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Marco Reus Set To Return | Predicted 3-4-3 Borussia Dortmund Lineup Vs Bayern Munich

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Borussia Dortmund are hoping to get their hands on the DFL Supercup as they meet Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The Black and Yellows were lucky to get away with their 2-0 defeat against Augsburg as Bayern also lost to Hoffenheim this past weekend. However, Dortmund need to be much more careful, as the Bavarians look to field their strongest possible lineup this midweek.

Predicted Borussia Dortmund Lineup Vs Bayern Munich

Defence

Borussia Dortmund are missing several players due to injury including Dan-Axel Zagadou, Nico Schulz and Mateu Morey. The club has confirmed that Lukasz Piszczek has returned to training, but the Pole is unlikely to feature this midweek.

It essentially means that Lucien Favre is likely to persist with the same defensive lineup, with Emre Can, Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji forming the three-man backline. It will be interesting to see how these three deal with the threat of Robert Lewandowski, Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry this midweek.

Either way, goalkeeper Roman Burki will be expecting a busy game this time around. The Swiss ‘keeper looked shaky against Augsburg and will be hoping to produce a much better display in between the sticks.

Predicted Borussia Dortmund Lineup Vs Bayern Munich - Favre will remain unchanged in defence.
AUGSBURG, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 26: Lucien Favre, head coach of Dortmund reacts prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund at WWK-Arena on September 26, 2020, in Augsburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Midfield

Favre faces a selection dilemma in central midfield this week. He has three options for the double-pivot system in Jude Bellingham, Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel.

Witsel is a guaranteed starter, but against a team like Bayern Munich, Delaney is a tactically better fit. But on the flip side, Bellingham has started the last two matches for Dortmund and has shown great promise. We will give the benefit of the doubt to Delaney due to his experience and robust nature that could come in handy against the likes of Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich.

Elsewhere, Thomas Meunier is the only option at right wingback, so he remains a guaranteed starter while Raphael Guerreiro should also retain his place on the opposite flank, despite a disappointing return against Augsburg.

Attack

Favre is expected to make one crucial change in attack this midweek as Marco Reus returns to the starting lineup, at the expense of the young Giovanni Reyna. The German international’s experience and prolific scoring nature could be useful against the Bavarians.

Reus will form the creative duo with Jadon Sancho while the Borussia Dortmund will be spearheaded by Erling Haaland. It will be interesting to see whether or not the young Norwegian will be able to outperform his counterpart Lewandowski this midweek.

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