Jurgen Klopp’s men are four points up on third-place Leverkusen ahead of Saturday’s encounter with relegation-threatened Augsburg.
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Grosskreutz, Gotze, Reus
Verhaegh, C'sen-Bracker, Klavan, Ostrzolek
Hahn, Vogt, Oehrl, Werner
Borussia Dortmund’s two-year grip on the title will likely be released on Saturday as Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich needs only a single point to clinch the championship. But with the club's Champions League aspirations still intact and an automatic berth in next year’s tournament yet to be clinched, the holders still have it all to play for as the season enters its home stretch.
Coach Jurgen Klopp will no doubt have Tuesday’s match against Malaga in mind when he names his team to face Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park, and to that end he’ll be unlikely to rush Jakub Blaszczykowski back into the lineup after the Poland captain was forced to miss Wednesday’s first leg with a groin injury.
Defender Mats Hummels is back in full training and has an outside chance of featuring, while left back Marcel Schmelzer will once again wear a mask to protect a broken nose.
Augsburg, meanwhile, welcomes midfielder Tobias Werner back from suspension but is still without goalkeepers Alex Manninger and Simon Jentzsch, who have Achilles and finger injuries, respectively.
The Bavarian side will also be missing defender Ronny Philip, who has a knee injury, and midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol, who has an abdominal strain.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Since losing the derby to Schalke, Borussia Dortmund has won its last two Bundesliga matches by a combined score of 7-2.
- Dortmund has kept just a single clean sheet in its last eight Bundesliga matches.
- Mainz and Bayern Munich are the only sides currently in the top six that Dortmund have yet to face between now and the end of the season.
- It took until the third week of January — or 18 matches — for Augsburg to get its second victory this season. Its first came after seven matches.
- Only once in the last nine matches has Augsburg managed more than a single goal.
- Dortmund was 3-1 winners when last these sides met in October and won the corresponding match 4-0 last season.