Dortmund look to extend lead

Borussia Dortmund go into Saturday’s Bundesliga game against RB Leipzig knowing that whatever happens they will remain at the top of the table.

Ahead of the match at the Signal Iduna Park the five-time Bundesliga champions have a five-point lead from Bayern Munich, with Leipzig in fourth place – a further point behind.

Last season RB Leipzig secured their first-ever Bundesliga victory against Dortmund, with Guinea international Naby Keita scoring the only goal of the match five minutes after coming on for this first Bundesliga game.

Dortmund turned things around in the reverse fixture earlier this year and will start the game on Saturday as favourites, even though many of their players will arrive back in Dortmund after strenuous international trips.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang captained Gabon in a 3-0 defeat against Morocco – a result that saw the Panthers eliminated from next years’ World Cup, while there was better news for teenager Christian Pulisic who starred in the US’ 4-0 victory against Panama that saw the Stars and Stripes put their World Cup hopes back in place.

Another Dortmund player to star on international duty was Jadon Sancho. The midfielder however will not be in Peter Bosz’ squad as he is involved in England’s U-17 World Cup campaign.

Bosz’ Leipzig counterpart Ralph Hasenhuettl is sweating over Timo Werner’s availability. The star striker, who had to withdraw from the Germany squad with an injury, missed a week of training.

“I am hoping that he will be an option for our match against Dortmund,” the Austrian said, adding that he thought Werner had needed a break. “We have data that shows that our players needed a break as we are involved in three competitions. Werner is the only player to have played all the time and he now has a problem. I do not think that is a coincidence.”

Saturday’s match is this weekend’s Bundesliga highlight and will be broadcast live throughout Africa at 18:30 on channel 245 (ST World Football).

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