Borussia Dortmund entertain Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie on Tuesday.
Lucien Favre’s side are coming off of the 4-0 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night, whilst the French champions were held to a thrilling 4-4 draw at Amiens on Saturday in a game that head coach Thomas Tuchel rested a number of his key players.
Paris Saint-Germain won Group A, taking 16 points from a possible 18, five more than Real Madrid in second place. Club Brugge and Galatasaray were the other teams in the group. Borussia Dortmund finished runners-up to Barcelona in their group which also consisted of Internazionale and Slavia Prague.
Here is the Borussia Dortmund team we think Favre will send out to face PSG:
Goalkeeper: Roman Burki
There’s no doubt that Roman Burki will be named between the sticks on Tuesday after starting all six group stage matches.
Defence: Lukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummels, Manuel Akanji
Lucien Favre may choose to stick with his back three which could spell problems defensively. Lukasz Piszczek is in decline and naturally a right-back, could be forced up against Neymar in attack for the French champions. Mats Hummels has been the best performer of a leaky defence this season and will be key in the middle to keep the likes of Kylian Mbappe at bay. Manuel Akanji is the only player in the back three with any pace and that could be tested up against Mbappe and Angel Di Maria.
Midfield: Achraf Hakimi, Emre Can, Axel Witsel, Raphael Guerreiro
The two wingbacks will play a key role defensively for the German side midweek. Achraf Hakimi and Raphael Guerreiro enjoy venturing forward to support the attack from out wide but they will be vital in keeping the likes of Neymar and Di Maria quiet. In the middle, Emre Can has played a key role in breaking up the opposition possession since his move from Juventus in January. Both he and Axel Witsel are combatant in the middle of the park to help win possession back from the likes of Marco Verratti and Pablo Sarabia in this one.
Attack: Thorgan Hazard, Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho
A goal fest is expected over the two legs and this front three should be looking to give Borussia Dortmund a first leg advantage this week. Erling Haaland has scored 11 goals in his first seven matches for Borussia Dortmund and this will be his first appearance for the club in the Champions League. He scored in his first five appearances for Red Bull Salzburg back in the group stage. Jadon Sancho’s pace and creativity should be a real threat to the Parisians, whilst Thorgan Hazard has found some form in the new year too. Thomas Tuchel’s side don’t have the best defensive records when they come up against Europe’s best sides.