Borussia Dortmund vs FC Cologne – Preview
Borussia Dortmund will be looking to give their 81,000 fans inside the SIGNAL IDUNA Park a fitting send-off at the end of a fine season when they host 1. FC Köln this Saturday (kick-off 15:30CEST/13:30GMT), before turning their attention to the final of the DFB Cup in Berlin on 21 May.
With 77 points, Dortmund will be the best ever runners-up in Bundesliga history no matter what the outcome on the final day of the season, while a win would take them to just one point short of their best ever haul in a Bundesliga season.
The league’s top-scorers are up against a Köln side who wrapped up their place in the top flight with weeks to spare and can now afford to enjoy the occasion in one of world football’s greatest footballing temples.
With 80 goals, Borussia Dortmund are the top-scoring runners up of all time.
BVB’s haul of 77 points is already the second-best in the club’s history. The record of 81 points in the 2011/12 campaign can no longer be matched following Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Dortmund’s 77 points would have been enough to secure the title in 45 of the 53 Bundesliga seasons to date.
Köln are in ninth. The Billy Goats have not finished inside the top ten since the 1991/92 season, when they finished third.
Köln have lost only four of their 16 games away from home.
Dortmund are the only team with an undefeated home record.
BVB have only gone a whole season undefeated at home twice before: in the 1991/92 and 2008/09 campaigns.
With over 80,000, Dortmund has the highest average attendance in Europe for the 18th season in a row. Indeed, this season Dortmund have averaged over 81,000 for the first time.
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels – Castro, Weigl – Durm, Kagawa, Reus, Schmelzer – Aubameyang
Absentees: Subotic (arm), Gündogan (knee), Park (stress fracture), Pulisic, Passlack (both Under-19s)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Köln: Horn – Maroh, Mavraj, Heintz – Risse, M. Lehmann, Vogt, Mladenovic – Osako, Bittencourt – Modeste
Absentees: Sörensen (suspended)
Coach: Peter Stöger