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Dortmund vs Real Madrid, 2017 Champions League: Team news, predicted lineups and prediction

Will Bale return to the starting XI?

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Huge game for Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. While Los Blancos are trying to bounce back from their disappointing start to the 2017-18 La Liga season, Dortmund need to regroup after their 3-1 loss against Tottenham in the first game of this Champions League group stage. A loss for the German side could very well be devastating, so Madrid should expect a good fight from Dortmund.

Gareth Bale is expected to make his return to the starting lineup alongside Luka Modric. Both players stayed on the bench during Real’s 1-2 win against Alaves but will almost certainly start this time around. Toni Kroos will also be back with the team as he has recovered from the small injury which kept him out of Reals previous game.

German star Marco Reus is still out with a knee injury and Christian Pulisic will lead the offensive line with the help of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Bartra, Toljan; Şahin, Dahoud, Götze; Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Philipp.

Out: Guerreiro (ankle), Schmelzer (ankle), Rode (ankle), Durm (hip), Reus (knee)

Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modrić, Casemiro, Isco; Bale, Ronaldo, Asensio.

Out: Benzema (hamstring), Marcelo (hamstring), Kovačić (adductor), Vallejo (fitness)

Doubtful: Kroos (rib), Hernández (shoulder)


Date: 09/26/2017

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.

Venue: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany.


Available TV: FOX Sports 1 (USA), BT Sport Extra (UK), Antena 3 (Spain).

Available Streaming: FOX Sports GO (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a summer discount for new members and Managing Madrid readers).


Dortmund 1 (Aubameyang)-3 Real Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo x2, Bale)

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