Looking for the best soccer picks for Wednesday's match between Dortmund & Galatasaray? We inspect the betting odds, noting that Jurgen Klopp's team has earned the maximum six points so far.
Dortmund, away from home, is the -115 favorite at a lot of the soccer betting sites we've been monitoring, though some outlets have a heftier price of -125 on offer.
That means Galatasaray has been penned as a home underdog in the soccer odds, with sportsbooks showing varying lines, starting at +325 and going all the way up to +375 at a book or two. A draw is at roughly +280 from Bodog.
With Dortmund and Arsenal the two obvious choices to advance out of Group D, it's going to be tough sledding for the Turkish outfit to surprise and move on.
A slow start certainly doesn't help, as Galatasaray has only mustered up one point through their first two CL fixtures. They tied Anderlecht 1-1 at home and then got thumped 4-1 away to the Gunners in their most recent taste of European action. It was ugly.
Since that forgettable showing against Arsenal, however, Galatasaray has managed to regain some pride by recording consecutive league wins over Kayseri Erciyesspor and then Fenerbahce.
The most recent win over Fenerbahce had as thrilling of an ending as you're going to see in soccer. The match was deadlocked at 0-0 for 88 minutes, that is until Wesley Sneijder took matters into his own hands and scored twice in a span of three minutes. Despite a goal in stoppage time from Fenerbache, Galatasaray was able to hold on for a big 2-1 league win.
Sneijder is the most recognizable name within the squad, especially now that Didier Drogba has moved back to Chelsea. Don't forget about Burak Yilmaz either, a very talented striker who has scored three league goals but has yet to find the back of the net in this term's edition of the Champions League.
Dortmund's season so far is basically split into two different categories.
While Klopp's team has been tremendous in the Champions League so far, winning both of its matches while scoring five goals and allowing zero, they've been a mess in the Bundesliga. Through eight league matches, the typically dominant Dortmund can be found in 14th place, a far cry from what we're used to seeing.
Of course, there's plenty of time left for Dortmund to rediscover its domestic form and make a run to the top of the table, but you'd have to think they've already conceded the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich, who once again are at the summit and ready to pull away from the pack.
Dortmund's recent form is worrying, as they've dropped consecutive league matches heading into Wednesday's away tie. After losing 1-0 at home to Hamburg, they fell 1-0 away to Koln. Klopp can't be happy whatsoever with what he's seeing from his crew right now, but the Champions League provides a grand stage for them to make up for their recent setbacks.
The old adage remains true though: form is temporary, class is permanent. Dortmund has the quality in place to win any time they step on the pitch. With guys like Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa, Ciro Immobile, and Mats Hummels, just to name a few, it's only a matter of time before BVB gets back on track. We suspect we'll see glimpses of that Wednesday.
Champions League Pick
This isn't as easy of a call as you may think. Dortmund is the better team all-around, but they've really struggled as of late, so it remains to be seen what kind of response we'll see.
However, we're going to be sensible and back quality over all else. In terms of European play, Dortmund has been on point with their performances, and we reckon that will continue this week.
At a reasonable offering in the soccer betting odds, we're going to pick Dortmund to put in a great shift and earn a victory away from home, in spite of their poor recent form. Back the visitors with your soccer picks.
Pick: Galatasaray 0 Borussia Dortmund 2 at 5Dimes