Borussia Dortmund vs. Barcelona: Where to Watch UEFA Champions League, TV channel, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

Barcelona could welcome Lionel Messi back when it kicks off its Champions League campaign against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

The Argentine is yet to play this season after suffering a calf injury in training last month, but Barca coach Ernesto Valverde suggested he could feature in Germany.

"We'll decide tomorrow whether Messi is going to play," the Barcelona manager told reporters in a press conference on Monday.

"We weren't sure a week ago, but there's been a lot of progress."

While it is unlikely Messi will start given he's yet to play a minute of competitive soccer this season, his return provides a timely boost to Barcelona.

The Catalans begin their European campaign on Tuesday night determined to atone for their implosion in the semifinals last season.

Having beaten Liverpool 3-0 at the Camp Nou, Barcelona disintegrated in the second leg at Anfield, losing 4-0.

It was the second capitulation in as many seasons under Valverde, who had seen his side relinquish a three-goal lead in the quarterfinals against Roma 12 months earlier.

🐐 Guess who's back...
👑 Back again...
🐐 #Messi's back...
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🔵🔴 #ForçaBarça

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 17, 2019

Questions regarding Barcelona's mental strength remain unanswered, but the Catalans are joint-second favorites to win the Champions League this season.

The arrivals of Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong from Atletico Madrid and Ajax have freshened up Barcelona, while the emergence of teenager Ansu Fati has been a pleasant surprise so far.

It took the 16-year-old less than two minutes to score in his first start for Barcelona at the weekend, adding to the goal he scored before the international break.

Valverde, however, warned the teenager of the danger of getting carried away.

"It's not normal," he said after a 5-2 win over Valencia on Saturday. "It's all a bit exaggerated: it's not normal that his first touch is a goal, it's not normal that his second is an assist and his third almost goes into the top corner.

"Everything will go back to normal. This will get bigger and bigger, between us we have to deflate it a bit and protect the player."

Fati could start against Dortmund in the first game of what could be a challenging group. Aside from the Bundesliga side, which last year came close to dethroning Bayern Munich, Group F also includes Inter Milan and Slavia Prague.

While the latter is clearly the minnow in the pool, the former has spent almost $200 million on players in the summer and tops the Serie A table after three games.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday.

Lionel Messi, Barcelona
Lionel Messi friendly match between FC Barcelona v Arsenal at the Camp Nou on August 4 in Barcelona Spain Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty

When and where is the game?

Borussia Dortmund hosts Barcelona at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday, September 17, with kick-off scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

The two teams have only met once in their history, with Barcelona winning the 1997 UEFA Super Cup final 3-1 on aggregate.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on UniMas and TUDN with Spanish commentary.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via B/R Live as well as via fuboTV.


Dortmund has started the season on the front foot, winning three of its four Bundesliga games. The Black and Yellows sit second in the table with nine points after four games and arrive into the game of Tuesday after thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 on Saturday.

Barcelona, meanwhile, picked up its second win of the season with a 5-2 thumping of Valencia to climb to fifth in the table, three points behind league leaders Sevilla.

Team news

Dortmund has been boosted by the returns of Axel Witsel and Manuel Akanji. The pair played at the weekend against Bayer Leverkusen and are expected to start on Tuesday.

While Messi might be back, Barcelona will be without Samuel Umtiti and Neto, who are nursing a foot and wrist injury respectively, as well as long-term absentee Ousmane Dembele.


According to Oddschecker, Barcelona is a 5/4 favorite, while Dortmund is at 51/25 and the draw is at 11/4.