Borussia Dortmund vs. Krasnodar: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Stefan Bienkowski@@SbienkowskiFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2015

Dortmund's Matthias Ginter, right, and teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrate after the opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Ingolstadt 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Ingolstadt, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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This Thursday will see Borussia Dortmund kick off their Europa League campaign when they welcome Russian side Krasnodar to the Westfalenstadion.

Although new manager Thomas Tuchel will primarily be focussing on Dortmund's return to the top of the Bundesliga table, a swift effective campaign in Europe's second-tier tournament could do a world of good for a squad desperate to reaffirm themselves among the best.

In a group that the German side should dominate, this match offers an enticing exchange, but one that Dortmund really should be hoping to take all three points from.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Time: 8 p.m. BST (3 p.m. ET)

Venue: Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany

TV Info: BT Sport Extra (UK Only) /Fox Soccer 2 (U.S. Only)

Online: BT Sport Online / Fox Sports Go

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Team News and Lineups

Tuchel will be encouraged by news that both Lukasz Piszczek and Adrian Ramos have both returned to training this week and should be available for Thursday's match (via Dortmund's official site). Marco Reus is back to training individually, but he probably won't feature in the Europa League clash. 

Dortmund are still without right-back Erik Durm and influential central midfielder Nuri Sahin, meaning the manager will have to continue shuffling his side around in the coming clash. 

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Key Players

If Piszczek is back to match fitness, it will be interesting to see if Tuchel quickly moves the Polish international back in to his usual position on the right side of the defence. In the defender's absence, Matthias Ginter has come in and done remarkably well in a role that he's not used to. 

Similarly, should Reus miss the clash against Krasnodar, then Tuchel will turn to Henrikh Mkhitaryan to pick up the slack in attack. The Armenian international has already bagged nine goals and seven assists in just nine games this season (via Transfermarkt), and he will be looking to add to that total in the Europa League.