Preview: Dortmund v Ingolstadt

Borussia Dortmund will aim to get back to winning ways when they host FC Ingolstadt 04 in the Bundesliga on Friday night.

Bundesliga

Date: 17 March 2017

Match Day 25

Kick-off: 21H30 (GMT 2)

Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park 

Head-to-head summary: 

TEAM             MATCHES  WIN   DRAW   LOSS

Dortmund             3             2         1          0    
Ingolstadt             3             0         1          2  

Previous encounter: 

Ingolstadt 3-3 Dortmund 22/10/16 (Bundesliga)

Ingolstadt goalscorers: A. Cohen (6'), D. Lezcano (24', 60')

Dortmund goalscorers: P. Aubameyang (59'), A. Ramos (69'), C. Pulisic (90' 1)

Players to watch: 

With a number of their top attackers on the sidelines, Dortmund will be looking to the likes of 18-year-old Christian Pulisic, and former Wolfsburg winger Andre Schurrle to lead from the front. The pair have scored 10 goals between them this season, and have contributed with 13 assists.

Ingolstadt striker Dario Lezcano has scored four goals this season and added three assists. The 26-year-old also netted a brace against Dortmund in their last encounter; an experience he will no doubt draw upon for inspiration this time around.

Team form and manager quotes: 

The BVB lost their last league encounter 2-1 at Hertha BSC on Saturday, but recovered in the DFB-Pokal with a 3-0 win over SF Lotte on Tuesday. Dortmund have only lost once in their last six games in all competitions, winning five. Each of the wins have been by a margin of at least three goals.

"It'll be a tough game. Ingolstadt haven't had a lot of good results, but they have played well. They defend very resolutely," Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel told the press, according to Goal. 

"It was very aggravating for us to not win the reverse fixture in Ingolstadt, as they were going through tough times. Ingolstadt will be very courageous with our personnel problems in mind, so we'll have to develop a special focus."

Meanwhile, Ingolstadt will be hoping to find some form after a torrid run in the league. They have only managed one victory in their last six games, losing four, and most recently drawing 2-2 with Cologne on Saturday.

"We need an ideal day in the performance and the implementation of the match plan, which is clear to everyone," said Ingolstadt manager Maik Walpurgis, according to Kicker.

Team news: 

Dortmund have a few injury problems heading into the game. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang faces a late fitness test on an adductor injury, while Shinji Kagawa and Julian Weigl are still doubts. These absentees join Ousmane Dembele, Mario Gotze, and Marco Reus on the sidelines.

Ingolstadt have a virtually full-strength squad from which to choose their lineup, with striker Moritz Hartmann their only unavailable player due to injury.

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