Borussia Dortmund are hoping to get a positive result against Chelsea in their first ever meeting in the UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg.
Dortmund finished second in Group G with 9 points behind Man City, while Chelsea won Group E with 13 points.
Dortmund extended their winning run to six matches across all competitions after securing a 2-0 away win at Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Chelsea on the other hand have drawn three successive games and are desperate to record a win that would boost their morale after splashing cash during the transfer window.
Dortmund currently sit third in the Bundesliga table with 40 points, three behind leaders Bayern Munich and remain in a hotly-contested race for the title.
Graham Potter’s side are worse off as they sit in 10th place with 31 points, a distant 20 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Chelsea’s Champions League record in the round of 16 is 10 wins and six defeats and they beat French side Lille 4-1 on aggregate last season.
Dortmund have struggled against English teams over the years, failing to win any of their last 10 such games in European competition including eight defeats.
Chelsea are two-time winners of the Champions League, in 2012 and most recently in 2021 after beating Man City 1-0 in the final.
Dortmund have only ever won the title once in 1997, beating Juventus 3-1 in the final in front of their home fans in Germany.
Will the Germans end their horrid run against English opposition in the competition or can the Blues muster a win here?
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What time does Dortmund vs Chelsea start?
The game kicks off at 11pm Kenyan time at the Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund vs Chelsea team news
Thomas Meunier’s return from injury is a boost for the home team and is set to start as well as Rafael Guerreiro on the opposite flank.
Jude Bellingham has scored 4 goals in 5 UCL games this season and will start in midfield alongside Emre Can and Marco Reus.
Youssoufa Moukoko is injured and will sit this one out meaning Sebastien Haller is primed to lead the attacking line.
As for the visitors, they still have a host of injured players missing but still boast enough quality to field a strong XI.
Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly will continue their pairing in the heart of defense with Reece James and Marc Cucurella on the flanks.
Enzo Fernandez will get his UCL debut in midfield as well as Ruben Loftus-Cheek who has recently recovered from injury.
Joao Felix will start as well, looking to add to his first Blues goal that he scored last weekend in a 1-1 draw against West Ham
Dortmund vs Chelsea head to head
This will be the first competitive match between these two teams.
Dortmund vs Chelsea current form
The home team boast an 8-game winning streak coming into this game while Chelsea have only managed one win in that period, drawing three times and losing one game.
Dortmund vs Chelsea prediction
The hosts are on an impressive run of form but their dismal run of performances against English opposition is a concern.
Both teams are tipped to score but a draw could be the most likely outcome.