Super sub Alcacer ready to fire Dortmund into last 16
The Spanish striker showed why Borussia reportedly paid Barcelona 23 million euros ($26m) for him when he netted during his 26 minutes on the pitch in Saturday's 2-1 win at Mainz, which kept Dortmund four points clear in the German league table.
He is Dortmund's super sub with eight goals off the bench.
Alcacer has started just two league games but has still managed nine goals in a total of just 261 minutes in the Bundesliga, including the winner in the 3-2 home win against defending champions Bayern Munich earlier this month.
He scored his only Champions League goal this season in the 3-0 home win against Monaco last month - his only Dortmund appearance over 90 minutes.
The Germans need just a point against Brugge to reach the knock-out stages, sitting neck-and-neck at the top of Group A on nine points with Atletico Madrid, while Brugge must win to stay in contention for a top-two finish.
Despite Alcacer's goal-scoring prowess, head coach Lucien Favre is protecting the Spaniard, who is working his way back to full fitness after a thigh injury.
"He didn't play much in Barcelona, so it is normal that he needs time before he can play for 90 minutes," said Favre in Tuesday's press conference.
"It'll take a little longer, then we will see."
Germany forward Mario Goetze is the man Alcacer has replaced in his last two games and says all that is important is getting points against Brugge to enter the knock-out stages in 2019.
"I want to play my part in winning games, so if I get replaced after 60 minutes and Paco Alcacer comes in and scores the goals, that's a good thing," said Goezte.
Dortmund substitute Christian Pulisic, who is reportedly being targeted by Premier League side Chelsea, scored the only goal five minutes from time when Dortmund sealed a 1-0 victory at Brugge in September.
The Bundesliga leaders won their first three games in Europe before losing 2-0 at Atletico three weeks ago -- their only defeat this season.
"We will have to play very, very well - we all remember the game there, it was very, very difficult," added Favre.
Favre insists it is "difficult to find gaps" in the Brugge defence and expects the Belgians to attack on the counter.