GOOD AFTERNOON FROM DORTMUND
Welcome to our live coverage of the Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig at the Signal Iduna Park.
The two sides are set for quite a dress rehearsal of next Thursday’s German Cup final, which will see them locking horns at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
But today is all about the league as second-placed Leipzig are hoping for an unlikely miracle with high-flyers Bayern Munich only needing one more victory to seal the title.
Dortmund, on the other hand, are in desperate need to climb up to the top four, which will guarantee them Champions League football next season.
But BVB’s interim head coach Edin Terzic will have to do it without England international Jude Bellingham as he is suspended following last week’s dismissal against Wolfsburg.
Terzic will also be missing Mateu Morey (ligaments), Youssoufa Moukoko (ligaments), Dan-Axel Zagadou (knee), Axel Witsel (Achilles) and Marcel Schmelzer (knee), who are likely to be out for the rest of the season due to injury.
However, Dortmund will be welcoming Mahmoud Dahoud back from a red card suspension and the Germany international is likely to link up with Emre Can or Thomas Delaney in midfield.
Star striker Erling Haaland also missed last week’s Cup semi-final against Holstein Kiel due to a minor injury but could start against Leipzig as Giovanni Reyna may have to drop out due to a calf problem.
Leipzig manager, and soon to be Bayern Munich boss, Julian Nagelsmann, on the other hand, may still have to prolong January signing Dominik Szoboszlai’s debut as the winger is still dealing with a groin problem.
Lazar Samardzic is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, while Nagelsmann will have to make a late call on Christopher Nkunku, Tyler Adams, Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg’s fitness
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