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)

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Match Stats

  • 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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