One of the most trying weeks in Borussia Dortmund's recent history ends with a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
On Tuesday evening, Dortmund's team bus was the target of a bomb explosion, the impact of which caused defender Marc Bartra to be hospitalised and BVB's UEFA Champions League game with Monaco to be postponed until Wednesday. Thomas Tuchel's side, still shaken from the events of the night before, lost their quarter-final first leg 3-2.
Midfielder Nuri Sahin admitted he "hardly thought about football until the moment he stepped on the pitch" on Wednesday, adding "I can't forget the players' faces [when the explosion happened]."
Yet raw though the experience may still be, Borussia's match with Eintracht will no doubt be another occasion when football fans come together in unity and solidarity, as was the case on Tuesday and Wednesday with BVB and Monaco supporters.
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Bender, Sokratis, Schmelzer - Weigl - Pulisic, Sahin, Kagawa, Reus - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Absentees: Barta (suspended, broken arm), Durm (thigh), Götze (abdominal), Schürrle (achilles)
Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky - Ordonez, Vallejo, Abraham - Chandler, Mascarell, Gacinovic, Oczipka - Fabian, Hrgota - Wolf
Coach: Niko Kovac
Absentees: Anderson (knee), Regäsel (hip), Hasebe (knee), Meier (heel), Medojevic (light training)
- Dortmund have already lost three times in 2017, which is as many in the 16 matches before Christmas.Frankfurt are without a win in nine games, which last happened over three years ago under Armin Veh.Borussia have 15 points fewer than Bayern away from home. In home games, it’s just three.Eintracht have just nine points in the Rückrunde. They managed 21 after the same number of games at the start of the season.BVB are unbeaten in 34 home games.Frankfurt have lost six of their last seven away games.Borussia have won their last five home games against the Eagles by 16-2.Eintracht have scored the fewest goals in the Rückrunde.Dortmund have won three, drawn two and lost three in their Bundesliga matches following Champions League outings this season.Sebastian Rode made his first 61 Bundesliga appearances for Frankfurt (two goals).