FC Koln and Borussia Dortmund will open the Matchday 2 of the new Bundesliga campaign tonight at 20:30 (CET).
Borussia Dortmund travel to Koln (Cologne) for their first away game of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season.
The Black and Yellows started the new campaign with an extraordinary performance against Augsburg last weekend, thumping the Bavarians 5-1 at the Signal Iduna Park.
An electric atmosphere will be awaiting them at the Rhein Energie Stadium, as FC Koln is known for its loud ultras.
The Goats will be looking to win their first points of the season, after losing 2-1 at Wolfsburg in the opener last Saturday.
Cristian Clemens is the only player out through injury at FC Koln, while Louis Schaub and Noah Katterbach returned to training earlier in the week.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 22, 2019
Dortmund will miss Mateu Morey with a dislocated shoulder, as Raphael Guerreiro has returned from a hamstring injury
Julian Brandt could make his full debut for the club, after coming off the bench to score against Augsburg in the opener.
What did the managers say
FC Koln head coach Alexander Wehrle says he wants to see his players enjoy the encounter against Borussia Dortmund.
“If you’re in the stadium as an FC Koln fan on Friday, you think it’s going to be a tough game against Dortmund, but I want to see all players refuse to go out as losers,” he said at a press conference.
“We need a lot of courage, but we are not that bad. We want to have fun during the meeting against Borussia Dortmund – these are the opponents we all want.
“We want everyone to see on Friday: This team is tearing itself and has throw everything in. We want to have fun, but also get something out of the game.”
— 1. FC Köln (@fckoeln) August 22, 2019
Lucien Favre is expecting a tough game for the Balck and Yellows.
“Of course it will be a tough game. We watched several of Koln’s games. They are further ahead in their development at this point of the season than Augsburg are.” said Favre to the press.
“They have laid a solid foundation, which the game against Wolfsburg also proved. The difference [between Augsburg and Koln] is that both played friendlies against Bologna.
“Augsburg lost 3-1, Koln won 3-1. They have quality in their team, they press well and hard. It’s intense.”
FC Koln and Borussia Dortmund have met 87 times in history, with the Black and Yellows leading in the head-to-head record with 36 wins compared to Koln’s 28. (23 games have finished without a winner).
However, Dortmund won both of their encounters in the 2017-18 season, 5-0 at home and 3-2 at the Rhein Energie Stadium thanks to Andre Schurrle’s late winner.
Koln’s latest win against Dortmund came in 2015, when Simon Zoller and Anthony Modeste scored in the last 10 minutes to complete a 2-1 comeback against the Black and Yellows.
Seven of the 14 players the Goats used in their opening day 2-1 loss at Wolfsburg were making their Bundesliga debuts, as well as coach Achim Beierlorzer.
Mats Hummels’ only brace in the Bundesliga came against Koln back in January 2010, as Dortmund won the game 3-2 at the Rhein Energie Stadium.
The Goats won the 2. Bundesliga last season, but surprisingly they collected more points on the road – 33, compared to the 30 points they recorded at their home ground.