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Dortmund - APOEL Preview: A must-win in the Champions League

No ifs, ands, or buts.

APOEL Nikosia v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League Photo by Milos Bicanski/Bongarts/Getty Images,

Dortmund have to win tomorrow. There really aren’t two ways about it. If they want to maintain a small chance of staying in the Champions League, they need all three points.

BVB will welcome APOEL Nicosia to the Westfalenstadion, in the antepenultimate match of the Group Stage.

Peter Bosz’s team had their troubles with APOEL in Cyprus, where they drew 1-1. It was a sloppy match from BVB. The home side’s goal came about from an error by Roman Burki, and it was ultimately a draw that felt more like a loss. The black-and-yellows failed to capitalize on Tottenham and Real Madrid splitting the points in their encounter at the Bernabeu.

Madrid and Tottenham are set to play again tomorrow at Wembley as both teams seem to be near-certainties for the next round of the competition. They will be if Dortmund can’t take care of business against APOEL at home.

Nicosia are minnows, but they’re not pushovers. They have played hard in every single Champions League game to this point, and surely will again.

Dortmund are struggling everywhere at the moment. Even if it doesn’t save their Champions League campaign, a big win at home could be a remedy for their negative form.

They will get a bit of a boost from some players returning from injury. Omer Toprak should be available after a thigh problem, and Raphael Guerreiro is now fully back from his foot injury. But no matter the lineup tomorrow, a win is necessary.

If Dortmund can’t get a win, then they may even struggle to secure 3rd spot and a place in the Europa League.