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Sporting vs Dortmund PREVIEW

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The UEFA Champions League, November 24, Kick-off 20:00 GMT

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In all European competition, Borussia Dortmund have never drawn a match with Portuguese opposition (W9 L4), though all four of those defeats have come in away games. However, in their only previous trip to Sporting in October 2016 they ran out 2-1 winners.

Sporting have netted eight goals in their last two UEFA Champions League games against Besiktas – netting four times in each – just one fewer than they managed in the nine games beforehand (9). Before Bayern Munich did so already this season, the last side to score 4+ times in three straight matches in the competition were Spurs in 2019-20.

Sporting CP have lost each of their previous three European encounters with Borussia Dortmund – all of which have come in the UEFA Champions League group stages since 2016-17.

Sporting have lost more games (10) and conceded more goals (32) against German sides in UEFA Champions League matches than teams from any other country, managing to win just one of their previous 13 such games (D2 L10) – a 4-2 win over Schalke in November 2014.

Despite winning twice and losing twice in their four group games so far, Sporting CP (6) have only amassed more points after four UEFA Champions League games once before – nine in 2008-09 – the only campaign in which they’ve gone on to progress to the knockout stages of the competition.

Borussia Dortmund have only beaten Galatasaray (4) more often in the UEFA Champions League than their three wins over Sporting – each of which have come via a single-goal margin.

Victory for Dortmund in Portugal would see the Germans progress to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for the fourth consecutive campaign, which would equal their best such run in the competition between 2012-13 and 2016-17.

In this season’s UEFA Champions League, Only Mo Salah (3.01), Robert Lewandowski (4.77) and Sebastien Haller (5.51) have accumulated a higher xG tally (excluding pens) than Sporting’s Paulinho (2.96), who has scored with three of his six shots on target to date. However, two of his goals have come from outside the area, the joint-most of any player alongside Leroy Sane and Sebastian Thill.

33% of Pablo Sarabia’s six UEFA Champions League goals have come in his last two games (2/6), netting in both games against Besiktas. He’s never scored more in a single campaign in the competition, whilst the last Sporting player to net in three successive appearances was Nani back in 2014 (teammate Paulinho has also netted in the last two).

Without Erling Haaland – who’s already ruled out of this contest through injury – Borussia Dortmund have managed just five goals in four UEFA Champions League matches (1.25 on average), compared to 20 in 12 with him in the side (1.7) since his debut for the club in February 2020. Indeed, the Norwegian international has had a direct hand in 60% of their 25 goals in the competition over the same timeframe (13 goals, 2 assists), the highest share of any player for a team who’ve scored at least five goals in this period.

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