Borussia Dortmund stumbled once again in the Champions League following an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid this midweek. Peter Bosz’s men, however, will look to capitalize on their league form as they travel to Bavaria to face FC Augsburg this weekend. Dortmund currently are the league leaders but an inform Augsburg, currently fifth, could be intimidating for the Black and Yellows.
Here’s the projected BVB lineup ahead of their clash against Manuel Baum’s Augsburg this weekend.
Goalkeeper: It was another terrible UCL outing for Roman Burki, who has now conceded six goals in two CL matches this season. However, his outstanding league record(5 clean sheets in six matches) could help him gather confidence ahead of the match.
Right Back: Lukasz Piszczek will start as the right back this weekend. An ever-present figure in Dortmund defence, Piszczek needs to be at his best against the opposition wingers in Philipp Max and Caiuby.
Center Back(R): Sokratis is expected to start in the central defence, leading the charge from the back. The Greek needs to reestablish himself as a strong figure in the Dortmund backline, following a terrible performance against Real Madrid.
Center Back(L): Marc Bartra might return to the starting fold once again, after suffering an injury against Freiburg a few weeks ago. Toprak will make way for the former Barcelona defender.
Left Back: Dan-Axel Zagadou might get the nod ahead of Jeremy Toljan, who has featured in the last couple of matches. The new signing has been quite impressive early on this season.
Central Defensive Midfielder: Julian Weigl is projected to starting as the holding midfielder. Weigl was on the bench for the most period of the game this midweek. Weigl’s presence will be crucial for Dortmund this weekend.
Central Midfielder(R): Nuri Sahin might partner Julian Weigl in the starting lineup for the first time this season. It will be interesting to see how the two gifted midfielders fare alongside each other under Peter Bosz.
Central Midfielder(L): Mahmoud Dahoud could get the starting berth ahead of Mario Gotze, who also impressed in the midweek. Dahoud’s ability to carry the ball in tight areas will be important for the visitors.
Right Wing: Andriy Yarmolenko will make way for Christian Pulisic, who surprisingly didn’t feature in the starting lineup against Real Madrid. Pulisic will continue his amazing Bundesliga form against Augsburg on Saturday.
Center Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the line for Dortmund this weekend. The Gabonese International has been prolific for the Black and Yellows this season, scoring 13 goals in just ten matches all competitions.
Left Wing: In form winger, Maximilian Philipp might retain his place in the starting lineup, following some great performances in the recent matches. Philipp has scored a phenomenal four goals and provided an assist in six Bundesliga games for Dortmund this season. Stopping him will be paramount for the Augsburg defence this week.
This is how the might line up: