Jorge Jesus reckons Tuesday's meeting could help determine the Group F destiny of Sporting CP and Dortmund, though injuries to both teams make it difficult to predict.
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- Sporting have won their last nine home games in all competitions
- Dortmund top Group F with four points, Sporting CP a point behind
- Reus, Schürrle and Guerreiro among several absentees for BVB
- Papastathopoulos and Semedo face fitness tests on thigh injuries
- Jorge Jesus completes two-match touchline ban
Sporting: Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Coates, Ruben Semedo, Zeegelaar; William Carvalho, Elías, Bruno César, Gelson, Bryan Ruiz; Dost.
Out: Adrien Silva, (knee), Jefferson (ankle), Petrović (thigh), Bruno Paulista (dental surgery)
Doubtful: Semedo (thigh)
Dortmund: Bürki; Piszczek, Bartra, Ginter, Passlack; Weigl; Pulišić, Götze, Kagawa, Dembélé; Aubameyang.
Out: Schmelzer (adductor), Reus (groin), Schürrle (back), Guerreiro (thigh), Durm (knee), Bender (ankle), Castro (groin)
Doubtful: Papastathopoulos (thigh)
Jorge Jesus, Sporting coach
We have put a lot of thought into this game. We are playing one of the strongest teams in Europe. Dortmund have great attacking players, like Ousmane Dembélé, Mario Götze and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They are a very strong team offensively.
Predicting the result is an impossible task. My players are going to give everything they have as they look to win what is a very important match – we have total confidence in our own capabilities. This game could be a decisive one for both teams' chances.
Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund coach
Sporting are a very complete team. They are strong technically, robust defensively and with Bas Dost up front, dangerous in attack. They have a very experienced coach and team, and players who are good on the ball like Gelson Martins.
I saw Sporting play against Real Madrid, when they were unlucky and lost so late. They have our complete respect. The situation with our injuries is what it is and each individual injury has its own story, but I have strong players at my disposal and I am confident in the team I will put out tomorrow.
Famalicão 0-1 Sporting (Marković 10)
Lazar Marković scored the only goal – his second in as many games – on Thursday as Sporting made it to the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup.
Dortmund 1-1 Hertha (Aubameyang 80; Stocker 51)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned in Ousmane Dembélé's cross three minutes after having a penalty saved, and Emre Mor was dismissed late on, as Dortmund set a new club record of 25 Bundesliga home matches unbeaten.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter's view: Paul Bryan (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Words emanating from the two camps camp point to this fixture – and the return in Germany on 2 November – being pivotal to both sides' UEFA Champions League hopes this season. Dortmund will be missing several key players through injury yet Sporting must also plan without talisman Adrien Silva. The key to success will lie in who adapts best.
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