Borussia Dortmund aims to advance to the third round of the DFB-Pokal this week, facing a tough challenge against TSG Hoffenheim.
Borussia Dortmund’s packed schedule continues as they prepare to play against TSG Hoffenheim in the second round of the DFB-Pokal this week. In their previous encounter in September, the Black and Yellows clinched a 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim. However, Hoffenheim possesses a squad filled with talent and could potentially surprise Dortmund on Wednesday.
Injury concerns are mounting for Borussia Dortmund, with Gregor Kobel, Mats Hummels, Felix Nmecha, and Emre Can all uncertain for the Hoffenheim match. Nevertheless, there are hopeful signs regarding the availability of the experienced center-back.
Now, let’s take a look at the possible lineup for Borussia Dortmund in their DFB-Pokal second round clash against TSG Hoffenheim.
With Gregor Kobel doubtful due to a facial injury sustained against Eintracht Frankfurt, second-choice goalkeeper Alexander Meyer might start for BVB on Wednesday.
In defense, it is likely that Niklas Süle will partner with Mats Hummels if he recovers from his calf issue. Nico Schlotterbeck is expected to start alongside Süle, given the absence of other natural center-backs in the first-team squad.
Despite a challenging performance on Sunday, Ramy Bensebaini may retain his spot in the starting XI due to a lack of alternatives. Julian Ryerson is expected to replace Marius Wolf at right-back.
Considering Emre Can’s doubtful status, Salih Özcan is likely to start in defensive midfield. The Hoffenheim match presents a perfect opportunity for Özcan to stake his claim for a starting role in Der Klassiker this weekend.
Marcel Sabitzer is also expected to feature in midfield, buoyed by his recent goal against Eintracht Frankfurt. Julian Brandt will likely return to the starting XI, completing the midfield trio for Borussia Dortmund against Hoffenheim.
We might witness some adjustments in the front three as well. Karim Adeyemi could potentially start after impressing as a substitute against Eintracht Frankfurt. Donyell Malen should retain his place in the team, although either Marco Reus or Gio Reyna could substitute the Dutch forward if Terzic decides to provide him with rest.
Youssoufa Moukoko deserves a chance to start and hopes to finally receive the opportunity against Hoffenheim on Wednesday. Niclas Füllkrug and Sebastien Haller serve as the other strikers in the Borussia Dortmund squad.
Expected Borussia Dortmund Starting XI vs TSG Hoffenheim: Meyer – Ryerson, Süle, Schlotterbeck, Bensebaini – Özcan, Sabitzer, Brandt – Malen, Adeyemi, Moukoko
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