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Borussia Dortmund vs APOEL Nicosia

Borussia Dortmund might be assured of getting their UEFA Champions League marketing campaign again on observe as they welcome Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia to the Sign Iduna Park on Wednesday (kick-off: 20:45 CET/19:45 GMT).

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Regardless of dropping to holders Actual Madrid of their first European house outing of the season, Peter Bosz's facet stay a drive to be reckoned with on the Sign Iduna Park, and they need to have adequate firepower to see off an APOEL facet who're winless in three video games in all competitions. Turkish worldwide Ömer Toprak is more likely to companion Sokratis Papastathopoulos in defence after recovering from a thigh harm, whereas Raphael Guerreiro may begin at left-back after making his first Bundesliga look of the season this weekend.
APOEL's first-choice goalkeeper Boy Waterman misses out after struggling a shoulder harm within the 1-1 draw with BVB in Cyprus earlier this month. Full-backs Roberto Lago and Praxitelis Vouros are dealing with a race in opposition to time to be match for the sport, which comes too quickly for Brazilian central defender Carlao and Argentinian playmaker Facundo Bertoglio.

Possible line-ups

Dortmund: Bürki - Bartra, Sokratis, Toprak, Guerreiro - Götze, Weigl, Kagawa - Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Philipp
Coach: Peter Bosz
Absentees: Durm (hip), Piszczek (knee), Reus (health), Rode (pubic bone)
APOEL: Gudino - Milanov, Merkis, Jesus Rueda, Alexandrou - Vinicius, Nuno Morais - Zahid, Sallai, Aloneftis - Pote
Coach: Giorgos Donis
Absentees: Waterman (shoulder), Carlao (leg), Bertoglio (health)

Match stats

  • The 1-1 draw between the 2 groups on 17 October was Dortmund's first ever encounter in opposition to Cypriot opposition.
  • Bosz's troops path joint Group H leaders Tottenham Hotspur and Actual Madrid by six factors with three video games remaining.
  • Dan-Axel Zagadou scored the primary aim of his skilled profession in BVB's defeat to Hannover, however was later despatched off.
  • Dortmund have reached the knockout phases of the Champions League in 4 of the final 5 seasons (in addition to the Europa League quarter-finals in 2015/16).
  • BVB have now didn't win three consecutive league encounters for the primary time since December 2016.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 15 objectives in all competitions for Dortmund this season, together with one within the Champions League.

    MARCO REUS ON COMEBACK TRAIL!

    Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus has begun the subsequent part of his restoration from harm by returning to the treadmill as a part of his rehabilitation.
    The 28-year-old sustained ligament harm in Dortmund's DFB Cup remaining triumph over Eintracht Frankfurt in Might and underwent profitable surgical procedure in early June, ruling him out of motion till 2018.
    His lengthy highway again to full health started quickly after and he was proven starting excersises in August and now has returned to working on a treadmill for the primary time this yr.
    The winger - who lately mentioned "I might give away all my cash to be wholesome once more" - confirmed off his development in a video on Instagram, of himself on the treadmill, with strapping on his proper knee. The enjoyment of working once more proven in his caption on the video.
    • Bosz: 'You've got to imagine you might have an opportunity'

      With six factors separating them from Group H leaders Actual Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, Dortmund will want an ideal run-in to have any likelihood of reaching the knockout stage for the fifth time in six seasons - however Peter Bosz has not solely written off their probabilities of a stirring comeback.
      "Till it's fully over, you've got to imagine you might have an opportunity, even when it's only small," the coach insisted. "That is what I'll do, and what the group will do."
      "We nonetheless know there's a small likelihood, behind our minds," agreed captain Marcel Schmelzer. "In any case we need to win in opposition to APOEL."
    • Dortmund's 12th man

      Dortmund boast the highest common attendance in European soccer at their Sign Iduna Park, and they are going to be counting on the 80,000 supporters current tonight to offer them a lift in opposition to APOEL. 
      "The followers on the stadium know after we are in want of assist," defined BVB captain Marcel Schmelzer, because the Black-and-Yellows put together for a return to house soil after 4 video games on the highway. "We're completely happy to be enjoying at house once more."

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