Team News, Line-Ups, Playing XI
The coronavirus outbreak has caused the league to be shut down for more than two months. But the action will return this weekend with a full set of fixtures in Germany’s top flight.
The Bundesliga is the first major European league to resume. Amid the coronavirus pandemic and arguably. The standout fixture this weekend will see Dortmund welcome Schalke in the Revierderby.
BVB will have to do without their incredibly vocal home support. With the match being played behind closed doors. But a huge three points are still an offer for Lucien Favre‘s team.
Dortmund bowed out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage with a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. In their last fixture on March 11, but the German outfit had been in excellent league form before play was postponed due to the worldwide pandemic.
Indeed, Favre’s side have won their last four against Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder Bremen, Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach to rise into second spot, just four points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.
Dortmund will have the chance to move to within one point of Bayern as the reigning champions are not in action until Sunday evening, when they take on Union Berlin.
BVB has only actually won one of their last eight Bundesliga matches against Schalke, though, and suffered a 4-2 defeat in the corresponding fixture during the 2018-19 campaign.
Schalke, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim in their last Bundesliga fixture on May 7. David Wagner‘s side have not actually triumphed in the league since overcoming Gladbach on January 17, losing three and drawing four of their last seven matches in Germany’s top flight.
The Royal Blues are still very much in contention for a European finish, though, as they occupy sixth position, one point clear of seventh-placed Wolfsburg, who are due to face Augsburg on Saturday.
Schalke have only actually lost six of their 25 league matches this season, which is a number only bettered by the top three RB Leipzig, Dortmund and Bayern, while as mentioned above, their recent record against BVB is strong.
Wagner’s side have picked up 16 points from their 12 away games this season, which is a decent return, but Dortmund have the best home record in the Bundesliga during the 2019-20 campaign, collecting 30 points from 12 matches, winning nine times and remaining unbeaten in the process.
Dortmund Bundesliga form: WLWWWW
Dortmund form (all competitions): WWWWWL
Schalke Bundesliga form: DDDLLD
Schalke form (all competitions): DDLLLD
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke: What the managers said
Lucien Favre (Borussia Dortmund): “A match without spectators is really different and we have to be well prepared… It’s a question of mentality, which is very important.”
David Wagner (Schalke): “It’s been tough going, but the lads have made the best of this situation. One huge advantage is that we aren’t just playing any old match, but rather the derby. Even though the fans can’t be with us in the stadium, I know that they will be fully backing us.”
Dortmund possible starting lineup:
Burki; Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji; Hakimi, Brandt, Delaney, Guerreiro; Sancho, Haaland, Hazard
Schalke possible starting lineup:
Schubert; Kenny, Todibo, Nastasic, Oczipka; McKennie, Schopf, Serdar; Raman, Burgstaller, Harit