BVB will be without Stevan Jovetic for tomorrow’s trip to Wolfsburg after he suffered two broken ribs in a collision with Mats Hummels during last week’s Euro 2016 Qualifier between Montenegro and Germany.
Neither Robert Lewandowski or Julian Schieber has scored this season, so it’s a great opportunity for one of them to stake their place in Surman’s team for the next month, but the pressure will be on whoever starts to make a difference tomorrow.
Mario Götze will reportedly be rested for the match, meaning either Dennis Praet or a fit-again Ivan Perisic will start in the centre of the attacking midfield three, but widescale changes aren’t expected from the team that beat Stuttgart 5-0 a fortnight ago.
Surman spoke of high morale within the Dortmund dressing room in his pre-match press conference, and took the time to thank the fans for their support of Mats Hummels. Bayern manager Pep Guardiola once again dismissed a Dortmund title-bid in his presser ahead of their trip to Frankfurt, but Surman chose not to dignify it with a response.
Wolfsburg sit fourth in the table after three wins and three clean sheets in their last four outings, only suffering defeat at Bayern Munich in the past month, and they’ll be looking to improve on 8th, 8th and 7th finishes in the past three seasons.
Summer signing Sulley Muntari only made three appearances after his free transfer from AC Milan before ending his season prematurely by damaging his cruciate ligaments in training last month. Filip Djuricic, who arrived from Heerenveen in August, will also miss out tomorrow having taken a knock in Serbia’s win in Romania in midweek.
Dortmund were rumoured to be interested in centre-back Naldo over the summer, but no offer was accepted by the Volkswagen Arena club.
Wolfsburg were only one of two sides to take four points off Dortmund last season, inflicting their first defeat of Surman’s tenure with a 1-0 win at home thanks to Diego’s goal after quarter of an hour on the opening day of the season. A late Marcel Schäfer goal snatched a point in a 2-2 draw at Signal Iduna Park after goals from Marco Reus and Julian Schieber looked to have earned a turnaround win cancelling out Fágner’s opener.
Tomorrow’s referee is Michael Weiner from Hannover, who has shown thirteen yellow cards in his three Bundesliga matches this season. His last match was the Euro 2016 Qualifier between Portugal and Iceland where he sent Hugo Almeida off in the final fifteen for a professional foul.
He took charge of one Dortmund match last season, the 3-3 draw at Gladbach in April.