Jadon Sancho and Co. will look to ruin Matthias Ginter’s latest return to old club Borussia Dortmund when they take on Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (kick-off: 6.30pm CEST/5.30pm BST/12.30pm ET).
Sancho scored Dortmund's first goal of the new season, one of five different goalscorers for Lucien Favre's side in their 5-0 DFB Cup first-round victory at third-tier MSV Duisburg on Monday. Jude Bellingham became the club's youngest ever scorer, while Thorgan Hazard, Gio Reyna, and captain Marco Reus - just three seconds into his competitive return from injury after seven months out - all found the net too. Erling Haaland didn't, for once, but perhaps the man who got 13 league goals after joining Dortmund in January - as well as three in two games for Norway this month - was saving himself for Gladbach. Reus, meanwhile, might start on the bench again against his former club. Goalkeeper Roman Bürki should return after missing the cup game with a hip problem, but Swiss compatriot Marwin Hitz is on standby if needed.
Marco Rose enjoyed a superb first season as Gladbach head coach, with the former Red Bull Salzburg boss guiding the Foals to a top-four finish. Only four points separated his side from runners-up Dortmund in the 2019/20 table, as they suffered three one-goal defeats against BVB in both league and cup. New signing Valentino Lazaro is currently out injured, but he was hardly missed when Gladbach thrashed fourth-division Oberneuland 8-0 in the DFB Cup last Saturday. Attacking talents like captain Lars Stindl, Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea will threaten Dortmund, assuming the latter two can find fitness in time; although, the form of defender Ginter and goalkeeper Yann Sommer could be crucial to Gladbach's chances of success this weekend - and throughout 2020/21. Forever unlucky with injuries, Breel Embolo is also out after taking a knock to his ankle from clubmate Ginter in Switzerland's UEFA Nations League draw with Germany.
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- Sancho scored 17 goals and contributed 16 assists last season. Only Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski (34 goals, four assists) and RB Leipzig's Timo Werner (28 goals, eight assists) had a hand in more goals than the England winger.
- Haaland figures to run Lewandowski close in the Torjägerkanone race this season. The Norwegian plundered 13 goals in 15 games following his winter arrival from Salzburg, coming in at a rate of one every 82 minutes.
- US youngster Gio Reyna has arguably been BVB's biggest winner in pre-season, though, scoring four goals in the five games in which he has featured. Both of his goals in competitive action have come in the DFB Cup.
- Gladbach's Germany centre-back Ginter spent three seasons with Dortmund between 2014 and 2017. He featured in more than 100 games in all competitions, winning the Supercup in his first season and the DFB Cup in his last.
- Gladbach led the Bundesliga table for eight matchdays last season. Runners-up BVB were only top for the first two weeks.
- French duo Thuram and Plea top-scored for the Foals in 2019/20 with 10 goals apiece.
Dortmund: Bürki - Can, Hummels (c), Akanji - Meunier, Bellingham, Witsel, Hazard - Sancho, Reyna - Haaland
Out: Schmelzer (knee), Zagadou (knee)
Doubtful: Guerreiro (muscular), Morey (thigh), Schulz (calf)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Gladbach: Sommer - Lainer, Elvedi, Ginter, Bensebaini - Kramer, Neuhaus - Wolf, Stindl (c), Hofmann - Thuram
Out: Embolo (ankle), Lazaro (calf), Poulsen (shoulder), Zakaria (match fitness)
Doubtful: Benes (ankle)
Coach: Marco Rose