After defeat in Liège on matchday two, Dortmund need to get back to winning ways tomorrow as they make the short trip over the border to Legia Warsaw in the UEFA Champions League.
Gray Surman has a decision to make regarding his striking options as Stevan Jovetic is unavailable, and Robert Lewandowski is in an unfortunate run of poor form which has seen him score just one competitive goal since April (a September strike for Poland in their 1-5 defeat in the Netherlands). Julian Schieber was last season’s top-scorer, and is the most obvious option, but playing Lewandowski against his former club is the romantic’s choice.
Roman Weidenfeller is likely to return between the sticks, and after a poor showing at the weekend, one of the full-backs Schmelzer or Beck may sit out the tie. Mario Götze is fit after sitting-out on Saturday, but wholesale changes aren’t expected.
In the other Group G tie, Standard Liège host Valencia.
Legia Warsaw have won back-to-back Polish titles, but haven’t made much impact on a continental stage since 1996 where they lost to Panathinaikos in the last eight, and aren’t among UEFA’s top 125 clubs as of their latest coefficients.
Left-back Jakub Wawrzyniak is suspended after being cautioned in their 0-5 defeat in Valencia last month, while fellow defender Inaki Astiz is doubtful after tweaking his hamstring late-on in the same game.
The club progressed through three rounds to reach the group stage, seeing off Suduva, Ventspils, and Viking in the qualifying stages. A 1-1 draw at home to Liège preceded the heavy defeat at Valencia ahead of the back-to-back matches against Dortmund.
“Complacency isn’t an issue with my side. On Saturday we misfired and are keen to get back to winning ways. My team is fully prepared, ready to go out and win.” – Gray Surman, Borussia Dortmund head coach.
Tomorrow’s referee will be Jonas Eriksson from Sweden who has issued 32 cautions and three red cards in his ten matches this season, without awarding a single penalty.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: GROUP STAGE (3/6) Tuesday 21 October E Arsenal - BSC Young Boys E FC Twente - Olympiakos F Manchester United - Paris Saint-Germain F Sporting Lisbon - Shamrock Rovers G Legia Warsaw - Borussia Dortmund G Standard Liege - Valencia H Juventus - Barcelona H Rubin Kazan - AS Monaco Wednesday 22 October A Chelsea - RSC Anderlecht A Rapid Vienna - Olympique Lyonnais B Bayern Munich - Fenerbahce B Zenit St. Petersburg - Dinamo Zagreb C FSV Mainz - Metalist Kharkhiv C Real Madrid - Benfica D AC Milan - Celtic D Villarreal - Tottenham Hotspur