bundesliga.com has all the pre-match rumblings ahead of what promises to be a high-octane encounter under the Friday night lights...
Where do you start if you're of a BVB persuasion? The 2013 UEFA Champions League finalists have become accustomed to success in recent seasons, but now find themselves bottom of the league and in desperate need of points. Hoffenheim, meanwhile, are eyeing a second straight victory to boost their European bid.
Coach Jürgen Klopp continues to contend with some notable absentees including Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, out with a fractured tibia, and Marco Reus (pictured) sidelined with ankle ligament damage. However, Mats Hummels returns after missing the last three matches with a foot injury.
Coach Markus Gisdol is only missing suspended striker Adam Szalai from his first-team squad, although the Hungarian would likely have only made the bench as Anthony Modeste (l.) has been preferred away from home this season. Sven Schipplock, who started Matchday 13's win over Hannover 96, is also an option to lead the line.
Shorn of Reus, Dortmund struggled badly for attacking inspiration last time out against Eintracht Frankfurt, and so the difference-maker for them this weekend is likely to be at the back in the form of the returning Hummels. The 25-year-old will be charged with marshalling a defence horribly short on confidence, as well as stopping...
...Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian, a scorer on only his second appearance for the national team recently, rediscovered his eye for goal in the league with a brace against 1. FC Köln on Matchday 11 and netted the opener in this fixture last season. Keep him quiet and Hoffenheim's attacking spear will be majorly blunted.
Hummels: A win has never been more important for us. This is a massive game.
Klopp: This isn't about delivering our best performance. It's about winning. It's high noon on Friday.
Gisdol: Dortmund and 18th place are two things that don't go together.
BVB thought they had turned a corner when they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 11 after five straight losses. Things have unravelled since then, though, with a draw in Paderborn and last week's calamitous loss in Frankfurt. Hoffenheim's win last weekend was their first in four games, meanwhile.
This fixture rarely fails to provide drama. Last season BVB won 3-2 at home and were held to a 2-2 draw in Sinsheim, but perhaps the teams' most memorable encounter came in May 2013, when Hoffenheim upset the odds to win 2-1 in Dortmund, a result which saw them move out of the bottom two on the final day of the season.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Durm - Gündogan, Kehl - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa, Großkreutz - Immobile
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Beck, Süle, Bicakcic, Kim - Schwegler, Polanski - Volland, Firmino, Elyounoussi - Modeste
Relive that remarkable final day great escape for Hoffenheim at Dortmund in 2013 below, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: