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Malaga v Dortmund: Germans to gain another useful score draw

| 03.04.2013

In an intriguing Champions League quarter-final tie, Malaga are 21/10 to gain a first-leg advantage over Dortmund, despite possessing home advantage.

Tipped by many as dark horses for the tournament, the unbeaten Germans are 5/4 to take a victory back to the Westfalenstadion, with the draw priced at 23/10.

At a better value 3/1 though, it seems wiser to invest in a stalemate in which both sides find the net, especially considering the visitors’ recent record in Spain.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have met La Liga opposition on two occasions within the past three years, with 2-2 the prevailing result in each game.

And considering that one of those scorelines was achieved against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid earlier this season, Dortmund’s credibility as serious European contenders is affirmed.

Also in light of that though, and the fact that the Germans shared four goals evenly with Shakhtar in their last Champions League away fixture, the 2-2 draw may prove a popular correct score bet.

It is available at 14/1, whilst 15/2 is the price that the sides are drawing 2-2 at any point during the 90 minutes.

Alternatively, more cautious punters may simply wish to bet on the amount of goals each team scores in the match.

Dortmund have struck nine times in just four matches on their European travels this term, meaning they have notched just over two goals per away game on average so far.

And as such, they tempt at 31/20 to score two or three times in this game too.

Hosts Malaga aren’t shy in front of goal either though, and in light of the 10 Champions League goals they’ve plundered on their own patch this season, they could prove a value selection in the same market at 11/5.

With goals expected therefore, player markets can also provide profit-making opportunities for punters, and Robert Lewandowski is 9/2 favourite to open the scoring here.

The Pole has five goals in eight European outings this term, and fronts a wealthy list of first-scorer candidates, many of whom provide significant each-way value in this market.

Most prominent is perhaps defender and penalty specialist Mats Hummels, who has already found the net in Europe this season, and is 16/1 to break the deadlock here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee