Date: Saturday 10th December Venue: RheinEnergieStadion Competition: Bundesliga KO: 14.30
FC Koln goalkeeper Timo Horn is unavailable along with Leandro Bittencourt, Marcel Risse and Dominic Maroh.
Anthony Modeste missed training in midweek but should be ok to start.
Borussia Dortmund could welcome back Mario Gotze.
Marco Reus will again start with Emre Mor, Gotze and Andre Schurrle fighting for places behind Pierre-Emerik Aubameyang.
This game puts the Bundesliga’s two top goal scorers against each other. Koln’s Modest is three goals behind Dortmund’s Aubameyang who has 15 to his name. Plenty of goal mouth action is expected whenever these two sides meet.
Koln will hope that Dortmund’s exploits at Real Madrid in the Champions League have taken their toll on them. However Thomas Tuchel has enough quality in his squad to overcome Koln, but with the inconsistent nature of their season so far Peter Stoger’s men will fancy their chances especially at home.
A win for Koln would take them above Dortmund whereas the Black and Yellows could go third if other results go their way.
Dortmund’s three defeats this season have all come away from home.
Koln are unbeaten at home winning four and drawing two of their games at the RheinEnergieStadion.
They have also won their last three home games against Dortmund.
Koln: Kessler; Sorensen, Mavraj, Heintz, Rausch; Hartel, Hoger, Hector; Zoller, Modeste, Osako
Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Bartra, Ginter, Passlack; Weigl, Rode; Dembele, Gotze, Reus; Aubameyang
Prediction: Koln 1-2 Dortmund