FC Schalke 04 got their late European charge back on track with a convincing 4-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the BayArena on Friday.
Dortmund defender Marc Bartra is in good spirits as he continues to recover from wrist surgery sustained earlier this month.
Cologne coach Peter Stöger believes Borussia Dortmund are the favourites for Saturday's Bundesliga clash.
Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara has put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at Bayern München until at least 2021.
Unbeaten in five Bundesliga meetings with Borussia Dortmund, Köln coach Peter Stöger insists BVB remain favourites when the two sides meet.
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