Borussia Dortmund will have to be at their best if they are to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit in Thursday's Europa League last-16 second leg clash against Salzburg in Austria.
Date: 15 March 2018
Kick-off: 20:05 local time
Venue: Red Bull Arena
Referee: B. Bastien
Assistants: H. Zakrani, F. Haquette
Fourth official: J. Pacelli
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Salzburg 1 1 0 0
Dortmund 1 0 0 1
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) 14 March 2018
Dortmund 1-2 Salzburg (8 March 2018) Europa League
Dortmund goalscorer: A. Schurrle (62')
Salzburg scorer: Valon Berisha (49') (56')
Players to watch:
Moanes Dabour is Salzburg's primary goal threat with an impressive 22 goals and four assists in all competitions in 2017/18 for Die Roten Bullen. The Israel international forward could be starting to catch the eye of some bigger European clubs, and will no doubt want to shine on Thursday. However, Valon Berisha could also be one to watch as his brace secured the first leg victory in Germany.
Michy Batshuayi was the hero for Dortmund in their 3-2 win over fellow Bundesliga Champions League aspirants Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend. The powerful forward came off the bench to score a brace as BVB got back to winning ways following the defeat to Salzburg. Marco Reus is also a man in form and he could be one to watch on Thursday as well.
Team form and manager quotes:
Salzburg are in imperious form in Austria's top-flight having last lost in the league in August. Accordingly, Marco Rose's charges enjoy a seven point advantage in the division and are heading towards a fifth consecutive title victory.
Having also picked up some notable scalps in the Europa League including BVB in the first leg, Rose is nonetheless taking nothing for granted.
He told reporters: "It's only half-time. The goal is to make it to the next round, not to win once in your life in Dortmund."
Meanwhile, Dortmund are third in Germany's Bundesliga and are fresh off a 3-2 win over Frankfurt last weekend. However, the side have drawn three, one once and drawn one in their last five games in all competitions.
As such, boss Peter Stoger is demanding better after being disappointed by the nature of the loss in the first leg. He said: "I didn't like a lot about this match.
"But, between some good stages, our performance wasn't very dedicated. I'm not happy with it. We lost deservedly. That just was not okay."
— FC Red Bull Salzburg (@RedBullSalzburg) March 14, 2018
For the hosts, there are no notable injury concerns with the outfit from Wals-Siezenheim boasting virtually a clean bill of health for the encounter.
Meanwhile, Batshuayi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are both expected to return to the Dortmund starting line-up after starting on the bench against Frankfurt.
Shinji Kagawa and Andrey Yarmolenko are out with injury while Christian Pulisic, Reus, Andre Schurrle and Maximilian Philipp are all in contention for a place in the wide positions.