Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Legia Warsaw

Borussia Dortmund will be looking to maintain their impressive home form with a Champions League win against an in-form Legia Warsaw on Tuesday evening at Signal-Iduna-Park.

UEFA Champions League
23 November 2016
Kick-off 03:45 HKT
Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park

Referee: Martin Strömbergsson
Assistants: D. Gustavsson , J. Amri Nilsson
Fourth official: P. Brogevik

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Dortmund 4 3 1 0
Legia 4 0 1 3

Previous encounter:

Legia 0-6 Dortmund 14/09/16 (UEFA Champions League)

Dortmund goalscorers: M. Götze (7′), S. Papastathopoulos (15′), M. Bartra (17′), R. Guerreiro (55′), G. Castro (76′), P. Aubameyang (87′)

Players to watch:

Mario Gotze will be a key figure in the fixture after his impressive display in the weekend 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.

The German international play maker has returned to form of late and his impressive technical abilities in the middle of the park shone through once again on Saturday.

Against a less dominant side than their domestic rivals, Gotze will thrive on the attacking responsibility and forge opportunities for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolic will lead the attack upfront since he has been in pretty decent form.

A poacher in front of goal and also a chance creator and composed in the area when it comes to converting chances while also possessing a lethal strike from range.

Nikolic scored five of Legia Warsaw’s seven goals in this season’s Champions League qualifiers (71%) and considering how weak Dortmund’s defence have been, in the recent games, Nikolics may well show his magic in order to cause a major upset as they almost did against Los Blancos.

Team form and quotes:

The German side are in great form this season, both on the domestic competitions and the Champions League. They are on the verge of topping group F, out-casting the likes of Real Madrid, Legia and Sporting Lisbon.

“After training on Wednesday I was having problems with my heel – and you need that to run,” returning forward Marco Reus told the club’s official website.

“If everything goes well, then I hope that I will be involved on Tuesday evening. I will happy if I can get out on the pitch and put in a performance.

The good news for the Polish side is that they have won five of their last six games in all competition, drawing the other in their 3-3 result against Champions Real Madrid.

Their forwards look in decent form, and can cause some damage for Thomas Tuchel’s backline on the counter.

Team news:

Sven Bender will be unavailable for selection due to an ankle injury. Neven Subotic and Erik Durm are declared unfit to play the match due to their ribs and knee injuries, respectively.

Goalkeeper Roman Bürki will miss the rest of the group stage with a broken hand.

Jacek Magiera’s side hasn’t been troubled with injuries going towards this match. So, there should be enough options of players for the away side to choose from.

Bartosz Bereszynski and Guilherme are both a yellow card away from one match ban.

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