Borussia Dortmund will look to return to winning ways this Saturday when they host Bundesliga newcomers and fierce rivals Schalke 04 in the first Revierderby of the season.
Venue: Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund have won their last two games at home without conceding a goal.
The hosts have scored just eight goals in the league this season, the second feast for teams in the current top seven.
Dortmund have lost their two Bundesliga home games against promoted sides.
They have won the last three derbies in a row. They haven’t won four on the spin since the 1960s.
Schalke are without a goal in their last three meetings with Dortmund.
The visitors are winless in their last 31 away league games.
They have kept one clean sheet in the league this season.
Head to head
In 98 meetings between both sides, Dortmund have 36 wins while Schalke have 32 wins (D30).
Latest performances in all competitions
Borussia Dortmund lost their second game in a row last Wednesday when they were beaten by Manchester City in their second group game of the Champions League this season.
In an entertaining game at the Etihad Stadium, the hosts led through Jude Bellingham. But goals from John Stones and former striker Erling Haaland turned the tie around and handed Pep Guardiola’s side all three points.
The result followed a disappointing 3-0 loss to RB Leipzig last weekend–their second loss in the league this season (W4).
And so, Edin Terzic’s side come into this tie sitting in fifth place, two points behind Union Berlin who are currently sitting on top of the league table.
With two of their last two losses coming away from home, Terzic will be glad to return to the Signal Iduna Park, where they have won each of their last two games without conceding a goal.
However, a return home does not necessarily mean a return to winning ways, especially against their fierce rivals Schalke who have often left Signal Iduna Park with a positive result in their recent meetings.
With Dortmund losing their last two Bundesliga home games against promoted sides, there may be some nerves that their bitter rivals could produce a shock result that stretches that run to three for the first time ever.
Possible Dortmund starting line-up
Alexander Meyer; Marius Wolf, Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, Raphael Guerreiro; Jude Bellingham, Salih Ozcan; Marco Reus, Julian Brandt, Thomas Meunier; Anthony Modeste.
Injured: Sebastian Haller, Mateu Morey, Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, Gregor Kobel, Mahmoud Dahoud
After two losses and two draws in their opening five league games, Schalke 04 finally found their first win of the season last week when they beat Bochum 3-1.
Goals from Dominick Drexler, Sebastian Polter and an own goal from Erhan Masovic gave Frank Kramer’s side all three points.
Having already tasted a derby victory when they beat Bochum last weekend, the Royal Blues could collect consecutive top-flight triumphs for the first time since November 2019.
With club sporting director Peter Knäbel coming out to openly back Kramer, the coach can now breathe a little easier as he bids to oversee his first-ever managerial victory against Dortmund after losing his prior four managerial H2Hs.
But the chances of ending that losing run is plausible here given Schalke are currently in the midst of a club-record 31-game winless Bundesliga away run.
Possible Schalke starting line-up
Alexander Schwolow; Henning Matriciani, Sepp van den Berg, Maya Yoshida, Tobias Mohr; Tom Krauß, Florian Flick; Jordan Larsson, Dominick Drexler, Marius Bulter; Simon Terodde.
Injured: Cedric Brunner, Marcin Kaminski
Dortmund 2-1 Schalke