Faltering Cologne require a positive result from their testing trip to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday to give their ambitions of joining their Matchday 31 hosts in European competition next season (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Dortmund could keep a similar side that beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the semi-final of the DFB Cup on Wednesday. Matthias Ginter could come into defence for Sven Bender, whilst Felix Passlack could also get a start.
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)
- 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.
- ^ Cologne (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Borussia Dortmund (www.bundesliga.com)
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- ^ Bayern Munich 3-2 in the semi-final of the DFB Cup on Wednesday (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Matthias Ginter (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Sven Bender (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Felix Passlack (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Konstantin Rausch (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Neven Subotic (www.bundesliga.com)
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- ^ Head to the Match Centre for more on this fixture. (www.bundesliga.com)