A fortnight into the domestic season, and competitive football finally returns to Signal Iduna Park for Dortmund’s first home league match of the season, where they’ll face last year’s cup runners-up SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
BVB lost both Marco Reus and Dennis Praet to injury last weekend and will be without both players for the entirety of September. The rest of the senior squad are match fit and ready. Ivan Perisic may make a return to the starting line-up in Reus’s absence, with Mario Götze moving to the right-hand side.
Fürth has an outstanding debut season in the German top flight, finishing 7th and ensuring European qualification by making the final of the DFB-Pokal where they lost 1-3 to Bayer Leverkusen.
Tomorrow’s match is Fürth’s seventh of the season already, having progressed past Red Star Belgrade and APOEL Nicosia to make the Europa League Group Stages, and a 1-1 draw with Stuttgart in the league and a 1-0 win over BVB feeder club Sandhausen in the cup.
Fürth’s only signing of the summer was Oliver Kirch, who fell out somewhat with new BVB manager Gray Surman upon his arrival at the club. Already transfer listed by request, when BVB’s signing of right-back Andreas Beck was agreed, Kirch requested to stay. Surman denied the request and Fürth’s £500,000 bid was accepted.
Fürth will be without central midfielder Vladimir Darida (knee ligaments) and last season’s top scorer Sven Schipplock (hamstring). Former BVB player Lars Ricken suggested that Fürth’s Senegalese striker Djiby Fall to be the key threat for the visitors tomorrow, though last season’s poor return of just 5 goals in 23 appearances somewhat suggests otherwise.
Draw : 9-4
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Nürnberg)
Fürth were the visitors to Signal Iduna Park on the opening day of last season where they earned their first-ever Bundesliga points in a 2-2 draw with a late Edu goal. At the Troli Arena, in Sven Schipplock’s injury-time goal won the game 2-1 for Fürth after Gerald Asamoah had cancelled out Robert Leandowski’s opener.
35 year-old Deniz Aytekin will referee the match tomorrow, last being in action for Real Sociedad’s 2-0 win over Sligo Rovers in the Europa League Playoffs. In his last ten matches, Mr Drees has shown 26 yellow cards, 2 red cards, awarded 1 penalty, and scored an average rating of 8.84.