Bottom-dwelling team FC Ingolstadt 04 will try to earn their first win in the 2016-2017 Bundesliga season as they face struggling powerhouse Borussia Dortmund at the Audi Sportpark.
22 October 2016
Match Day 8
Kick-off: 21:30 HKT
Referee: F. Zwayer
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
FC Ingolstadt 2 0 0 2
Borussia Dortmund 2 2 0 0
Dortmund 2-0 Ingolstadt 30/01/16 (Bundesliga)
Dortmund goalscorer: P. Aubameyang 77 (77′, 86′)
Ingolstadt will hope to see an improved performance in the Bundesliga this weekend when they host Dortmund at the Audi-Sportpark.
Players to watch:
Lukas Hinterseer has been in good scoring form with three goals in recent weeks for the struggling side, and should prove Ingolstadt’s best route to goal.
Fan favourite Stefan Lex will, meanwhile, be looking to provide the impetus from the flanks. It was his goal against RB Leipzig that secured Die Schanzer’s place in the Bundesliga in 2015, and he was upbeat about his side’s chances ahead of the match.
“We need to be more clinical in forward positions but we are optimistic for Saturday, we want to try and get at least a point,” he said.
While Dortmund have a number of first-choice players sidelined, their wealth in depth means that they remain a side capable of hurting teams.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn’t know how to stop scoring and has netted nine times in 11 appearances in all competitions this season; a number of which were supplied by the talented Mario Götze, who will be pulling strings from midfield.
Team form and manager quotes:
Ingolstadt have endured a difficult start to their second season in the Bundesliga and after seven league matches have just one point, from a 1-1 draw with Hamburger SV in August.
They are currently bottom of the standings, having lost all of their other encounters.
Dortmund, conversely, come into this match in fifth place with 13 points, although by their standards, following a massive overhaul during the off-season, have suffered for consistency, and come into this game with two wins, two losses and a draw from their last matches.
They have not won in their last two Bundesliga ties – although they were victorious at Sporting in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Heading into this clash Ingolstadt manager Markus Kauczinski said: “There’s nothing to hide, we have shown that we can compete with the top sides. The players work hard – with good character and heart. We’ve had a tough, but really good, week so far.”
And Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel added that despite their lowly position, he expects a tough test against Ingolstadt.
He said: “Ingolstadt don’t play like a team that’s last in the league . They have the most turnovers in the opponent’s half. They played extraordinarily in Munich [a 3-1 defeat to Bayern in September]. They deserved to win that match.
“The games we watched they had very bad luck with the results. Their results don’t reflect their performances at all. So I expect a very intense match with a very brave opponent. It is a big exercise for us that we have to solve if we want to win there.”
Ingolstadt have a near fully fit squad to choose from with only Robert Leipertz sidelined with a muscle injury as Sonny Kittel prepares to make his debut for the club.
Dortmund though must do without Marco Reus (groin), André Schürrle (medial ligament strain), Sven Bender (ankle), Eric Durm (knee), Raphaël Guerreiro (muscle tear) , Neven Subotic (recovering from surgery) and Emre Mor as he sits out a two-match suspension.
Marc Bartra, Matthias Ginter, Felix Passlack, Sokratis Papastathopoulos should all be fit to start after picking up knocks in midweek.
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