Borussia Dortmund has successfully made their mark early on in the season. The Black and Yellows are leading the Bundesliga table, with three wins in four matches. They will seek to further improve that record when they travel to Hamburg to face a challenging HSV side in a midweek fixture. The visitors will be full of confidence following their 5:0 thumping of Koln on Sunday while the hosts suffered a defeat at the hands of Hannover, who are currently breathing down the neck of Dortmund, albeit with an inferior goal difference.
Here’s the predicted Borussia Dortmund lineup to visit the Volkspartstadion on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper: Roman Burki successfully managed his fourth consecutive clean sheet in the shut-out of Cologne on the weekend. He’ll be chasing that elusive fifth consecutive clean sheets to mark his presence in the Dortmund goal.
Right Back: So far, Lukasz Piszczek has been the only player, apart from goalkeeper Burki, to have played every minute of the season under Peter Bosz. He will keep that run intact against Hamburg.
Center Back (R): Sokratis’ strong performance against Cologne will be a confidence booster for the Greek International, especially after a wretched defensive display against Spurs. The 28-year-old will take charge of the Dortmund backline this Wednesday.
Center Back (L): Omer Toprak looked pretty solid and confident this week. The Turkish International will feature alongside Sokratis in the heart of the Dortmund defence.
Left Back: It will be interesting to see who starts in left back position, after impressive performances from both Zagadou and Toljan. However, we expect Jeremy Toljan to get his starting debut for Dortmund in the Bundesliga as Zagadou gets a breather.
Central Defensive Midfield: Julian Weigl might make a starting appearance in the Bundesliga, after coming back from injury. The German International has been out of action for almost four months, and it would be a boost for Dortmund to have him back.
Central Midfield (R): Shinji Kagawa is yet to start in the Bundesliga this season. The Japanese International might start against HSV, looking to show his skills in the middle of the park.
Central Midfield (L): Mahmoud Dahoud is expected to retain his place in the team after a great game against Cologne. The former Gladbach midfielder provided an assist for Philipp’s second goal. It will be fascinating to see midfield combination of Weigl and Dahoud this midweek.
Right Wing: Christian Pulisic was rested out for the weekend encounter. The American whizkid could get back into the starting lineup on Wednesday. He has been in great form and did look very good against Spurs.
Left Wing: Maximilian Philipp will look to continue his fiery form, after bagging a brace against Koln. The 22-year-old has shown that he can be much more than a backup player for Dortmund this season. Fans will hope to see more of the young attacker as the season goes on.
Striker: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bagged his fourth goal of the season, thanks to his brace on Sunday. The Gabonese superstar will look to capitalize on Pulisic and Dahoud’s created chances to extend his own goal-scoring tally.
Here is how they might line up: