The stakes are high for Chelsea, manager Graham Potter, and American superstar Christian Pulisic as Borussia Dortmund comes to Stamford Bridge with a one-goal lead. Here, we look at odds, props, and a prediction for Chelsea vs. Dortmund for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match.
The German side is having one of its best seasons, occupying second place in the Bundesliga and is hoping to translate its domestic success into its first UCL final appearance since 2013. If they manage to keep the London side from winning, Dortmund will be one stage closer to their goal.
American Christian Pulisic could make a return from injury against his former club. Gio Reyna, his U.S. men’s national teammate, is one of the rising young talents at Dortmund.
Chelsea vs. Dortmund Odds: Moneyline & Total
Here are the betting lines from top US sportsbooks for Tuesday’s Champions League match between Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund, with the home English side priced as the significant favorite.
The odds are likely to change as we get closer to kickoff, and it’s always advised to weigh the options at various sports betting apps to find the best sportsbook bonuses and prices.
These odds reflect the prices for both sides on the three-way line, where a bet on either team is a loss in the event of a draw. DraftKings lists the draw at +295 as of Tuesday morning
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE · Tue (3/7) @ 3:00 pm ET
|Stamford Bridge, London, GB|
Chelsea Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Chelsea has had better days, and manager Graham Potter’s future may come down to Tuesday’s result. Advancing to the next round is the only guarantee of job stability for the 47-year-old Englishman.
After winning his first three Premier League matches, the Blues went winless in 13 of 15 league encounters. Falling to the middle of the table and suffering early elimination in domestic cup action has left the UEFA Champions League as Chelsea’s lone hope to lift a trophy this season.
Elimination from UCL play would be a huge blow to an already disappointing season. Chelsea needs to win by more than one goal as a 1-0 victory would extend the match into extra time and potentially a penalty shoot-out.
This will be Chelsea’s first home match against Dortmund and the ninth against a team from Germany in European competitions.
The two-time Champions League winners bolstered its squad by spending a reported £323 million ($400 million) in the January transfer window, the largest coming for FIFA World Cup winner Enzo Fernández for an English record £107 million ($132 million) deal with Benfica.
João Félix was acquired on loan from Atletico Madrid, and Ukrainian Mykhailo Mudryk made plenty of headlines for his hefty transfer from Shakhtar Donetsk. In the departures category was Jorginho, a part of Chelsea’s UCL conquest in 2020-21.
Of course, the Blues roster wasn’t too bad before those incoming transfers.
Winger Kai Havertz, midfielders Mateo Kovačić and N’Golo Kanté, and defenders Ben Chilwell and Reece James are players any other Premier League team would gladly take. Even American Christian Pulisic, who has fallen out of the pecking order, has his share of European suitors in case Chelsea ever feels the need to cut ties.
Pulisic last appeared in January due to a knee problem and could be back on the field on Tuesday. Kanté has been out since August and the team definitely misses a player of his caliber.
Armando Broja, Thiago Silva, and Mason Mount (suspension) are all ruled out. N’Golo Kanté is doubtful and has yet to play since August.
Borussia Dortmund Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Dortmund took a 1-0 home victory in the first leg almost a month ago.
The Back and Yellow are one of 11 clubs the English have played but have not beaten (excluding penalty shoot-outs). German Kai Havertz features for the West London side, while England international Jude Bellingham will be one of the players to watch for Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund fans are enjoying the ride as the team is currently equal on points with Bayern Munich for the top of the Bundesliga. The club has done well to offset the departure of young phenom Erling Haaland to Manchester City and is hoping to extend its recent success into a spot in the UCL elite eight.
Manager Edin Terzić deserves plenty of praise, but he won’t be satisfied coming close so close to a trophy and ending empty-handed. Dortmund is also alive in the DFB-Pokal. Don’t think they aren’t dreaming of a treble — why not, right?
Longtime Dortumund stalwarts Marco Reus and Mats Hummels were part of that 2012-13 runner-up squad that came close to lifting the Champions League trophy in London so many years ago. The two are leaders of today’s talented squad with the likes of Bellingham, Ivorian forward Sébastien Haller, and German midfielder Julian Brandt.
With a German base, Dortmund’s squad is complemented by the likes of Portuguese defender Raphaël Guerreiro, Turkish midfielder Salih Özcan. Netherlands forward Donyell Malen could see the field after missing out on making his country’s FIFA World Cup team. Another Englishman on the squad, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, played in Chelsea’s academy.
U.S. men’s national team fans will also be watching to see if winger Giovanni Reyna continues his post-World Cup form. The 20-year-old was actually born in England as his father, and former USMNT captain, Claudio Reyna played for Sunderland.
Youssoufa Moukoko is out. First-leg goalscorer Karim Adeyemi and goalkeeper Gregor Kobel are doubtful. Norwegian defender Julian Ryerson will miss the match due to suspension.
Chelsea vs. Dortmund Props
Below is a sampling of props for Chelsea vs. Dortmund.
Anytime Goalscorer (FanDuel):
- Kai Havertz: +200
- Joao Felix, Anthony Modeste: +220
- Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling: +240
- Sebastien Haller: +260
- Christian Pulisic: +290
- Marco Reus: +370
- Gio Reyna, Enzo Fernandez: +650
Correct Score (FanDuel):
- Chelsea 1-0: +600
- Liverpool 2-0: +750
- Liverpool 2-1: +700
- Real Madrid 1-0: +1300
- Real Madrid 2-0: +2200
- Real Madrid 2-1: +1400
- 0-0: +1200
- 1-1: +700
Total Goal Props (DraftKings):
- Over 0.5 goals -3500, Under 0.5 goals: +1100
- Over 1.5 goals -400, Under 1.5 goals: +295
- Over 2.5 goals -115, Under 2.5 goals: +105
- Over 3.5 goals +220, Under 3.5 goals: -285
Chelsea vs. Dortmund Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Tuesday, Mar. 7, 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Stamford Bridge
Watch this match at one of the following:
- fubo TV
- DirecTV Stream
Chelsea vs. Dortmund Prediction: Chelsea 3, Dortmund 1
Chelsea enters this game with a crucial 1-0 league win over Leeds. The result ended a three-match losing streak, dating back to the first leg of this Round of 16 matchup against Dortmund and a six-match winless run dating back to January 15.
Occupying the 10th place in the Premier League, the Blues have plenty of reason to be all in on the UEFA Champions League. It was just two years ago that Chelsea was crowned Champions of Europe and, while a few key players have departed, this roster has enough quality to make put a good run together in a knockout competition.
Dortmund is undefeated in 2023 across all competitions, and handing the Germans their first loss of the year will not be easy. With the crowd behind them at the Bridge, and a game that will keep hope for a trophy alive, Chelsea should be able to overturn the one-goal deficit and take an inspirational win toward the quarterfinals.
Here are a few bets available at DraftKings that are worth checking out:
- Chelsea (-115)
- Spread: Chelsea -1.5 (+220)
- Total: Over 3.5 (+225)