Jadon Sancho pushes for his first start since the resumption of play when Borussia Dortmund tries to avoid another banana peel inspired by Streli Mamba against Paderborn Sunday (kick-off: 6:00 p.m. CEST / 5:00 p.m. BST / 12:00 p.m. ET).

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Mamba was a Marco Reus equalizer in injury time, far from inspiring Paderborn in three points in the second leg. The striker, who until this season had never played higher than the third level, shocked the faithful of Signal Iduna Park with a double in the first half before Gerrit Holtmann took a 3-0 lead at halftime. Sancho, Axel Witsel and Reus finally spared Dortmund’s blush, but this match was a testament to what Paderborn can do. Steffen Baumgart’s men may be at the bottom of the table, but if they fall, they will be one of the best sides to have suffered this spell. They have drawn each of their three games since the restart – against Fortuna Düsseldorf, Hoffenheim and Augsburg – but with one goal scored, Baumgart could be tempted to play their two forwards against Dortmund. There will however be no room for Klaus Gjasula. The midfielder is suspended after collecting 15 yellow cards. Another game would tie the record 16 defeats of former Duisburg defender Tomasz Hajto to Duisburg in the 1998/99 season.

Dortmund will be eager to get noticed by Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker, with Joshua Kimmich’s magic moment giving the champions a 1-0 victory, leaving BVB seven points behind as their closest pursuers. With 14 goals and 16 assists, Sancho has scored the most goals this season alongside top league scorer Robert Lewandowski. The young Englishman is still 100% in physical fitness, but his chances of starting for the first time since resumption of play have been enhanced by the fact that Erling Haaland has been excluded from the trip to the Benteler-Arena due to a knee injury. Thorgan Hazard should lead the line, freeing up a large attacking position in Lucien Favre’s favorite 3-4-3 formation. Gio Reyna can also be optimistic a few minutes from the bench. Emre Can is more advanced in his recovery than Witsel and should start alongside Thomas Delaney with Mo Dahoud having been excluded for the rest of the season for a knee injury.

Watch: Highlights of an exciting 3-3 draw in the reverse match!

Match statistics
Paderborn has drawn two of his three Bundesliga games with Dortmund to date, losing the other.
Baumgart’s team led BVB 3-0 in the return leg, which ended 3-3. Mamba scored twice, but has not found the net since.
In January, Srbeny was tied with Mamba tops the club’s league table on five league goals, including four in his last seven outings.
Dortmund have never lost a competitive match against Paderborn (W3, D2), a match in which they score on average at least two goals per match.
Haaland scored 10 in 11 Bundesliga games, but didn’t score in two. He has never played in more than two league games in a Dortmund jersey without scoring.
The Norwegian is one of three Dortmund players to double goals this season, Reus (11) and Sancho (14) being the other two. This is four more than the entire Paderborn team (31).

Probable compositions
Paderborn: Zingerle – Dräger, Hunemeier, Schonlau (c), Collins – Holtmann, Ritter, Vasiliadis, Antwi-Adjei – Srbeny, Mamba
Exit: Gjasula (suspended)
Doubtful: Kilian (fitness match)
Coach: Steffen Baumgart

Dortmund: Bürki, Piszczek (c), Hummels, Akanji – Hakimi, Can, Delaney Guerreiro – Brandt, Hazard, Sancho
Exit: Dahoud (knee), Haaland (knee), Reus (thigh), Schulz (muscular), Zagadou (knee)
Doubtful: –
Coach: Lucien Favre

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