Borussia Dortmund's U23s will visit the tradition-steeped Lohrheidestadion on Saturday (14:00 CET) for their final away match of the year against SG Wattenscheid 09. The two clubs, which are both based in the heart of the Ruhr, are located exactly 28.4 kilometres apart.
Recent form bodes well for the Black & Yellows, who have recorded three wins on the trot to propel themselves up to fourth in the Regionalliga West. Having moved back to within sight of the summit, they will be heading into their final two games of the calendar year aiming to pick up results that will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.
Jan Siewert's charges will be slight favourites against ninth-placed Wattenscheid, having also won the last meeting between the sides at the Rote Erde in August courtesy of goals from Michael Eberwein and Oliver Steurer. But Farat Toku's Wattenscheid have put together a good run of results in recent weeks too, cementing their position in mid-table following a series of three victories over Düsseldorf, Aachen und Erndtebrück and a draw with Oberhausen. One player returning to face his former employers will be Haymenn Bah-Traore. The right-back, who found himself on the scoresheet last weekend, was a Wattenscheid player until last summer.
The match will kick off at the Lohrheidestadion in Wattenscheid at 14:00 CET. The travelling fans will be housed in the Nordkurve in blocks G and H (standing places) and partly in blocks K and J (seated places in the East Stand). The Lohrheidestadion opens 90 minutes prior to kick-off on matchdays, as do the ticket offices at the stadium.