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Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund predictions, tips, odds & team news

By Ben Green

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund predictions, tips, odds & team news

Published: 7:51, 2 August 2023

Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund meet at Soldier Field in Chicago on Thursday for a blockbuster friendly at 1.30am (UK time).

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Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund odds

Chelsea have looked positive this pre-season so far under new boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has masterminded wins against Wrexham, Brighton and Fulham, as well as securing a draw with Champions League inductees Newcastle — but this test against Borussia Dortmund is arguably his biggest.

Edin Terzic has overseen five straight wins this summer for the Ruhr Valley giants, and perhaps most notably against Manchester United in Las Vegas. BVB ran out 3-2 victors in Sin City, and Terzic will no doubt be determined to claim a second successive Premier League scalp across the pond.

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund predictions

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 3/5 with Midnite
Correct score 2-2 10/1 with Ladbrokes
First Goalscorer Christopher Nkunku 9/2 with Betfair

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The stats behind our Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund predictions:

  • Christopher Nkunku has scored three goals for Chelsea so far this summer.
  • Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten this pre-season, including a 3-2 win over Man Utd.
  • Both clubs have scored in each of their matches this summer.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten this summer in four games, three of which have come against Premier League opposition.
  • Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund have scored a combined 33 goals this pre-season.

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund ‘first goalscorer’ tip

Christopher Nkunku first goalscorer @9/2 with Betfair

Keen to lay down an early marker and signal his intent to be the centrepiece scoring machine in Pochettino’s frontline, Christopher Nkunku has been utterly ruthless this summer so far. The major acquisition from RB Leipzig nabbed in the dying embers of his unofficial debut against Wrexham, before following up with goals against Brighton and Fulham. He looks hungry.

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund Bet-Builder tip

Christopher Nkunku first goalscorer, Nicolas Jackson anytime goalscorer & BTTS @21/1 with Betfair

Christopher Nkunku (three) and Nicolas Jackson (two) have scored a combined five goals this pre-season for Chelsea, with at least one on the scoresheet in every game so far. Dortmund certainly haven’t been shy in opposition territory either, as their three strikes against Manchester United have reinforced.

Chelsea team news

Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja, Benoit Badiashile and Marcus Bettinelli are all long-term absentees for Chelsea and will definitely sit out here, while Noni Madueke and Trevoh Chalobah are also both doubtful and will be assessed prior to kick-off.

Borussia Dortmund team news

Major summer signing Felix Nmecha is still yet to feature for Borussia Dortmund and there remains lingering doubts about whether he will participate in Thursday’s showdown, which will come as a huge frustration for Terzic. Nico Schlotterbeck and Julien Duranville are both also doubtful after missing the Man Utd win last week.

Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund head-to-head

07 Mar 2023 – Chelsea 2-0 Borussia Dortmund – Champions League

15 Feb 2023 – Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Chelsea – Champions League

These two clubs have only met twice before, and both meetings came in the Champions League last season. In one of Graham Potter’s final acts before getting the axe, he overturned a 1-0 deficit from a first-leg defeat in the last 16 to beat Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate. Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz got the goals for him at Stamford Bridge that sealed the turnaround.

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