It took a little while for Marco Rose to settle on a preferred formation at Borussia Dortmund, but the head coach now appears to have found it. The Black and Yellows have predominantly played with a 4-2-3-1 system in their last eight matches in all competitions, unlike the reverse fixture against Eintracht when they went with 4-3-3.
Oliver Glasner will again be without Christopher Lenz and Jens Petter Hauge, who are both nursing muscular injuries. Aymen Barkok is away with the Morocco national team preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations, while Jesper Lindström and Danny da Costa are out due to COVID-19.
For the visitors, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Marius Wolf, Mateu Morey, Giovanni Reyna and Manuel Akanji are all ruled out, but Youssoufa Moukoko could return to the squad.
One to watch: Julian Brandt
BVB have been able to rely on Julian Brandt in attack this season. The midfielder’s strike in the final match of last year against Hertha BSC made it six goal involvements in his last five appearances. The 25-year-old has scored three himself and set up another three.
Eintracht are unbeaten in their last six opening matches of the second half of the Bundesliga season.
The Eagles have won their last three league games on home turf.
Eintracht have not lost in seven Bundesliga home matches against Dortmund. After three wins, the points have been shared in the last four meetings between the two sides at Deutsche Bank Park.
The two traditional clubs have faced off 104 times in all competitions. BVB have come out on top on 50 occasions, the Hessians 30 times and 20 encounters have ended level.