Borussia Dortmund will look to secure UCL football next season when they travel to Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer to take on Greuther Fürth.
Venue: Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer (Fürth)
Greuther Fürth have conceded just four more goals (28) than Dortmund (24) in the second half of the season.
The hosts Fürth have now scored 26 goals, equalling their total from the whole of the 2012/13 campaign.
They have a record of one scored goal per game across their last seven at home (W2, D2, L3).
Fürth’s tally of 13 points is the club’s best half-season in its Bundesliga history.
Borussia Dortmund have only ever once netted more times at this stage of a season. They currently boast 80 goals from 32 matches, two shy of the tally they had in 2019/20 when they set a club record of 84 goals in the season.
Bundesliga games involving Dortmund have produced a league-high 130 goals (4.06 per match on average).
Dortmund have scored two or more goals in 22 of their past 32 matches this season.
They have averaged 57% ball possession in the last 20 matches.
Head to head
Borussia Dortmund have won three times out of the five times both sides have met in the past.
Latest performances in all competitions
Greuther Furth will look to get their first win in five games when they host Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
The host have endured a chastening return to the top flight and come into this tie with their relegation confirmed after a 4-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen two matchdays ago.
With head coach Stefan Leitl having announced that he will be stepping down at the end of the campaign after that loss to Leverkusen, there appears to be little to play for in the remaining two games.
However, his side reacted well by drawing their last game with Union Berlin (1-1). Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, they are guaranteed to finish bottom.
But they can at least set a new club record for goals scored in a Bundesliga season with just one more after matching their 2012/13 record in that Union game. With an average of exactly one scored goal per game across their last seven at home (W2, D2, L3), Fürth may well get over the line.
Possible Furth starting line-up
Andreas Linde, Sebastian Griesbeck, Maximilian Bauer, Nick Viergever; Simon Asta, Tobias Raschl, Timothy Tillman, Itter; Jamie Lewling; Branimir Hrgota, Jessic Ngankam.
Injured: Håvard Nielsen, Max Christiansen, Marco Meyerhöfer, Paul Seguin, Robin Kehr
Suspended: Jetro Willems
While their hosts are playing to secure a goal-scoring record, Borussia Dortmund are playing g for something higher; UCL football.
The visitors need a win in this game against Dortmund to mathematically secure a sixth second-place finish across the last ten campaigns after that was delayed when they fell to a 4-3 loss to notorious giant-killers Bochum last round.
They will be desperate to win here, but their record against promoted sides this season leaves much to be desired as they have just one win in three meetings against the promoted side.
However, that sole win was a 3-0 success in the reverse fixture, which made the aggregate scoreline between these sides in Bundesliga action 12-2 to Dortmund after just three clashes.
With the only defeat across Dortmund’s last eight Bundesliga away games coming against champions Bayern Munich (W5, D2, L1), they will fancy their chances of extending that H2H winning run here.
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is looking to continue his hot scoring form. The Norwegian scored a hat-trick in the game against Bochum last time out to take his tally to 61 goals in 65 Bundesliga games. No player has ever reached the 60-goal barrier in so few Bundesliga games, and the 21-year-old is also the youngest man to reach the milestone.
Possible Borussia Dortmund starting line-up
Marwin Hitz; Emre Can, Manuel Akanji, Dan-Axel Zagadou Raphael Guerreiro; Axel Witsel, Jude Bellingham; Marco Reus, Jamie Byneo-Gittens; Julian Brandt, Erling Haaland.
Injured: gregor Kobel, Thorgan Hazard, Thomas Meunier, Mateu Morey, Marcel Schmelzer, Steffen Tigges, Donyell Malen, Mats Hummels, Giovanni Reyna, Mahmoud Dahoud.
Furth 1-3 Borussia Dortmund.