Official Fantasy Bundesliga Managers take note: bundesliga.com is on hand to provide likely line-ups as well as injury and suspension news ahead of Matchday 9.
Borussia Dortmund have received a boost ahead of the Revierderby with a number of first-team players returning following their dramatic 3-3 draw at FC Ingolstadt and their shootout win over Union Berlin in the DFB Cup. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is expected to partner Marc Bartra at the heart of the defence with Felix Passlack taking over at left-back. Roman Bürki should return in place of DFB Cup shootout hero Roman Weidenfeller. USMNT international Christian Pulisic is likely to start on the back of his impressive display against Ingolstadt. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return after a break during the week. Emre Mor serves the second match of his suspension.
FC Schalke 04 coach Markus Weinzierl will likely look to rotate his squad again during this busy period. Four changes are expected from the side that beat 1. FSV Mainz 3-0 on matchday 8: Abdul Rahman Baba, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar should return to the side for this derby. Just three changes are likely from the Royal Blues’ line-up that beat 1. FC Nürnberg in the DFB Cup on Wednesday, but Schalke did finished that tie in 90 minutes.
Dortmund possible line-up: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Passlack – Weigl – Castro, Götze – Pulisic, Dembele – Aubameyang
Absentees: Mor (suspended), Reus (recovery training), Schürrle (medial ligament strain), Bender (ankle), Durm (knee), Guerreiro (doubtful after muscle tear), Subotic (recovering from surgery), Schmelzer (doubtful after muscle tear)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Schalke possible line-up: Fährmann – Höwedes, Naldo, Nastasic, Baba – Geis, Bentaleb – Konoplyanka, Goretzka, Choupo-Moting – Huntelaar
Absentees: Coke (cruciate ligament), Embolo (ankle and leg fracture)
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
Dortmund host Schalke at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK with the game kicking off at 18:30CEST/16:30GMT on 29 October.