Borussia Dortmund and Schalke face each other in a highly intense derby match-up on Saturday.
The two heavyweights from Germany are currently three points off each other in the league table.
Dortmund started the season off with a flyer with six wins off seven, but their recent form has been far from impressive.
Peter Bosz is under pressure all around to deliver for the Yellow Wall, but the manager should know there aren’t more margin for errors. Luckily, the former Vitesse boss received some backing from the board with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke reiterating his belief on the Dutch.
He told German tabloid, Bild (h/t ESPN): “I still think it’s an exciting project with Peter Bosz. The good start to the season has shown that it can work out. And with three points in the derby, the black and yellow world will look completely different with just one stroke.”
They will look to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat in the league after losing 2-1 against Stuttgart last weekend.
Meanwhile, it’s quite the opposite for the visitors who have shrugged off their shaky start to build some momentum in the recent games.
The Royal Blues are unbeaten in the last five league games conceding just once.
Ruhr Derby has witnessed some of the best football in Europe with even contests throughout the history. However, it must the first time when both the sides look up to their American stars to put up a show for their supporters.
Childhood friends Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie look to outdo each other for the first time, both of who met each other at the age of 13 when playing for US National Youth teams.
There is good news on the table for Dortmund boss Peter Bosz who welcomes back Pulisic after missing him against Stuttgart and Tottenham in the Champions League.
Goalkeeper Roman Burki is also expected to shrug off his hand injury which made him leave the pitch at the end of the game against Spurs.
Meanwhile, Leon Goretzka returned to normal training for Schalke and could play a part while Franco Di Santo is doubt.
More long-term, Nabil Bentaleb and Pablo Insua will continue to miss out on injuries.
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