PDB vs DOR Dream11 Match Preview: With Bayern Munich heading towards their 8th successive league title, Borussia Dortmund’s most realistic target is to finish second and earn the “best of the rest” tag for the umpteenth time. In a league dominated by Bayern, that’s not bad at all, but Dortmund will be furious at the lost opportunity, for they were in the title race a couple of weeks ago, with Munichen’s 0-1 win at Signal Iduna Park all but wrapped up the league title for the reigning champions.
For Paderborn, the top-tier has been a reality check at best. Following the promotion, they hardly embraced the challenge, in the relegation zone as soon as the season started in August. As things stand, they seem resigned to go down to the second-tier, with a huge 8 points separating them from the safety. But the season can still be saved, as they have a game-in-hand, and who knows a good run of the result may yet deliver the unthinkable.
The 0-1 home defeat against Bayern ended a six-game winning run for Borussia Dortmund in the league. Yellow Army‘s current run is the second-best in the league.
Paderborn drew the last three games, with the last coming on the road against Augsburg last week.
Date– Sunday, May 31st
Kick-Off– 09:30 PM (IST)
+ Former Brighton & Hove Albion defender Luca Kilian was back in the training this week and will have to prove his match fitness ahead of the game. If deemed fit, he will start at the back.
+ Klaus Gjasula is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards.
+ The hosts will also be monitoring striker Streli Mamba who is down with a knee injury.
+ Sebastian Schonlau and Samúel Kári Fridjónsson both could make the squad following the recovery from an ankle and a knee injury respectively.
+ Antony Evans, who penned a permanent deal from Everton may again start from the bench.
+ Dortmund suffered a huge blow after teenage sensation Erling Haaland, who picked up a knock last week against Bayern, is ruled out from this game.
+ He joins a growing list of injured players which has captain Marco Reus, Nico Schulz and Dan-Axel Zagadou.
+ In addition, Mahmoud Dahoud will not see the action this season again after injuring his knee against Bayern last week.
+ Centre-back Mats Hummels is also doubtful for this game due to an Achilles pain.
Paderborn (Expected Playing 11)- Zingerle (GK), Collins, Schonlau, Hunemeier, Jans, Proger, Ritter, Vasiliadis, Antwi-Adjei, Srbeny, Mamba
Borussia Dortmund (Expected Playing 11)- Burki (GK), Hakimi, Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji, Guerreiro, Can, Witsel, Brandt, Sancho, Hazard
From Paderborn, Dennis Srbeny and Streli Mamba are both good options to consider for the Grand League teams, The duo leads the goal scoring charts for the team with five goals each.
Goal Between Them: 10
Paderborn still have some life in their campaign but may need to win at least four of the last six games to be on the safe side. But that is too much to ask from a team that has won only four times in 28 matches till now. Even if Dortmund are relatively short of full strength, they should have enough firepower to get the maximum return from this game.
DEF: Piszczek, Hakimi (VC), Akanji, L Jans
MID: Guerreiro, Brandt, Hazard, Antwi-Adjei, Vasiliadis
ST: Sancho (C)
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