Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg 10/28/20 UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Borussia Dortmund vs. Zenit St. Petersburg 10/28/20 UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by

Borussia Dortmund 0-0-1, Zenit St. Petersburg 0-0-1

10/28/20 4 pm

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Borussia Dortmund is welcoming Zenit St. Petersburg to Signal Iduna Park in round 2 in the UEFA Champions League.

Borussia has been playing solid soccer in Bundesliga, but they have lost their first Champions League game to Lazio last week. Borussia was the dominant team in that game with 65% of ball possession, 7 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a solid 88% of the correct passes. Despite being the better team in this game, Borussia has lost this match 3-1. Haaland is the only goalscorer for Borussia in the Champions League with 1 goal, while Reyna added 1 assist. Borussia has 4 wins and 1 draw in Bundesliga, and they are in 3rd place with 12 points at this time. With 11 scored goals in the opening 5 games of the season, Borussia is one of the best offensive teams in Bundesliga, but they have conceded only 2 goals which makes them the best defensive team so far. Zagadou, Schmelzer, Schulz, and Can are all injured for Borussia, and they will miss this game. Borussia is playing good soccer, especially on the defensive end, but they can still create a lot of chances, and score a ton of goals, especially through the counterattacks.

After 6 games without a loss in the Russia Premier League, Zenit has lost their last 2 games in a row. During this negative stretch, Zenit has conceded 4 goals while scoring only 2 goals. Zenit’s latest loss came in the Premier League to Rubin Kazan, and with that loss, Zenit has also lost first place in the standings. In the Champions League game against Club Brugge last week, Zenit has had 52% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 76% of the correct passes. Zenit conceded a goal in the 63rd minute, but they tied the score in the 74th minute. Zenit was attacking since that goal, but they ended up conceding another goal in the 93rd minute, and Zenit has lost that match 1-2. The only goal for Zenit in the Champions League was an own goal scored by Club Brugge. Malcom and Azmoun are both injured, and they will miss this game. Zenit is the best team in Russia, and this bad form is only temporary. Zenit is still the biggest favorite to win the title in Russia, but Zenit will be fighting for third place and the Europa League in this group.

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Borussia and Dortmund have played only twice against each other, and each team has won 1 game, and there were at least 3 goals in both of those games. Borussia is playing better soccer defensively, but Zenit can still score a goal against any team, and as we saw from the recent results, the underdogs are playing good soccer in the Champions League. With all of that being said, I will pick something on goals here.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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