Marco Reus will be looking to extend his hot scoring run on Matchday 31 against Cologne. - © © gettyimages / Lars Baron
Marco Reus will be looking to extend his hot scoring run on Matchday 31 against Cologne. - © © gettyimages / Lars Baron

Borussia Dortmund vs. Cologne: confirmed line-ups and statistics

Faltering Cologne require a positive result from their testing trip to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday to give their ambitions of joining their Matchday 31 hosts in European competition next season (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT).

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Dortmund could keep a similar side that beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the semi-final of the DFB Cup on Wednesday. Matthias Ginter could come into defence for Sven Bender, whilst Felix Passlack could also get a start.

Cologne are forced into a change with Konstantin Rausch missing with a muscle injury. On-loan Dortmund defender Neven Subotic could also face his parent club from the start on Saturday.

Confirmed teams

Dortmund: Bürki - Durm, Ginter, Sokratis, Schmelzer (c) - Castro, Weigl - Reus, Kagawa, Pulisic - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Absentees: Bartra (broken arm), Durm (thigh), Götze (metabolic), Schürrle (Achilles), Sahin (ankle)

Cologne: Horn - Klünter, Sörensen, Subotic, Heintz - Jojic, Lehmann (c), Hector - Rudnevs, Modeste, Bittencourt
Coach: Peter Stöger
Absentees: Risse (rehab after cruciate ligament tear), Zoller (muscle), Rausch (muscle)

Match Stats

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    Dortmund have already secured a place in the top six and with it a guarantee of European football next season.With only two wins from their last 11 games, Cologne's continental ambitions are in the balance.The Billy Goats have drawn 37 games since returning to the top flight in 2014, the most of any Bundesliga club by some distance.Dortmund have not been beaten at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK in over two years and 35 home matches.Cologne have picked up just a point from their last five away games. Peter Stöger has never lost against BVB as a coach, recording two wins and three draws so far.Milos Jojic and Leonardo Bittencourt both played for Dortmund before joining Cologne, while the visitors' centre-back Neven Subotic is on loan from BVB.

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