The final round of Bundesliga fixtures for 2019 draw to an end this weekend, kicking off with 1899 Hoffenheim versus Borussia Dortmund at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena this evening.
Visitors Dortmund would move to within one point of joint league leaders RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach with a win this evening.
Hoffenheim’s 2-0 win at Union Berlin on Tuesday night ended their run of four games without a victory, but Alfred Schreuder’s side start the weekend only six points behind their opponents.
The two teams are confirmed as:
Oliver Baumann; Sebastian Rudy, Benjamin Hübner, Håvard Nordtveit, Robert Skov; Florian Grillitsch, Diadie Samassekou; Ihlas Bebou, Dennis Geiger, Christoph Baumgartner; Andrej Kramarić
Substitutes: Philipp Pentke, Pavel Kaderabek, Ermin Bičakčić, Konstantinos Stafylidi, Kevin Vogt, Sargis Adamyan, Kevin Akpoguma, Lucas Ribeiro, Jürgen Locadia
Alfred Schreuder sticks with his 4-2-3-1 formation with Andrej Kramarić leading the line. Jürgen Locadia is among the substitutes, ready to make an impact. Both he and Kramarić are the club’s joint top scorers with four Bundesliga goals this campaign.
Håvard Nordtveit is recalled to the starting lineup having not started midweek and is one of three changes to the side that won in the capital just three days ago.
Roman Bürki; Dan-Axel Zagadou, Mats Hummels, Manuel Akanji; Achraf Hakimi, Julian Weigl, Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz; Jadon Sancho, Mario Götze, Thorgan Hazard
Substitutes: Marwin Hitz, Jacob Bruun Larsen, Łukasz Piszczek, Mateu Morey, Leonardo Balerdi, Raphael Guerreiro, Tobias Raschl, Paco Alcacer
Mario Götze comes in for Marco Reus to play the false number nine role, in between Jadon Sancho and Thorgan Hazard in a front three for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Nico Schulz starts at left wingback in a 3-4-3 formation against his former club. Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl will look to dictate the play and supply the attack from the middle of the park.