Picking the Best Potential Borussia Dortmund Lineup to Face Hoffenheim on Saturday

Borussia Dortmund travel to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Saturday to face Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.


BVB will be full of confidence heading into the game following their hard fought win over Club Brugge in the first game of their Champions League campaign on Tuesday.


The two teams have enjoyed a contrasting start to their domestic campaigns so far this season, however, despite their current league standings a positive result in this game for either side could prove to be decisive come the end of the season.

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Roman Burki (GK) - The signing of Marwin Hitz would have unsettled the Swiss international in the summer, however, following a solid start to the season Burki is now one of the first names on the team-sheet. 


Lukas Piszczek (RB) - Following his retirement on the international stage Piszczek has looked a much better player and the Dortmund fans will be hoping that his good form can continue on Saturday.


Manuel Akanji (CB) - The Swiss international has enjoyed a strong start to the season. It would have taken time for Akanji to adjust to life in the Bundesliga following his move in January, and now with a full pre-season under his belt, it seems as though the ex-Basel man has found his feet. 


Abdou Diallo (CB) - The French Under-21 captain looks like the real deal for Dortmund. With Sokratis leaving in the summer there was a big gap left in the Dortmund defence, however, following impressive performances this season it seems as though Diallo is the perfect replacement.


Marcel Schmelzer (LB) - The Dortmund veteran has featured in all of Dortmund's Bundesliga games this season and is expected to start again this Saturday.

2. Midfielders

Julian Weigl (CM) - Left out of the team in the opening few games of this season, the highly regarded Weigl has been handed a lifeline following the injury sustained by new signing Thomas Delaney. Weigl returned in the Champions League on Tuesday and is expected to continue in midfield on the weekend.


Axel Witsel (CM) - Axel Witsel has proven to been a great acquisition so far. The Belgian has added an extra dimension to the team and whenever he is on the field the team play well. If Dortmund are to get all three points on Saturday the team will need Witsel to be at his usual best.


Mario Gotze (CAM) - Much like Weigl, Mario Gotze has not featured heavily thus far in the league, however, following an impressive display in midweek the German World Cup winner is likely to feature against Hoffenheim on Saturday from the off.

1. Attackers

Christian Pulisic (RM) - After a brief spell on the sidelines with injury, Christian Pulisic returned with a winning goal on Tuesday night to help Dortmund to all three points against Club Brugge and is expected to start this Saturday.


Maximilian Philipp (LM) - Played as a central striker in the opening games, Philipp is likely to be back in his regular position on Saturday as he looks to find the type of form he showed at the beginning of last season.


Marco Reus (CF) - With new signing Paco Alcacer doubtful for the game on Saturday, Marco Reus is set to feature up front for Dortmund on Saturday and with two goals this season it would not come as a surprise to see the German register a goal this weekend.