BERLIN, Germany, Oct 27 – Borussia Dortmund host local rivals FC Schalke 04 in the 89th edition of the fiercely contested Revierderby in the Bundasliga.
The derby is the fiercest in the Bundesliga and stakes are high in the fight for bragging rights in Germany’s Ruhr region where Schalke lead the overall series with 57 wins, 38 draws and 48 losses.
‘Schalke are back! was the roar from the crowd after the Royal Blues’ 3-0 win over Mainz on Sunday – just in time for the derby against Dortmund.
The fans appreciate the way the team are playing, demonstrating local Ruhr values of honest, hard work.
BVB have twice as many points on the board as Schalke and have not lost to the Royal Blues since September 2014.
Despite being new at the club, Nabil Bentaleb, who is on loan from Tottenham Hotspurs, knows the importance of this fixture for the Schalke fans.
“The derby is massive for Schalke and for the city. It’s the sort of game you really look forward to as a footballer,” said Bentaleb.
Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become an emblematic figure at the club, to the extent he wore the captain’s armband on Matchday 8.
“Of course they mean a lot! We all know how important this derby is for BVB and the fans, and we also know that it’s going to be a huge match. I’m sure we’ll play a good game. We’re all looking forward to it and we’re ready.” said Aubameyang.
“It’s a pretty special atmosphere. If you look people in the eye around here then you will feel straight away what ambition there is to win the derby. The fans tell you things like ‘come on, we’ve got to win the derby! We want a derby win!’ Everybody’s really looking forward to it. The atmosphere in this game is just unique.”
The game will be live on the StarTimes’ World Football channel.
In Italy, Gonzalo Higuain is set to face his former club for the first time since he completed a record-breaking 90 million euro (Sh9.9bn) transfer from Napoli to Juventus in summer.
There has been a bad news for Juventus as medical examinations on Paulo Dybala have showed that the Argentine will miss key Juventus games over the next fortnight after suffering a thigh injury in the 1-0 defeat to AC Milan at the San Siro last Saturday.
He will miss the game against Napoli on Saturday and doubtful for the Champions League match against Lyon on the following Wednesday, leaving the trip to Chievo on November 6 as his potential return.
The match will be live on StarTimes’ World Football channel.