Borussia Dortmund will be hoping for a repeat of their last visit to Magdeburg in the DFB Cup when they head to the third-division side this Tuesday (kick-off: 20:45CEST/18:45GMT).

Having beaten Augsburg to reach this stage, Magdeburg may have had this cup tie on their minds already at the weekend when they fell to a surprise 3-0 defeat to Unterhaching – their first loss at home this season. They remain second in the league, though, four points behind leaders Paderborn. Coach Jens Härtel rotated his team somewhat, though, and is expected to name his first-choice selection for his club’s match of the season.

Dortmund need something of a boost, after seeing their winning start to the season come to an end on Matchday 8, then following that with draws at APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions League and at Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend. Fortunately, coach Peter Bosz can welcome Sokratis Papastathopoulos back from suspension, while summer signing Andrey Yarmolenko could make a return after being rested at the weekend. Magdeburg-native Marcel Schmelzer is set to make his comeback from injury too with Marc Bartra given a break. Fresh from signing a new contract last week, Roman Bürki is set to remain in goal despite the chance to give veteran Roman Weidenfeller a game. The big news, however, is that leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang misses out with a muscle strain.

Watch: Roman Bürki’s top five saves

Magdeburg: Glinker – Handke, Rother, Türpitz, Hammann – Beck, Erdmann, Schäfer – Schwede, Butzen, Weil
Absentees: Schiller (not match fit), Laprevotte (metatarsal), Schwede (shoulder)
Coach: Jens Härtel

Dortmund: Bürki – Schmelzer, Sokratis, Subotic, Toljan – Weigl, Götze, Kagawa – Philipp, Aubameyang, Yarmolenko
Absentees: Aubameyang (muscular), Durm (hip), Piszczek (knee), Toprak (pulled muscle), Reus (ligament damage), Rode (rehabilitation)
Coach: Peter Bosz

Tweet: Bosz: “I expect a very intense game – Magdeburg are a team who play with a lot of energy.”

  • These two sides met for the first and so far only time in the first round of the 2007/08 DFB Cup with Dortmund running out 4-1 winners.
  • Borussia are fourth on the all-time Cup winners’ list, with four titles, including last season’s.
  • Magdeburg have never won the DFB Cup, but they have triumphed in the East Germany Cup seven times.
  • Both sides have won the UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup, with Magdeburg triumphing in 1974 and Dortmund winning in 1966.
  • Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer was born in Magdeburg and represented the club’s youth teams. He missed the last meeting through injury.

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