- Slavia Prague were a whisker away from beating Inter at the San Siro in Matchday 1
- Borussia Dortmund might also have beaten Barcelona at home but for a missed penalty from Marco Reus
- With all four Group F teams drawing on Matchday 1, the opportunity is there for one of these teams to claim at least a share of the group lead
Slavia Prague might not be the biggest name in European soccer, but in just their second Champions League group stage campaign, they are starting to make some of the bigger names sit up and take notice.
Of course, Borussia Dortmund are no strangers to success in these parts, having won the whole thing in 1997 and are now taking part in their 14th Champions League season.
Slavia Prague vs Borussia Dortmund UCL Matchday 2 Odds
|Team||Spread||Moneyline at Bovada||Total|
|Slavia Prague||+0.5 (EVEN)||+295||O 3.0 (EVEN)|
|Borussia Dortmund||-0.5 (-120)||-110||U 3.0 (-125)|
*Odds taken on 09/30/19
With all four teams in Group F drawing to open their 2019-20 Champions League campaign, Matchday 2 offers a chance for either Prague or Dortmund to grab a share of the group lead with a win.
Prague Look to Build on Strong Opening
If it wasn’t for Nicolo Barella’s injury-time equalizer, Slavia Prague would have picked up their first-ever Champions League group-stage away win, and at the San Siro of all places.
Though certainly disappointed to miss out on all three points, the reigning Czech champions will look to make amends at home to the 1997 Champions League winners. It will be the first time the two clubs have ever met, and is Prague’s first game against German opposition since they lost 2-0 to Hamburg in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup. In fact, in their last nine games against clubs from Germany, a 1-0 home win against Schalke in the 1998-99 UEFA Cup is their lone success.
Sinobo Stadium Success
With 29 points from 11 games domestically, Prague are in a rich vein of form to begin their season. But is at home that the club has really dominated, winning all five league games while scoring 10 and conceding none.
That's what we call an impressive home record! 🏟️🏰
— SK Slavia Prague EN (@slavia_eng) September 29, 2019
And that impressive record extends to European competition, too, where last season’s loss to Chelsea in the Europa League quarterfinals represents Prague’s lone home defeat in its eight games at Sinobo Stadium.
Slavia Prague vs Borussia Dortmund UCL 2019-20 Statistics
The goalless draw with Barcelona on Matchday 1 means that Dortmund have won just one of their last six Champions League matches, and they’ve failed to score in five of those, including the last three in a row.
On top of that, they’ve only won two of their last 12 away matches in the UCL, so the portents aren’t necessarily strong for Wednesday’s contest in Prague.
On top of Dortmund’s dismal run in front of goal of late, their history against Czech clubs also suggests goals might be hard to come by this week. The team’s last two away games in the Czech Republic have both ended goalless, but Dortmund has a record of three wins and two draws in their five total visits.
In addition, Borussia Dortmund are yet to concede a goal in Prague, having recorded two wins and a draw in three visits there.
Sliding Down the Table
With a record of three wins, two draws and one loss, Dortmund have found themselves in eighth place in the Bundesliga. But their position is not down to a lack of scoring in domestic competition. Rather, the club’s 17 league goals are second only to league leaders Bayern Munich.
However, the club’s defensive record could be improved, as the nine goals it has conceded places it 10th out of 20 clubs, and it has failed to hold leads in its last two Bundesliga contests.
Pick: Draw (+275)
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