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.