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Dortmund v Sporting CP: line-ups, where to watch, form guide

Dortmund have struggled in the Bundesliga in recent weeks but with a trio of their attacking instigators returning to fitness, Thomas Tuchel's men could seal a place in the last 16.

Dortmund v Sporting CP: line-ups, where to watch, form guide
Dortmund v Sporting CP: line-ups, where to watch, form guide ©Getty Images
  • Win takes Dortmund through; if Madrid also beat Legia, Sporting are out
  • Dortmund have won just one of their last seven matches
  • Dortmund lifted by return from injury of Schürrle, Guerreiro and Castro
  • Lisbon club have never won in Germany, losing 11 out of 12
  • Aubameyang has scored in every outing in this competition this season
  • German side won 2-1 when these teams met in Lisbon two weeks ago

Possible line-ups
Dortmund: Bürki; Ginter, Papastathopoulos, Bartra, Guerreiro; Weigl; Dembélé, Castro, Götze, Schürrle; Aubameyang.
Out: S Bender (foot), Durm (knee), Reus (groin), Schmelzer (groin)
Doubtful: Piszczek (stomach), Kagawa (ankle)

Sporting: Rui Patrício; Zeegelaar, Coates, Rúben Semedo, Schelotto; William Carvalho, Elías, Bruno César; Bryan Ruiz, Gelson Martins, Dost.
: Jefferson (ankle), Bruno Paulista (dental surgery)

Where to watch
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here

Highlights: Sporting 1-2 Dortmund

Thomas Tuchel, Dortmund coach
We haven't got the results we wanted in recent Bundesliga matches. Perhaps [CEO] Hans-Joachim Watzke had the impression that we did not have the same focus in league matches as we did in the Champions League. I would deny that.

The return of both Raphaël Guerreiro and Gonzalo Castro could be a very important factor, they are the top assist providers in the Bundesliga, which we have been missing lately. We have been lacking that precision.

In the first match we saw that the two sides are almost on a par. We had chances, they had chances. We had lots of injuries and we were a bit lucky to win in the end. But that's normal, it's the Champions League so it's tough!

Jorge Jesus, Sporting coach
We are confident. We played well in the second half in Portugal and the team are looking forward to this. The problem is that we are up against a top side, one of the best in the competition and very strong in attack. Nevertheless, as a team we are very well organised and compact.

We can still go through and tomorrow will go some way to deciding whether we do or not. We are in a very tough group.

Weekend results
0-0 Schalke

Dortmund are without a win in four Bundesliga matches following a goalless Ruhr derby. Ousmane Dembélé hit the bar for Tuchel's side and a last-ditch challenge denied Christian Pulišić.

Nacional 0-0 Sporting CP
William Carvalho had an eighth-minute penalty saved as Sporting failed to score for the first time in 22 matches and were held to a draw for a third successive league game.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Dortmund: DWDWDL
Sporting CP: DDLWDW

Mario Götze Q&A – Dortmund star under the spotlight

Reporter's view: Steffen Potter (@UEFAcomSteffenP)
Tuchel is telling anyone who will listen that Sporting are capable of winning this one, but I don't really see that happening. In front of their own fans, where they recently held holders Madrid, and with the return of quality players like Guerreiro, Schürrle and Castro, BVB will at least get the draw they need to stay comfortably ahead of their Portuguese adversaries. They may even secure the victory that will allow them to go through already and focus more on their faltering Bundesliga form.

Did you know?
Dortmund have a 100% home record against Portuguese sides. Find out more facts in our in-depth match background.