Strap your seatbelts in Dortmund

Both Borussia Dortmund and PSG have been scoring goals for fun of late and that makes this first leg of their Champions League round of 16 ties a mouth-watering prospect. Neither side is the strongest defensively and with an open game anticipated, the goals should flow in this one.

While the Paris outfit could only manage a 4-4 draw against Amiens at the weekend, the result came without Mbappé, who was rested, and Neymar who is carrying a knock. The former will almost certainly come into the starting line-up here while the PSG-camp is hoping the Brazilian will also prove fit enough to play.

Should they both be deemed fit that will naturally bolster their attacking prowess even further. Dortmund has seen revelation Erling Braut Haaland leading their attack and he has already shown that he has made the step up from Salzburg with ease. He has eight goals in his five Bundesliga matches already and can continue his red-hot form in Europe too. With so much firepower on show, goals at both ends, and plenty of them, looks highly likely.

B. Dortmund Form

B. Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund’s goalscoring form continued on the weekend as they fired in four in a comfortable home win over Eintracht Frankfurt and their performances at Signal-Iduna Park especially have been eye-catching in recent weeks. Dortmund have now scored 22 goals in their last five league matches and that ability in front of goal will be crucial in this tie and, although a number of players have been chipping in with goals, all eyes will be on recent acquisition Haaland who has taken the Bundesliga by storm since signing from Salzburg.

England international Jadon Sancho is another who has caught the eye lately with some impressive performances domestically. Meanwhile, head coach Lucien Favre will still be without injured attacking pair Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, but he has plenty of other options at his disposal.

PSG’s winning run came to an end as they were held by Amiens in an enthralling 4-4 draw in their league clash at the weekend but with a sizeable lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table, they will have had one eye on this Champions League clash as they are desperate for success in Europe.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel has a selection headache in attack with Mauro Icardi, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria all vying for spots, while elsewhere defender Abdou Diallo has failed to make the trip to Germany so Marquinhos will partner compatriot Thiago Silva in central defence. Nothing is rarely guaranteed after all BVB have played out a goalless draw earlier this season. But a goal-shy encounter at the Signal-Iduna-Park Tuesday evening will be contrary to all logical thinking.

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