Newcastle United will be looking for revenge when they travel to Signal Iduna Park to take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Eddie Howe’s men were subjected to their first continental loss of the season against the German giants a fortnight ago, going down 1-0 at St James’ Park to drop below Edin Terzic’s men in the fascinating section.
A milestone will be hit for the German powerhouses this week, as they will become just the second Bundesliga side after Bayern Munich to play 150 games in the Champions League, but they were served a slice of humble pie by their Harry Kane-inspired superiors on Saturday’s latest edition of Der Klassiker.
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The only meeting between the clubs was that meeting in England last month when that goal on the stroke of half time by Felix Nmecha for BVB handed Dortmund all three points.
Dortmund’s Emre Can continues to struggle with a hip issue that he picked up towards the end of the first half against Newcastle two weeks ago, while Mateu Morey and Julian Duranville are continuing their recoveries from knee and thigh injuries respectively.
None of Marius Wolf, Donyell Malen or Salih Ozcan lasted an hour in Der Klassiker, and the latter two’s spots are certainly under threat from Karim Adeyemi and St James’ Park matchwinner Nmecha, while a recall for Ramy Bensebaini at left-back could also be in order.
For Newcastle, Jacob Murphy appeared to suffer a recurrence of his shoulder dislocation after coming off the bench against Arsenal, while Dan Burn tweaked his back during a heavy fall and was taken off at the break.
Matt Targett (hamstring), Alexander Isak (groin), Harvey Barnes (foot), Elliot Anderson (back), Sven Botman (knee) and Javi Manquillo (groin) are also in the care of the overworked Newcastle medical team, while the suspended Sandro Tonali will watch on from the stands once again.
Probable Line Up
Borussia Dortmund XI: Kobel; Wolf, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Bensebaini; Nmecha, Ozcan, Sabitzer; Reus, Fullkrug, Adeyemi
Newcastle United XI: Pope; Livramento, Schar, Lascelles, Trippier; Longstaff, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Wilson, Gordon
This is a game that has goal written all over it. Newcastle comes on the back of a morale-boosting win over Arsenal with Dortmund looking to bounce back from their derby defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.
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