Borussia Dortmund head to Prague as they continue their Champions League campaign.
Competition: Champions League 2019/20 season
Date: Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Venue: Sinobo Stadium (Prague)
Time: 17:55 UK/18:55 CET
Lucien Favre’s side will be desperate to get 3 points on the board in the competitive Group F along with Barcelona and Inter, facing a team that came within a whisker of earning three points at Inter Milan.
Dortmund, without a win in three matches, have hardly inspired confidence in the process. So, this match could be an important confidence boost if it goes well. If not, it could cast the club into further turmoil.
The hosts are determined to stop Dortmund and enjoy their first taste of the Champions League Group Stages in 12 years.
Slavia were on the verge of taking all 3 points home from the San Siro. A 92nd-minute equalizer prevented them from topping Group F after game week one. All 4 teams in this group drew their opening game. Everything is there for the taking in this group.
Despite the obvious difference in quality between Dortmund and Slavia, this will undoubtedly be a tough test for Dortmund. Slavia have been in great form at home this season. They are yet to concede a single goal at the Sinobo Stadium in all competitions.
Dortmund will surely be a bigger test for this home record than any of Slavia’s previous opponents. However, Dortmund haven’t been in the best of form upfront in Europe lately. They have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 Champions League games.
There have also been under 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Dortmund’s last 6 Champions League games. Similarly, there have been under 2.5 goals scored in all of Slavia’s last 7 Champions League fixtures.
Dortmund have drawn their last 3 games in all competitions. This includes some winnable Bundesliga games vs Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen. They have dropped all the way to eighth place in the Bundesliga due to their recent form.
Some facts about Slavia Prague:
- The club was founded in 1892 by students of a nearby medical school in the Vinohrady district of Prague.
- Their biggest league rivals are their cross-city rivals Sparta Prague, but right now, their biggest competitors in the league are Victoria Plzen.
- Slavia Prague’s leading goalscorer is the 33-year-old Milan Škoda, who has played for them since 2011.
While Jadon Sancho has contributed just one goal and no assists from his last three outings, the England international should keep his place on the right flank.
However, Julian Brandt is battling with Thorgan Hazard to get the nod on the opposite side of the pitch, while Julian Weigl is pushing for a start in midfield.
Lukasz Piszczek could come back into the team at right-back after recovering from injury.
Barring any late injury issues, Trpisovsky may name the same Slavia XI from the meeting with Inter.
Possible starting lineups:
Kolar; Coufal, Kudela, Hovorka, Boril; Traore, Husbauer, Soucek; Stanciu; Masopust, Olayinka
Burki; Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Hakimi; Delaney, Witsel; Sancho, Reus, Brandt; Alcacer