Borussia Dortmund vs. Cologne: Line-ups and statistics

Faltering Cologne[1] require a positive result from their testing trip to Borussia Dortmund[2] on Saturday to give their ambitions of joining their Matchday 31 hosts in European competition next season (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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Dortmund could keep a similar side that beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the semi-final of the DFB Cup on Wednesday[4]. Matthias Ginter[5] could come into defence for Sven Bender[6], whilst Felix Passlack[7] could also get a start.

Cologne are forced into a change with Konstantin Rausch[8] missing with a muscle injury. On-loan Dortmund defender Neven Subotic[9] could also face his parent club from the start on Saturday.

Probable teams

Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer – Passlack, Castro, Weigl – Dembele, Aubameyang, Reus
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Absentees: Bartra (broken arm), Durm (thigh), Götze (metabolic), Schürrle (Achilles), Sahin (ankle)

Cologne: Horn – Klünter, Subotic, Heintz, Hector – Lehmann, Höger – Jojic, Bittencourt – Osako, Modeste
Coach: Peter Stöger
Absentees: Risse (rehab after cruciate ligament tear), Zoller (muscle), Rausch (muscle)

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Match Stats

  • Dortmund have already secured a place in the top six and with it a guarantee of European football next season.
  • With only two wins from their last 11 games, Cologne’s continental ambitions are in the balance.
  • The Billy Goats have drawn 37 games since returning to the top flight in 2014, the most of any Bundesliga club by some distance.
  • Dortmund have not been beaten at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK in over two years and 35 home matches.
  • Cologne have picked up just a point from their last five away games.
  • Peter Stöger has never lost against BVB as a coach, recording two wins and three draws so far.
  • Milos Jojic and Leonardo Bittencourt both played for Dortmund before joining Cologne, while the visitors’ centre-back Neven Subotic is on loan from BVB.

Head to the Match Centre for more on this fixture.[11]

References

  1. ^ Cologne (www.bundesliga.com)
  2. ^ Borussia Dortmund (www.bundesliga.com)
  3. ^ Click here to get your Official Fantasy Bundesliga team in shape for Matchday 31! (fantasy.bundesliga.com)
  4. ^ Bayern Munich 3-2 in the semi-final of the DFB Cup on Wednesday (www.bundesliga.com)
  5. ^ Matthias Ginter (www.bundesliga.com)
  6. ^ Sven Bender (www.bundesliga.com)
  7. ^ Felix Passlack (www.bundesliga.com)
  8. ^ Konstantin Rausch (www.bundesliga.com)
  9. ^ Neven Subotic (www.bundesliga.com)
  10. ^ Click here to download the Official Bundesliga App for free! (www.bundesliga.com)
  11. ^ Head to the Match Centre for more on this fixture. (www.bundesliga.com)

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