BVB are back in action tomorrow night, hosting a Fortuna Düsseldorf side that are enjoying their best start to a season in several years. Tomorrow’s visitors sit one place and one point above BVB after going three unbeaten following an opening day defeat at Werder Bremen.
Dortmund are likely to make a number of changes ahead of the game, but are unlikely to give starts to Marco Reus or Dennis Praet as both players are eased back into first-team action. In a pre-match press conference, First Team Manager Gray Surman hinted that Sven Bender may be one player set to have a rest with two “very winnable” league matches between now and next Tuesday’s visit of Arsenal in the Champions League.
Düsseldorfer Turn- und Sportverein Fortuna 1895 e.V. – more commonly known as Fortuna Düsseldorf – have yo-yo’d their way between the top two divisions in Germany since the 1980s, most recently being promoted to Bundesliga-1 in 2012 through the playoff.
Tipped for relegation this season, they started terribly with a 0-4 defeat at Werder Bremen. Their last three matches have turned fortunes around though, with two 1-0 wins at home to Frankfurt and Fürth sandwiching a commendable 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg.
All four of Düsseldorf’s goals in those three matches coming from the right foot of Nando Rafael. Talismanic central midfielder Andreas Lambertz is likely to make a return to the starting eleven after missing two matches with a thigh injury.
Referee: Deniz Ateykin (Nürnberg)
Last December, Kevin Großkreutz and Julian Schieber earned BVB a 2-1 home win after Andriy Voronin gave the visitors a lead two minutes before the break, Großkreutz equalising in first-half stoppage time. In Düsseldorf in April, the clubs shared the points with a 2-2 draw. Jakub Blaszczykowski and Marouane Chamakh scoring within 60 seconds of each other to draw level after the hosts were 2-0 up after an hour.
35 year-old referee Deniz Ateykin makes a return to Signal Iduna Park, having last officiated here for BVB’s 3-0 win over Fürth on 1st September. In his last ten matches, Mr Ateykin has issued 20 cautions, dismissed 3 players, awarded one penalty, and was rated at an average of 8.89