​Borussia Dortmund host an in-form Eintracht Frankfurt side on Friday night as they look to bounce back from the defeat at Bayer Leverkusen last Saturday.


In what was a contender for Bundesliga game of the season, BVB surrendered a 3-2 advantage in the second half, eventually losing 4-3 as Lars Bender nodded in the winner eight minutes from time. 

Erling Haaland

The stalemate between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig a day later, however, means that Dortmund are still just four points off top spot. 


Eintracht will be no walkover, mind. The Europa League outfit have started the Rückrunde superbly, boosted by the superb form of wide man Filip Kostic. Despite their recent resurgence, however, Die Adler remain seven points adrift of the European places. 


Where to Watch on TV


​When is Kick Off?​Friday 14 January
What Time is Kick Off?​19:30 (BST)
​Where is it Played?​Westfalenstadion
​TV Channel/Live Stream​BT Sport 3
​Referee​TBA


Team News


Marco Reus' injury means that Erling Haaland - who failed to score against Leverkusen, the fraud - will lead the line once more for the hosts. 

Julian Brandt

Midfielder Thomas Delaney also remains on the sidelines while Julian Brandt - who's established himself as a key member of the side in recent weeks - is also set for a spell out after tearing an ankle ligament against Leverkusen.


As for Frankfurt, Bas Dost could return to the squad after recovering from an illness which kept him out of the 5-0 victory over Augsburg last Friday. 


Midfielders Lucas Torro and Gelson Fernandes remain sidelined, while David Abraham is a doubt after being forced off in the first half of last week's win.


Predicted Lineups


​Dortmund​Burki; Akanji, Hummels, Zagadou, Guerreiro; Can, Witsel; Hakimi, Hazard, Sancho; Haaland.
​Frankfurt​Trapp; Toure, Hasebe, Hinteregger, N'Dicka; Chandler, Rode, Kohr, Kostic, Gacinovic; Silva.



Head to Head Record


Frankfurt have struggled in this fixture in recent years, winning just six of the last 30 meetings between these two sides - their last victory over BVB was in 2016.

Thorgan Hazard,Filip Kostic

In the reverse fixture back in September, the pair played out a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw. Axel Witsel and Jadon Sancho had given Dortmund the lead on two occasions but were pegged back twice, with Andre Silva and a late Delaney own goal forcing Favre's men to settle for a point.


Recent Form


Dortmund's blistering start to the Rückrunde meant they quickly established themselves as part of a four-horse race for the Bundesliga crown.


Defeat at Leverkusen put a dent in their title ambitions, however. Set-up in a 4-2-3-1, as opposed to the 3-4-3 we'd been accustomed to seeing in recent weeks, BVB were once again on fire going forward - with Jadon Sancho often isolated one-v-one against Jonathan Tah while Erling Haaland's intelligent movement stretched Die Werkself's backline. 

Jadon Sancho,Dan-Axel Zagadou,Mats Hummels

With their forwards firing, they scored three, but their inability to deal with set-pieces and Kai Havertz from receiving between the lines ultimately led to their demise, and they were on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller - losing 4-3. 


Similarly, Frankfurt have been in fantastic form since the start of the new year. They're unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga outings and progressed to the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal after a 3-1 win over Leipzig - whom they also beat in the league 2-0 just ten days prior. They'll now take on Werder Bremen - who knocked out BVB last week - for a place in the semi-finals.


Here's how these two have fared in their last five outings.


​DortmundFrankfurt​
​Leverkusen 4-3 Dortmund (08/02)​Frankfurt 5-0 Augsburg (07/02)
​Werder Bremen 3-2 Dortmund (04/02)​Frankfurt 3-1 Leipzig (04/02)
​Dortmund 5-0 Union Berlin (01/02)​Fortuna 1-1 Frankfurt (01/02)
​Dortmund 5-1 Koln (24/01)​Frankfurt 2-0 Leipzig (25/01)
​Augsburg 3-5 Dortmund (18/01)​Hoffenheim 1-2 Frankfurt (18/01)


Prediction


Despite Frankfurt's and, more specifically, Kostic's brilliant form, Dortmund's record at the Westfalenstadion stands them in good stead heading into this one. 

Borussia Dortmund v 1. FC Union Berlin - Bundesliga

BVB have been incredibly efficient at home this season - going unbeaten thus far - while Frankfurt possess one of the worst records on the road in the division, winning just two of their ten away games in the Bundesliga


Favre's side won't blow away Frankfurt like they did Koln and Union Berlin in their past two home games but nevertheless, you can expect to see the third-place side pull through with a much-needed victory.


Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt