Borussia Dortmund host lower table side Mainz on Wednesday, looking to continue its impressive run of form.

Borussia Dortmund are coming off a nervy 1-0 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday and will look to continue to pick up the wins as they play 15th place Mainz 05.

The Black and Yellows were far from their best in their last outing and that combined with current injuries could see some rotation from Lucien Favre on Wednesday.

Borussia Dortmund will again be without Marco Reus, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Mahmoud Dahoud. Although Reus is back in team training, it’s unlikely he’s going to play much of a role for the remainder of the season.

Here we will take a look at how Borussia Dortmund could line up.

Goalkeeper: Roman Bürki

Roman Bürki will take his usual spot in goal in this one. As long as he is fit, he will be Dortmund’s number one and will be for years to come after both he and his contract extension should be confirmed soon as well.

Defence: Lukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummels, Manuel Akanji

Hopefully we see some rotation in this starting XI, but with Lucien Favre it’s hard to guess when that’s going to happen. Piszczek is getting up there in age and although he has been in great form, with Leipzig coming up on the weekend he can be afforded some rest. Should he be rested, one option could be Balerdi in his natural centre back role.

The other two aren’t likely to be rested either, Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji will both be starting in Dortmund’s defence. Akanji has been solid since the restart, and looks more comfortable than he did in the first half of the season. Hopefully he can continue his run of form to end the season.

Wing-backs and Midfield: Achraf Hakimi, Axel Witsel, Emre Can, Raphael Guerreiro

Raphael Guerreiro has been one of Borussia Dortmund’s best players in the second half of the season, and is without question one of the first names on Favre’s team sheet.

On the opposite flank, we could potentially see a start from Mateu Morey, who has been very impressive in his short stints. Although it is likely Hakimi will still start, this would be the perfect game to see what Morey is able to do with real game time.

Axle Witsel and Emre Can should start in Borussia Dortmund’s midfield pivot once again. The defensive midfield duo will be aiming to add some creativity to their performance, which was missing at the weekend.

Attack: Gio Reyna, Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland

Gio Reyna could be in line for his first Bundesliga start against Mainz. With the congested fixture list, along with the Leipzig game this weekend, this is the perfect time to hand Reyna his first start. Favre was full of praise of the 17 year old in his press conference on Monday, and hinted that he could make some changes to the team.

Favre also confirmed that Erling Haaland isn’t fit enough to play a full 90 minutes. After once again showing his importance with his last minute goal against Fortuna Düsseldorf, we should see him get a run out from the start. With the goal being to get him to full fitness in time for Leipzig, the more game time he can get, the better.

Jadon Sancho is expected to keep his spot in the front three, as he goes into what could possibly be his final three games as a Borussia Dortmund player.


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