Skien - Unbeaten and yet to concede a competitive goal under Thomas Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund head north to take on Norwegian outfit Odd BK in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off tie on Thursday (kick-off 20:30 CEST/ 18:30 GMT).
Die Schwarz-Gelben followed up their 6-0 aggregate win over Austria’s Wolfsberger AC in the previous round with another rampant display at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach on the opening weekend of the new Bundesliga season, and arrive in Norway as odds-on favourites to join Bundesliga room-mates FC Augsburg and FC Schallke 04 in the group stages of the competition.
- Dortmund haven’t conceded in 412 minutes of competitive football, dating back to last May’s 3-1 DFB Cup final defeat to VfL Wolfsburg.
- BVB playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored six goals and registered three assists in his last four outings in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Europa League.
- Dortmund’s record against Norwegian opposition in Europe reads W2, D1, L1.
- Odd, who reached the first round of the now defunct UEFA Cup in 2004/05, have lost only one of their last six at home.
- Odd players Tommy Svindal Larsen (1. FC Nürnberg) and Olivier Occean (SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Kaiserslautern) used to play in Germany.