DORTMUND, GERMANY - OCTOBER 24: Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund celebrates his goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Borussia Dortmund and Club Atletico de Madrid at Signal Iduna Park on October 24, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Borussia Dortmund Lineup to Face Hertha Berlin on Saturday

Borussia Dortmund welcome Hertha Berlin to the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, as they look to extend their unbeaten start to the season to 15 games in all competitions.


The Schwarzgelben return to league action off the back of an impressive 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League as they look to keep their place atop the Bundesliga table.


However, Dortmund are missing Manuel Akanji and Marcel Schmelzer through injury, while in form striker Paco Alcacer will most likely be on the bench after missing Wednesday’s game with a knock.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Roman Bürki (GK) – The Swiss goalkeeper looks certain to start, having played every single game this season. He has kept six clean sheets so far; a 50% ratio after 12 games.  


Lukasz Piszczek (RB) – Capable of playing either side of the centre-backs, Piszczek looks likely to play on Saturday at right-back.


Abdou Diallo (CB) – Diallo has played every game this season, with the exception of the trip to Nuremberg due to suspension. The youngster has been key this season, solid in defence for Dortmund.


Dan-Axel Zagadou (CB) – The 19-year-old has been filling in for the injured Manuel Akanji since late September, after the Swiss picked up an injury. Zagadou has been very good, forming a strong partnership with Diallo. 


Achraf Hakimi (RB) – The young Moroccan has burst onto the scene since his loan move from Real Madrid, putting in solid performances. Although his game time is courtesy of Schmelzer’s injury, Hakimi has filled in brilliantly on both flanks; contributing three assists from left-back on Wednesday night.

2. Midfielders

Axel Witsel (DM) – Dortmund’s summer signing has been at the heart of the team, and has been key to their success so far. He has played every game this season, and looks certain to play against Hertha Berlin.


Mahmoud Dahoud (DM) – The highly rated 22-year-old will get the nod to partner Witsel in midfield, as he has for the majority of the season.


Jadon Sancho (LW) – The young Englishman is in red hot form, with six league assists seeing him top of the charts across Europe's top five divisions. After an excellent performance midweek, he will look to add to his season tally.


Marco Reus (AM) – The captain has had an outstanding season for the Schwarzgelben, picking up seven goals and seven assists in all competitions. 


Christian Pulisic (RW) – Injury problems across the season have  affected him, but otherwise Pulisic has had a good season. The American winger did play on Wednesday, and looks likely to retain his starting place.  

3. Forward

Maximilian Philipp (CF) – With Paco Alcacer unlikely to play, Philipp should get the nod for Saturday. He has featured in every league game, but has only netted once in his eight games. Nevertheless, he is a good option for Lucien Favre to have in the absence of Alcacer.