Picking the Best Potential Borussia Dortmund Lineup to Face Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday

​Borussia Dortmund are set to go up against RB Salzburg on Thursday in the round of 16 of the Europa League at the Westfalenstadion.


The Black and Yellows ​beat Atalanta 4-3 on aggregate in the previous round of the competition. They will be heading into this first leg in good form as the German side are unbeaten in all competitions so far this year, winning four games and drawing six.


Here's who the manager could pick:

Goalkeeper

  • Bürki
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​Expect Roman Burki to play in goal for this match.

Defence

  • Piszczek
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  • Sokratis
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  • Toprak
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  • Schmelzer
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Sokratis and Omer Toprak played together in both games of the previous round against Atalanta and conceded three goals in those matches. However expect them to continue their partnership on Thursday against RB Salzburg.


Lukasz Piszczek will likely play on the right side of the defence and Marcel Schmelzer will probably complete the back line for ​Borussia Dortmund.        

Midfield

  • Weigl
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  • Castro
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  • Schürrle
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  • Götze
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  • Reus
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Julian ​Weigl is likely to keep his place in one of the two deeper midfield roles from the team that drew 1-1 against RB Leipzig on Saturday and Gonzalo Castro will likely regain his place in the side after not playing in that game. 


In the more advanced midfield positions, expect the attacking trio of Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus to all start the clash on Thursday. 

Forwards

  • Batshuayi
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​Michy Batshuayi has been in great form since making his loan move to the club in January. He has appeared seven times for Borussia Dortmund and scored five goals.


Two of his goals came against Atalanta in the Europa League round of 32. Because of the form he's in, Batshuayi will likely continue to start up front for the Black and Yellows in the first leg of the last 16 tie.