Game preview: Dortmund meets Wolfsburg after leaving the Champions League – Nach Welt

Borussia Dortmund returns to the Bundesliga this weekend and faces the sixth VfL Wolfsburg. After failing to qualify for the second round of the Champions League on Wednesday, the seriously injured BVB squad is hoping for a quick recovery and three points against Wolfsburg before the Bayern game next weekend.

Wolfsburg enters the game in mixed form, has won 3 of the last 5 competitive games, but lost points against Armenia Bielefeld and lost across the board in the Champions League against Sevilla. Coach Florian Kohfeldt usually puts his team in a 3-4-3 so that the dangerous full-backs Ridle Baku and Jerome Roussillon can run up and down the flanks freely. The formation also leads to a lot of crosses for Dutch goalkeeper Wout Weghorst, who goes into the net. Weghorst’s strength in the air will certainly be a focus for a BVB team that had to struggle with set pieces at times.

Dortmund’s line-up will change again due to injury, with Jude Bellingham taking a blow against Sporting Lisbon. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news this week as Marco Rose announced that there will be several returnees in the squad, including Erling Haaland, Marius Wolf and Youssouffa Moukoko. Haaland is the most prominent name to come back, of course, but in all likelihood it will be reduced to a replacement role at best tomorrow. Regardless, the return of Erling in the squad should have a positive effect on the team.

Lineup prediction

With so many injuries in the squad right now, it’s pretty likely that Rose will have to compete with a similar formation and staff that he used in Lisbon. Bellingham won’t be available so in all likelihood he will have to reach out to Emre Can midweek despite his mistake. Some potential personnel changes in the attack could result in Brandt being replaced for either Steffen Tigges or Ansgar Knauff, but it seems unlikely that either would face such a high-profile opponent. An alternative to this line-up would be a 3-4-3, in which either Pongracic or Zagadou occupy one of the midfield positions in defense.


Without Jude Bellingham, Raphael Guerreiro or Erling Haaland in this game, it will be difficult for Borussia Dortmund to win. If Julian Brandt isn’t having an incredibly creative day, I can’t imagine that this squad will have too many chances if they’re not on the counter. Still, I think they’ll get over the line with a draw against a Wolfsburg who had also had some problems up to this point in the season.

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg

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