Borussia Dortmund are hoping to move one step closer towards securing qualification to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League when they lock horns with Club Brugge on Tuesday. The Black and Yellows are currently on top of Group F with six points, and a win should make it very difficult for their Belgian opponent even if they win their remaining two games.
Predicted Borussia Dortmund Lineup Vs Club Brugge
Lucien Favre is expected to make one or two alterations in defence, with Lukasz Piszczek, in particular, likely to replace Emre Can in the three-man backline. Dan-Axel Zagadou, unfortunately, may have to wait a little bit longer before he can get back into the pitch, meaning Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji should continue to form the three-man Dortmund backline.
As for Roman Burki, he is once again expected to get the nod ahead of Marwin Hitz in goal. The Swiss international will be in search of a much-needed clean sheet, having conceded five goals in the last two Bundesliga matches.
There could be further changes in the side, with Jude Bellingham and Thomas Delaney most likely to replace the duo of Axel Witsel and Mahmoud Dahoud in the double-pivot. The young Bellingham, in particular, was impressive against Hertha Berlin on Saturday, so it will be interesting to see how the Englishman performs in this fixture.
Elsewhere, Thomas Meunier might be given a much-needed breather, having become an ever-present figure in the Dortmund lineup since joining the club in the summer. He might make way for Felix Passlack at right wingback while Thorgan Hazard is also expected to come in at the expense of Raphael Guerreiro on the opposite flank.
Favre has a bunch of options as far as the attacking department is concerned. On Saturday, the Swiss tactician started Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, so one can expect changes in the creative unit.
Jadon Sancho, in particular, is almost guaranteed to be deployed in the right-wing position while Giovanni Reyna should slot in on the opposite flank. The American international has recently signed a long-term contract with Dortmund, so it will be an opportunity for him to justify the trust that has been put on the youngster by the club.
Youssoufa Moukoka, meanwhile, makes a strong case for being included in the starting lineup on Tuesday. At the age of 16 years and one day, the youngster made history on Saturday by becoming the youngest player in the Bundesliga, and he could be eyeing a similar record in the Champions League, although it is Erling Haaland who is expected to spearhead the BVB attack regardless.
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