Predicted Borussia Dortmund lineup for DFB-Pokal tie vs Stuttgart

Borussia Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic
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Defenders: Julian Ryerson, Mats Hummels, Nico Schlotterbeck, Ramy Bensebaini

Nico Schlotterbeck was forced off with muscular problems against Bayer Leverkusen, but will hope to shake it off to play from the start on Wednesday. Niklas Süle can also partner Mats Hummels at centre-back if need be, but hasn't been able to train with the team for a week now.

Hummels has been in impressive form this season and Terzic praised the defender during his pre-match press conference. Questions will be raised about whether the veteran centre-back is fit enough to play these gruelling games every three days, but BVB are short of options at centre-back.

Even though Antonios Papadopoulos produced an impressive performance after coming on against Leverkusen at the weekend, it is not very likely that he will be considered for a starting spot on Wednesday.

Julian Ryerson is once again expected to start in one of the full-back roles. But it will be interesting to see who starts on the opposite flank. Marius Wolf had a torrid time in Leverkusen, and we could see Ramy Bensebaini return to the team. Thomas Meunier made his comeback at the weekend after being sidelined for so long, and could offer BVB with another option at right-back in the coming games.