It’s another English week in the Bundesliga as Borussia Dortmund takes on a bottom of the table club, Fortuna Dusseldorf. Dusseldorf was last place in the Bundesliga until their win vs Freiburg over the weekend. Our lone injury is Dan-Axel Zagadou, who is still nursing an injury he picked up last week.
Dusseldorf post one of the worse defensive records in the league, having given up 32 goals in 15 games. Their goal tally also is 3rd lowest in the league, standing at 16 goals scored. Given this and that Dortmund have an important game against BMG this weekend, Dortmund may need to rotate a bit. Marco Reus and Axel Witsel in particular need a break from league play. Given that, its time to let Weigl and Pulisic start in the league again.
A front four of Bruun-Larsen, Pulisic, Sancho, and Alcacer with Puli playing behind Paco would be really fun to watch. Weigl will work best with Delaney in the midfield, who can make up for some of his defensive ineffectiveness. Another player that needs a rest is Raphael Guerreiro. He is injury prone and was one of Dortmund’s best players against Werder. If he’s not rested against Fortuna, I doubt he will play vs Monchengladbach.
Dortmund will maintain possession this game, probably in a more dominant fashion than we’ve seen all season. Dusseldorf will play on the counter as all lower teams in the league try to. So far, our best weapons against the counter have been Manuel Akanji and Axel Witsel. If both or either are rested, BVB need to be careful not to give up a silly goal.
Dortmund had some bad finishing luck against Werder even thought they dominated their game, if we can just be a little more patient on our chances we should be able to capitalize against this weaker side.
Fortuna doesn’t have many players who are dangerous with the ball at their feet. Watford loanee Dodi Lukebakio leads the team with six league goals but dealt with some injury issues earlier in the season. Also, don’t count out Kaan Ayhan, who scored his first two goals of the year for Dusseldorf over the weekend, both off set pieces. Set piece play is how they will try to take us on, and after his weekend I’m sure the free-kick/corner takers will have their eyes on him.
What lineup do you want to see us lineup with against Fortuna Dusseldorf?