Borussia Dortmund are set to host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie at Signal Iduna Park in under an hour’s time.
The Bundesliga title challengers welcome the French champions off the back of a 4-0 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt in this stadium on Friday night.
PSG have perennially stumbled at this stage of the competition despite all the superstar talent they have invested in over the years. Will Borussia Dortmund’s leaky defence be able to match up to Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and co over two legs?
Here are the confirmed lineups for this evening’s match:
Roman Burki; Lukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummels, Dan-Axel Zagadou; Achraf Hakimi, Emre Can, Axel Witsel, Raphael Guerreiro; Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Thorgan Hazard
Substitutes: Marwin Hitz, Marcel Schmeltzer, Manuel Akanji, Nico Schulz, Mahmoud Dahoud, Giovanni Reyna, Mario Gotze
Lucien Favre sticks with his 3-4-3 formation as expected, which includes right-back Lukasz Piszczek on the right of a back three. Wingbacks Achraf Hakimi and Raphael Guerreiro will be asked to do a lot of defending this evening.
With a leaky defence Borussia Dortmund may simply aim for a shootout over two legs. They have plenty of firepower in attack with Erling Haaland scoring for fun domestically, and Jadon Sancho being an assists king. Thorgan Hazard makes up the front three with Mario Gotze among the substitutes.
Kaylor Navas; Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe;Thomas Meunier, Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti, Layvin Kurzawa; Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe, Neyar
Substitutes: Sergio Rico, Tanguy Kouassi, Thilo Kherer, Pablo Sarabia, Julian Draxler, Edinson Cavani, Mauro Icadi
Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel appears to be playing a similar 3-4-3 formation. That would mean Marquinhos dropping into a centre-back role alongside Thiago Silva and Presnel Kimpembe. Marco Verratti likes to dictate play in the centre of midfield, whilst teammate Idrissa Gueye is the energy alongside him. Right wingback Thomas Meunier is a goal threat, whilst Layvin Kurzawa on the opposite flank isn’t too bad himself.
It appears Neymar will be on the left wing and Angel Di Maria on the right, supporting striker Kylian Mbappe. Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi are both among the substitutes, as are German duo Julian Draxler and Thilo Kehrer.