this season, beating the German club 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Late goals from John Stones and Erling Haaland saw the Sky Blues overturn a one-goal deficit and secure all three points that night.
When is the match?
The game takes place on Tuesday 25 October 2022 at Signal Iduna Park and kicks-off is at 8pm.
How to watch on TV
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2 with coverage of the game beginning at 7pm. A BT subscription is required to watch the fixture.
Davide Massa will take charge of the game and this will be his second Champions League match involving City this season. The official refereed the Sky Blues’ 4-0 away win against Sevilla at the beginning of September, while also taking charge of Marseille’s 4-1 victory over Sporting in Group D on October 4.
Massa will be assisted by Filippo Meli and Stefano Alassio, while Rosario Abisso will be on fourth official duty. Massimiliano Irrati and Alejandro Hernandez are set to oversee VAR from UEFA HQ in Switzerland.
Guardiola made three changes to his starting XI against Brighton & Hove Albion in their last match from that which played Liverpool the previous weekend. Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish replaced Nathan Ake, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden, while John Stones returned to the bench after missing City’s last five games through injury.
Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker are unavailable after undergoing surgery on injuries in recent weeks. Ahead of the Sky Blues’ league win over the Seagulls, Guardiola gave an update on the status of the pair. He said in his pre-match press conference: “Kalvin is recovering really well, but I didn’t speak with doctors about Kyle. Hopefully they can help him.”
As for Dortmund, they are expected to be without Nico Schlotterbeck after the defender was forced off with a calf issue against Stuttgart. Confirmed absentees for the clash on Tuesday are Thomas Meunier, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Mateu Morey, Mahmoud Dahoud and Sebastien Haller, while Donyell Malen and Marco Reus could return after illness and a knock - Salih Ozcan is ruled out through suspension.
Tuesday’s fixture won’t be an easy one for City despite Dortmund’s injury list. The Sky Blues will have the famous yellow wall to deal with off the pitch, while the likes of Jude Bellingham, Youssoufa Moukoko and Raphael Guerreiro all looking to cause an upset in Germany on it.
However, Guardiola’s squad is one of the strongest in the competition and will be doing all they can to maintain their unbeaten record in Europe this campaign, including utilising their dangerous link between Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland. The former has two assists so far in the Champions League, while the latter has netted five times.
Our prediction: Dortmund 1-2 City