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U23s to host table neighbours Ingolstadt

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Another former Bundesliga club, FC Ingolstadt, will pay a visit to the Rote Erde at 14:00 CEST on Saturday. Ingolstadt and the BVB reserves are level on points in places 10 and 11 in the table respectively and are only separated by goal difference. BVB will now be looking to get back to winning ways following five successive defeats.

The scenario: The Borussia youngsters produced one of their best displays of the season in Sandhausen last week. Even if they did again fall behind in Sandhausen after having had the opportunity to open the scoring themselves. But the team not only showed spirit, but also played some impressively good football. By the end, BVB had registered more possession, more shots and more "expected goals" in Sandhausen – but came away without any points (final score: 3-2).

Ingolstadt qualified for the final of the Bavarian Landespokal two days ago thanks to a 4-1 victory away to Regionalliga outfit FV Illertissen and can book their participation in the DFB-Pokal if they beat Würzburger Kickers in the final. FCI will therefore travel to Dortmund with the wind in their sails – but also slightly less recovery time than BVB.

Stats and facts on the opposition: Coach Michael Köllner's team have picked up only 14 points in the second half-season and are thus only 14th in the second half-season table. The Red & Blacks, who had started the season with big ambitions, were fourth in the table at the end of the first half-season but have fallen away in a mediocre second half of the campaign and are probably no longer in the running for promotion. The only one of the last eight league games that Ingolstadt have won was the away match in Unterhaching. With 54 goals by 13 different scorers, the "Schanzers" are one of the best attacking teams in the division, with only Preußen Münster having scored a goal more. The BVB defence will have to pay special attention to veteran forward Pascal Testroet. The 33-year-old from Bocholt has scored in each of his last four games against the BVB U23s – three times for FC Ingolstadt.

In David Kopacz, another former BVB youth player will be returning to Dortmund. The 24-year-old midfielder from Iserlohn has notched six goals this season and claimed a further seven assists. He wore the Black & Yellow jersey for 11 years before departing the club after U19 level to join VfB Stuttgart. Yannick Deichmann also played for the Black & Yellows in the final year of his youth career before making several transfers and ultimately landing at FCI.

Head-to-head record: Ingolstadt are not welcome foes in Dortmund; in their last two home meetings, BVB have not scored a single goal and have conceded five times in total, with the visitors winning on both occasions. Overall the head-to-head record is even, as BVB have claimed two victories in Ingolstadt. The most recent match last November ended in a 1-1 draw. BVB's goal was scored by Michael Eberwein.

BVB personnel: After many weeks of personnel shortages, coach Jan Zimmermann will have a big squad at his disposal once again this week. But in Lion Semic, he will be missing one of his regular starters in the second half of the season. Also unavailable are long-term injury absentees Felix Irorere and Tiago Estevao, while Abdoulaye Kamara is still absent too.

The ticket offices will open at the usual time of 12:30 CEST; tickets are also still available via the Online Ticket Shop.