Football returns to Signal Iduna Park after Dortmund’s trio of fixtures on the road in three different competitions, providing two wins and a draw for the BVB faithful, extending the unbeaten run to eighteen matches. Eintracht Frankfurt are the visitors tomorrow as Dortmund look to keep up their 100% league record at home under Gray Surman.
There are no injury worries for the squad, but it’s likely that Surman may continue to rotate ahead of the midweek cup tie at Erzgebirge Aue where the strongest-possible side will look to go into the winter break by sealing their berth in the last eight.
Ahead of the match, Surman delegated press conference duties to Assistant Manager Zeljko Buvac who stated that he firmly believed Dortmund could go on and reclaim the Bundesliga title that they won in 2011 and 2012.
Eintracht Frankfurt are enjoying their second season back in the top flight after relegation in 2012. They finished 14th last season, ensuring survival with three weeks to spare. Six months on, and they occupy the same league position after just four wins in sixteen matches.
While their home form (W4 D2 L2) is passable, they’ve three draws and five defeats in their eight away matches so far this season, and were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal at home by second-tier Augsburg on penalties.
Frankfurt have no injuries or suspensions for the 110-mile trip to Dortmund, and top-scorer Andriy Voronin is in fine form, having scored four goals in his last four games. The £450,000 capture of the former-Ukrainian international from Dinamo Moscow looks like being one of the summer’s better budget signings.
Referee: Marco Fritz
Last season, Dortmund won this fixture 3-0 with goals from Marco Reus, Julian Schieber and Marouane Chamakh. Though Frankfurt won their home match 1-0 with a 50th minute strike from Alexander Meier.
The referee is Marco Fritz from Stuttgart who took charge of the 4-1 win over Bayern Munich the last time that Dortmund played at home. Mr Fritz has taken charge of eight Bundesliga matches this season, issuing 18 yellow cards and sending off one player.