VfL Osnabruck vs. Borussia Dortmund: How BVB Will Line Up

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VfL Osnabruck vs. Borussia Dortmund: How BVB Will Line Up
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Borussia Dortmund continue their preparations for the new Bundesliga and Champions League campaigns ahead with a pre-season friendly against VFL Osnabruck in Northern Germany on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp's side will be hoping for a productive match in which he will be able to continue testing new and promoted players aplenty within his already impressive squad. 

Although Dortmund usually have a wealth of talent to choose from in pre-season matches, the current squad has been trimmed down to just those who didn't take part in the World Cup as well as a few promoted youth players. 

As we take a look at the likely defensive line in this coming match, we can already see just how different this current side looks to the one that will play in Dortmund's first competitive game of the season.

Centre-back Neven Subotic played just 16 minutes in Dortmund's last fixture against Heidenheim last Saturday, July 19, and is likely to play a small role in Tuesday's match against Osnabruck.

New signing Matthias Ginter isn't expected to meet up with his new team until August, at Dortmund's pre-season training camp at Bad Ragaz in Switzerland. Which means we should see a relatively unknown defensive line, in a similar fashion to the last friendly at the weekend. 

As such, we'll probably see Lukasz Piszczek keep his spot at right-back and Marcel Schmelzer at left-back, while the new, inexperienced centre-back pairing of Marc Hornschuh and Evans Nyarko take to the task of protecting 22-year-old Zlatan Alomerovic in goal. 

The midfield looks as though it should be a similar scenario to the back line, with most of Dortmund's stars still to return from international duty or out injured. 

Klopp went with a midfield trio of Sebastian Kehl, Edisson Jordanov and Milas Jojic in the last game, which is similar to what we should expect on Tuesday against Osnabruck. 

This is, of course, likely to change in this coming match, with Oliver Kirch and Sven Bender both looking to pick up decent match time and regain their fitness ahead of the new season. Although the latter German international may find himself come on at right-back, as he did in Dortmund's previous game. 

Without Marco Reus through injury and Robert Lewandowski through a transfer out of the club, Klopp's squad is actually quite light up front at the moment. 

Recent signings Ciro Immobile and Dong-Won Ji did complete their first training sessions at the club late last week, but instead performed individual training sessions at the weekend instead of joining the squad for Saturday's game.

Due to international commitments at the World Cup—Immobile for Italy and Dong-Won for South Korea—both have also been granted leave and won't be available for Tuesday's game. 

Yet that doesn't mean Dortmund don't have any attacking options. As we saw in the last game, on either wing we had Tammo Harder and U.S. youngster Joseph Gyau. Who both performed well and stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. 

Klopp will likely start both youngsters again, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang keeping his spot up front as the lone striker. This then leaves the charismatic coach with the option of bringing on Jonas Hofmann and Henrikh Mkhitaryan if and when it suits. 

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