The expected BVB line-up against Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund will host VfB Stuttgart at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3:30 p.

The expected BVB line-up against Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund will host VfB Stuttgart at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3:30 p.m.). After the unconvincing 2-0 away win in the DFB Cup at Hannover 96, the black and yellow will have to improve significantly if three points are to be picked up again after three league games without a win and slipping down to eighth place.

"There are a few points that we urgently want to improve," said Edin Terzic at the press conference on Friday afternoon. In terms of efficiency in particular, the successor to Rose sees a lot of room for improvement. "We have the second most deals in the Bundesliga, but we've only scored 13 goals," complained the trainer. "If we don't have high efficiency, we have to create more and clearer chances to score." However, Terzic is also very optimistic that "we will get out of this phase".

With VfB Stuttgart, an opponent is waiting on Saturday afternoon who has "not played the season they probably wanted. They have shown good performances, but also had some bad luck," said the 39-year-old. After the dismissal of Pellegrino Matarazzo, the fourteenth-placed player gained self-confidence with clear wins against Bochum (4-1) and in the DFB Cup against Bielefeld (6-0), emphasized the BVB coach. "They need points, but we know that we absolutely need to win at home and that we're going into the game as favourites."

With Thomas Meunier, the black and yellow have a new loss to complain about. After a broken cheekbone, the right-back will be out until the World Cup break. Mo Dahoud, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (both shoulder injuries), Sebastien Haller (testicular tumor) and Mateu Morey (knee injury) are also in the BVB hospital. There are also question marks over Marius Wolf (after an infection) and captain Marco Reus, whose ankle injury caused problems again and prevented him from playing in the cup. Both players will complete a medical check on Friday. Then it will be decided whether it is enough for the home game.

TW: Gregor Kobel - The Swiss showed a strong performance in the DFB Cup and held on to the zero with several good saves. RV: Niklas Süle - After Meunier's absence, it is quite conceivable that Süle will take over the right-back position. "Against Munich we played with Niklas in the position for the first time, who did really well," said Terzic. Wolf should not be a candidate for the starting eleven.IV: Mats Hummels - If Süle jumps in again as a right-back, the world champion returns to the starting eleven and runs on the right in central defense.IV: Nico Schlotterbeck - For the national player, the left is in the center of defense Position reserved.LV: Raphael Guerreiro - The Portuguese national player takes the last free place in the back four.CM: Salih Özcan - In central midfield, the newcomer from Cologne should be preferred to Emre Can.CM: Jude Bellingham - After his joker use in the cup (one hit) the youngster returns to the starting XI.RA: Karim Adeyemi - Adeyemi, who was sent off the field in Hanover after an emergency brake with smooth red, is expected on the right flank.OM: Julian Brandt - Reus is not in the starting XI, Brandt will run up again as a tenth. LA: Donyell Malen – The Dutchman should complete the offensive row of three. Gio Reyna and Thorgan Hazard are the alternatives on the wings.MS: Anthony Modeste - In the center of attack, Terzic has to choose between Modeste and Youssoufa Moukoko again.

After Meunier's absence, a change to a back three would be an option, but Terzic should stick to the 4-2-3-1 system.

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