Borussia Dortmund - VfL Wolfsburg Preview: Can the visitors kickstart their chase for a European spot?

Preview of matchday 32's game between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg.

Borussia Dortmund - VfL Wolfsburg Preview: Can the visitors kickstart their chase for a European spot?
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With just two weeks remaining in the Bundesliga, both Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg will be keen to maximise their end of season points tally, as they both look for a win today. 

Form

Thomas Tuchel's team are unbeaten in their previous 19 home games in the Bundesliga, and will look to extend this record today as they host an out of form Wolfsburg. Dortmund have won their last three Bundesliga games 3-0, with wins over Hamburger SV, Hertha BSC and VfB Stuttgart

The form of Dieter Hecking's side unfortunately tells a different story to that of their opponents. With one draw and two consecutive losses in their previous three league games, Wolfsburg are in fear of being overtaken by both Augsburg and Hamburg IF they fail to win today.  

Team news

Following the heartbreaking news of Mats Hummels' desire to leave at the end of the season. The Dortmund captain officially handed in his transfer request, stating that he wishes to joint rivals Bayern Munich. This news is something that Dortmund fans know all too well about, following the agonising departures of Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski in the past. 

After handing his request in this week, there are doubts as to whether Tuchel will play the centre back with fears over the atmosphere at the Westfalenstadion. Matthias Ginter has proved that he can step up in the central defensive role, and may be the safer option to play this afternoon. 

As for injuries, Ilkay Gündogan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to training this week, however may not start for the home team with risks of further injury. 

Julian Draxler remains unable to play for Wolfsburg due to a hamstring injury sustained against Real Madrid in the Champions League. There are concerns over the availability of full back Ricardo Rodriguez as he was forced to leave training midweek due to a reported back injury. Andre Schürrrle returns from suspension. 

Can Aubameyang put paid to Wolfsburg's European ambitions. | Image: BVB.de
Can Aubameyang put paid to Wolfsburg's European ambitions. | Image: BVB.de

Predicted line-ups

Borussia Dortmund: (4-3-3) Bürki; Piszczek, Bender, Hummels, Schmelzer; Castro, Weigl, Kagawa; Mkhitaryan, Ramos, Reus.

VfL Wolfsburg: (4-2-3-1) Benaglio; Träsch, Naldo, Dante, Schäfer; Guilavogui, Luiz Gustavo; Vieirinha, Arnold, Schürrle; Dost.

With just two games remaining for both sides, Wolfsburg are in desperate need of three points if they wish to kickstart their push for European qualification. Dortmund are safe in second, but will be eager to finish their seasonal a high.