Mario Götze will be there to help Eintracht Frankfurt maintain their fine form when they take on Jude Bellingham and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (kick-off: 6.30pm CEST).
The Eagles are flying high at the moment, having collected more points (12) than any other Bundesliga side in their last five outings. 3-1 success last week at Borussia Mönchengladbach blew them up classification in fourth place, one rung and one point ahead Dortmund. Their confidence will be further boosted by the impressive 2-1 UEFA Champions League win over Marseille Tuesday which kept them in contention to advance to the last 16. Gotze provided tremendous assistance to Randal Kolo Muani in this game, and the 30-year-old will once again be eager to dazzle against his former employers. jesper lindstrom also looks unstoppable at the moment – the Dane already has five league goals this season – but Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner will be forced to make at least one change after Christopher Lenz was injured against Marseille. Luca Pellegrini is expected to start as an identical substitute at left-back.
Dortmund also posted a remarkable result in the Champions League in midweek, excluding the former striker Erling Haaland and Manchester City in a Draw 0-0 which sealed their place in the next round. This extended their unbeaten run to three matches in all competitions, and BVB will want to continue as well as end a streak of three successive away defeats in the Bundesliga. bellingham is a starter nailed down as the team’s driving force and main source of goals – the 19-year-old has eight in all competitions in 2022/23. teenage companion Gio Reina has looked good since returning from injury, meanwhile, scoring his first league goal of the season last weekend Stuttgart crush 5-0. Marco Reus is still assessed as questionable following an ankle complaint, while Marius Wolf should start at back left if Raphael Guerreiro is not on a pulled thigh.
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- Bellingham’s brace against stuttgart last week made him – at the age of 19 years and 115 days – the third youngest player to score a brace for BVB. Only Jadon Sancho (18 years, 216 days, as of October 2018) and Daniel Simmes (18 years, 230 days, as of March 1985) were younger.
- Antoine Modeste is on course to make his 200th Bundesliga appearance.
- Dortmund have beaten Frankfurt more times (47) than any other Bundesliga team.
- Kolo Muani has had six assists in his first 10 Bundesliga games. Only two players have reached this benchmark faster since detailed data collection began: Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa (nine games) and Werder Bremen’s Diego (seven games).
- Djibril Silk will make his 100th Bundesliga outing for Frankfurt if he features.
- Frankfurt coach Glasner has lost all six games his sides have played against BVB, losing four times with Wolfsburg and twice with the Eagles.
Frankfurt: Trapp (c) – Tuta, Jakic, Ndicka – Dina Ebimbe, Rode (c), Sow, Pellegrini – Lindström, Götze – Kolo Muani
Out: Buta (knee), Hasebe (knee), Knauff (thigh), Lenz (thigh)
Coach: Olivier Glasner
Dortmund: Kobel – Süle, Hummels (c), Schlotterbeck, Wolf – Özcan, Bellingham – Adeyemi, Brandt, Reyna – Moukoko
Out: Bynoe-Gittens (shoulder), Dahoud (shoulder), Haller (testicular cancer), Meunier (broken cheekbone), Morey (knee)
Doubtful: Guerreiro (thigh), Reus (fitness)
Coach: Edin Terzic