Dortmund v Barca: Injury update, likely lineups & prediction

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/09/2019

Barcelona travel to Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night to play Borussia Dortmund in their first Champions League group game of the season.

The Catalans go into the clash off the back of a 5-2 victory against Valencia on Saturday, while the Germans crushed Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in the ​Bundesliga to record their third league win of the season.

Team News

Lionel Messi is in contention to feature for the first time this season after returning to training on Sunday, while Ousmane Dembele will miss the clash with his former club, as he currently as a hamstring strain but Samuel Umtiti is also missing with a foot injury, leaving Ernesto Valverde a little short in central defence.

​Dortmund, meanwhile, are without defensive duo Mateu Morey and Nico Schulz, whilst midfielder Patrick Osterhage is likewise absent with an inflamed knee.

Head to Head

BVB and La Blaugrana have played each other twice before, in a two-legged UEFA Super Cup meeting in 1998 as the La Liga holders recorded a 2-0 home win before claiming a 1-1 draw in Germany to record a 3-1 aggregate success.

Recent Form

Barcelona were decidedly shaky as they got their title defence underway in domestic matters. Nevertheless, a solid showing in the win over Valencia will keep their detractors quiet for now.

Frenkie de Jong is growing into his role in Valverde's system and looks set to play a significant part in their quest for a sixth European Cup. Fati is another prospect blossoming in the Barça setup, though he is unlikely to feature against Dortmund.

Lucien Favre's Dortmund were stunned by Bundesliga newbies Union Berlin prior to the international break, but have since got their title challenge back on track with a convincing triumph against Bayer Leverkusen.

Jadon Sancho continues to sparkle for club and country, and Marco Reus will come into the game in high spirits - as will Paco Alcacer - after netting at the weekend.

Borussia Dortmund possible starting lineup: Burki; Hakimi, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Delaney, Witsel; Brandt, Reus, Sancho; Alcacer

Barcelona possible starting lineup: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Roberto; Griezmann, L Suarez, Perez

Prediction: Dortmund 2-2 Barcelona