Only once has a game between Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt ended in a no-score draw. This classic encounter all but guarantees goals with an average of 3.2 goals per game. We have compiled everything you need to know about the match on Friday (kick-off 20:30 CET) in one place.
How things stand: Borussia Dortmund have won their last seven home matches against Eintracht Frankfurt and have scored in each of their last 21 encounters against the Hessians on Strobelallee. While BVB are as yet unbeaten this season in competitive matches (two wins, one draw), SGE have departed the field of play as the loser in three of their four fixtures. In the Bundesliga, they have won one (in Freiburg) and lost one (having gone a man down against Bremen).
Home and away: The Black and Yellows have won five of their last six Bundesliga matches in their own stadium – the 1-2 loss against Mainz on matchday 33 last season is the only defeat in their previous eleven home games in the Bundesliga (seven wins, three draws). Frankfurt lost all of their last seven away games in the 2017/18, but then got a 2-0 win in Freiburg in the opening match of the 2018/19 season.
Personnel: BVB will have to make do without Guerreiro and Toprak, and probably without Pulisic. The Hessians will be missing Chandler, Salcedo, Tawatha, Willems, Paciencia and possibly Rebic too.
Head-to-head: The Black and Yellows have never won more games against a single team than they have against Eintracht (43 times), have the best goal difference against the Hessians (+47), and have kept the most clean sheets against them (25). BVB have taken a 1-0 lead in 29 home matches against Frankfurt. They went on to win on 27 occasions, while they drew once and lost once. Frankfurt have seen seven men ordered off the pitch in this fixture, while only one Borussia man has seen red. Against no other club have there been more home wins (32). The last seven home matches against the Hessians were won with a goal difference of 22-5.
Statistics: Borussia Dortmund haven't lost a matchday 3 fixture in their last 17 campaigns. There have been 13 wins and four draws. The last defeat in round three came in 2000/01 when they lost 2-3 against 1860 Munich.
Greatest home win: The Black and Yellows have won 6-0 twice. On 26 November 1988, 22,507 spectators lauded hat-trick getter Günter Breitzke. Michael Zorc, Norbert Dickel and Frank Pagelsdorf also netted. Seven and a half years later on 23 March 1996, Karlheinz Riedle got a brace in front of 42,400 onlookers (sold-out), while Michael Zorc, Steffen Freund, Jörg Heinrich and Stéphane Chapuisat also got their names on the scoresheet before the 65' minute was up.
Referee: Benjamin Cortus (36) from Röthenbach an der Pegnitz will officiate his second Bundesliga match in which BVB are participating, his 21st in total. The IT dealer referees for TSV Burgfarnbach in the Bavarian State Association and has belonged to the circle of first division referees since 2016.
Spectators: The home areas are completely sold-out. Notification will be given in the course of the day should away tickets become available.
Compiled by Boris Rupert