Borussia Dortmund start Sunday’s trip to SC Paderborn only two points above RB Leipzig in fifth as they will want to ensure they take all three points away from the Benteler-Arena as expected.
The visitors will have to make do with Erling Haaland after the Norwegian striker picked up an injury in the midweek loss to Bayern Munich.
Paderborn prop up the Bundesliga table and are starting to need a miracle to avoid an immediate return to the second tier.
The two lineups are confirmed as:
Leopold Zingerle; Mohamed Drager, Christian Strodiek, Uwe Hunemeier, Jamilu Collins; Sebastian Schonlau; Christopher Antwi-Adjei, Dennis Srbeny, Sebastiam Vasiliadis, Gerrit Holtmann; Streli Mamba
Substitutes: Jannik Huth, Sven Michel, Marlon Ritter, Ben Zolinski, Dennis Jastrzembski, Kai Proger, Laurent Jans, Abdelihamid Sabiri, Anthony Evans
Steffen Baumgart’s side have drawn all three of their matches since the restart – their longest unbeaten run of the season.
Paderborn setup defensively as expected for the visit of Borussia Dortmund today, with Streli Mamba up front alone this afternoon,
Roman Burki; Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Lukasz Piszczek; Achraf Hakimi, Thomas Delaney, Emre Can, Raphael Guerreiro; Julian Brandt, Jadon Sancho; Thorgan Hazard
Substitutes: Marwin Hitz, Marcel Schmeltzer, Mateu Morey, Chris Fuhrich, Tobias Raschi, Axel Witsel, Leonardo Balerdi, Giovanni Reyna, Mario Gotze
Jadon Sancho makes his first start since the Bundesliga resumed due to fitness, whilst Emre Can is also named in the starting XI this afternoon too. Dortmund don’t have an out and out striker to replace Erling Haaland so it looks as though Thorgan Hazard will lead the line, though don’t be surprised if Sancho is up there too.
Otherwise, Lucien Favre continues with his back three and attack-minded wingbacks. Mario Gotze is an option to stick up top from the bench if needed in the second half, whilst 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna is waiting for another run out.