New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stöger, who won both Bundesliga games in charge of BVB prior to the winter break, will be hoping to pick up where he left off when Wolfsburg visit the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday evening to round off the first Bundesliga Matchday of the calendar year (kick-off: 18:00 CET/17:00 GMT)

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Borussia Dortmund will have two possible absentees, but will need late fitness tests on both players to be sure. Christian Pulisic and Raphael Guerreiro both suffered knocks at the club’s Spanish training camp last week and could miss out. Another unlikely to be risked is Marco Reus, who is lacking match fitness. If they recover in time from gastroenteritis, both Ömer Toprak and Roman Weidenfeller will be in the squad.

Wolfsburg head coach Martin Schmidt has confirmed that defensive rock John Brooks will play no part after a toe injury interrupted the USA international’s preparations for the restart. The Swiss tactician also told media in midweek that defender Jeffrey Bruma is touch and go, while new signing Renato Steffen is not quite up to the necessary level of match fitness to start. Liverpool loanee Divock Origi is expected to lead the line following the departure of Mario Gomez.

Watch: Check out Pulisic’s December Goal of the Month winner below!

Probable line-ups

Borussia Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis (c), Toprak, Toljan – Götze, Weigl, Dahoud – Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Pulisic
Absentees: Weidenfeller (gastroenteritis), Durm (gash), Schmelzer (calf), Toprak (gastroenteritis), Pulisic (shin), Guerreiro (thigh), Reus (match fitness), Rode (pelvis), Philipp (knee)
Coach: Peter Stöger

Wolfsburg: Casteels – Verhaegh, Uduokhai, Bruma, Tisserand – Arnold, Guilavogui (c) – Brekalo, Didavi, Malli – Origi
Absentees: Brooks (toe), Blaszczykowski (back), Camacho (ankle)
Coach: Martin Schmidt

Match stats

  • Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored seven goals in nine Bundesliga appearances against Wolfsburg. Hamburg are the only Bundesliga club against whom he has scored more.
  • Only record champions Bayern Munich have picked up more points than Borussia Dortmund (170) in the last two years.
  • Nuri Sahin became the youngest player of all time to appear in the Bundesliga in Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg on 6 August 2005.
  • Andre Schürrle registered 13 goals and 10 assists in 63 appearances in all competitions for Wolfsburg, before joining Dortmund in summer 2016.
  • Wolfsburg have lost their fast five Bundesliga games against Dortmund, conceding 18 goals.
  • Wolfsburg’s Yunus Malli and Daniel Didavi have scored four and five Bundesliga goals respectively this season, but neither player has ever recorded a win over Dortmund.

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