​Borussia Dortmund will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Bundesliga as Lucien Favre continues to hang by a thread at Signal Iduna Park.


Last week's victory over a rejuvenated Hertha Berlin side was crucial for Favre, with defeat in that one all but spelling the end for the Swiss coach at BVB. But instead, his side showed character and resilience in the second period to hold onto a 2-1 lead after Mats Hummels had been sent off at the end of the first half. 

Lucien Favre

That result meant that Favre survived merely another week, and dropped points on Saturday could be the final straw ahead of their must-win Champions League clash with Slavia Praha on Tuesday night.


Fortunately, Fortuna Dusseldorf aren't exactly setting Germany alight at the moment. Through 13 games, Fortuna sit 15th in the table and just four points clear of the automatic drop zone. Coming into this one, Dortmund are fifth in the Bundesliga and are within touching distance of Borussia Monchengladbach at the summit - five points, that's all that separates Marco Rose's high-flyers and a team in 'crisis'.


Nevertheless, here's 90min's preview of this German clash.


Where to Watch


​When Is Kick Off?Saturday 7 December​
What Time Is Kick Off?​14:30 (BST)
​Where Is it Played?​Signal Iduna Park
​TV Channel/Live Stream​N/A
​Referee​Daniel Siebert

Team News


Hummels will serve the first game of his suspension on Saturday after seeing red in Berlin last weekend. 

Sven Jablonski,Mats Hummels

Favre will also be without Thomas Delaney, who will be on the sidelines for the long-haul after tearing ankle ligaments. Left-back Marcel Schmelzer is also out.


The visitors have a rather lengthy injury list coming into Saturday's fixture: Kaan Ayhan (suspended), Kenan Karaman (pneumonia), Thomas Pledl (knee), Kevin Stöger (cruciate ligament), Markus Suttner (thigh) and Marcel Sobottka (broken nose) are all out.


Meanwhile, Michael Rensing remains a doubt due to an illness.


Predicted Lineups


​Dortmund​Bürki; Piszczek, Akanji, Zagadou, Hakimi; Witsel, Weigl; Sancho, Reus (c), Hazard; Alcacer.
​Fortuna​Steffen; Zimmermann, Hoffmann, Adams, Gießelmann; Bodzek, Morales; Zimmer, Fink, Kownackil; Hennings.

Head to Head Record


Dortmund have lost only two of their 15 meetings with Fortuna. One of those defeats came in December 2018; Dusseldorf emerging 2-1 winners that day. 

Kevin Stoeger,Mario Goetze

BVB are unbeaten in eight home games against Fortuna - six wins and two draws in that time - and have never failed to score against them at home. That means there has never been a goalless draw between the pair at Signal Iduna Park. 


Historically, Fortuna have more Bundesliga away wins against BVB (six) than any other club. That said, the last of them came almost 34 years ago.


Recent Form


Before their gritty display in Berlin last weekend, Dortmund had endured a poor run of form that heaped the pressure on Favre.


BVB were brushed aside by Bayern in 'Der Klassiker', losing 4-0 at the Allianz Arena before the November international break. They followed that result up by scraping a 3-3 draw at home to rock-bottom Paderborn after initially being 3-0 down. 


Their dismal display - Jadon Sancho aside - in Barcelona the following Wednesday could've been Favre's last game in charge, but he remained at the helm for last weekend's win.

Thorgan Hazard,Jadon Sancho

It's not all doom and gloom for Dortmund however, they're only five points off the top in the Bundesliga and have a good chance of progressing to the Champions League knockout stages - providing Barcelona can get a result at Inter and they get all three points against Slavia. 


Their opponents, meanwhile, are heading into this one off the back of an impressive display in Hoffenheim last Saturday - a late Rouwen Hennings strike pegging back Andrej Kramaric's early effort. 


That result, however, was just their second point on the road this season and prior to that, they were resoundingly beaten 4-0 by a rampant Bayern side on their own turf.


Here's how the two have got on in their last five outings.


Dortmund​​Fortuna
​Hertha 1-2 Dortmund (30/11)​Hoffenheim 1-1 Fortuna (30/11)
​Barcelona 3-1 Dortmund (27/11)Fortuna 0-4 Bayern (23/11)
​Dortmund 3-3 Paderborn (23/11)​Schalke 3-3 Fortuna (09/11)
​Bayern 4-0 Dortmund (09/11)​Fortuna 2-0 FC Koln (03/11)
Dortmund 3-2 Inter (05/11)Fortuna 2-1 Erzgebirge (30/10)


Prediction


History will tell you that there's going to be goals in this one, with no 0-0 draws occurring in this fixture at Signal Iduna Park...ever.

Paco Alcacer coming back into the fold is a huge plus for BVB as it gives them a focal point, rather than having to rely on Marco Reus, Julian Brandt or Mario Gotze to play as the false nine. 

Jadon Sancho also built on his fine substitute display at the Camp Nou by scoring the first in the 2-1 win at Hertha. He looks to be playing with real confidence despite the alleged rift with his manager, so expect him to play a role in this one. 

BVB should get the win, but with Hummels out, Fortuna should ask some questions of Roman Burki between the Dortmund sticks.

Prediction: Dortmund 3-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf