Picking the Best Potential Borussia Dortmund Lineup to Face Hannover in the Bundesliga on Saturday

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Borussia Dortmund welcome strugglers Hannover 96 to Signal Iduna Park as they look to retain their six point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga table. 

The Black and Yellows have won 14 of their 18 league games, losing just once, as they seek a first Bundesliga title since 2012. 

Having missed their victory at RB Leipzig last time out, current boss Lucien Favre could be without Omer Toprak and Marco Reus who are injury doubts, with Mario Gotze and Julian Weigl set to start in their place.

Here’s how they could lineup on Saturday.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Roman Burki (GK) – Having cemented his place as BVB’s number one since his move from fellow Bundesliga side SC Freiburg in 2015, the shot-stopper is seeking a seventh clean sheet this term.

Lukasz Piszczek (RB) – The Polish international has been instrumental from right back, contributing a record high five assists this term, more than any other campaign in the Bundesliga.

Julian Weigl (CB) – A solid performer against Leipzig, the 23-year-old will look to further stake a claim for regular football while Omer Toprak and Manuel Akanji remain sidelined. 

Abdou Diallo (CB) – Aside from picking up a red card in their draw at Hoffenheim in September, the former Mainz defender has been astute at the back among his defensive partners – making 14 appearances so far.

Achraf Hakimi (LB) – On a season-long loan from Real Madrid, the Spanish speedster has been proved another astute addition under Lucien Favre, registering one goal and three assists. 

2. Midfielders

Axel Witsel (CM) – Back in Europe following a stint with Chinese outfit Tianjin Quanjian, the experienced journeyman has shone in the centre of the park and scored the winner last time out. 

Thomas Delaney (CM) – Boasting Bundesliga experience aplenty, the former Werder Bremen man will be deployed in a defensive role to protect the back four.

Jadon Sancho (RM) – Having a stellar campaign with Dortmund, the England international has been directly involved in 13 goals (six goals, seven assists). Premier League clubs may soon circle for his signature should he fire his current side to domestic glory. 

Raphael Guerreiro (LM) – With three assists from just nine appearances, the Portuguese is integral to Dortmund’s attacking exploits with his versatility in either midfield or wing back roles. 

Mario Gotze (CAM) – Rejuvenated since his return from rivals Bayern, the 26-year-old will look to get the nod ahead of Maximilian Phillipp. He has one goal and three assists thus far this season.

3. Forwards

Paco Alcacer (ST) – Expected to play the lone striker role in a 4-2-3-1 set up, the club’s top scorer has struck 12 goals in just 13 appearances. Although mainly used as an impact sub, the Spanish forward clearly plays a vital role in this side. 

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