Borussia Dortmund will be looking to secure their place in the 2020/21 DFB-Pokal final when they face second-tier Holstein Kiel on Saturday at 7:30pm (UK time).
Edin Terzic’s side beat Borussia Monchengladbach to earn their spot in the final four, while Holstein Kiel knocked out RW Essen. The winner will face RB Leipzig.
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Where to watch Borussia Dortmund vs Holstein Kiel on TV:
- UK: N/A
- US: ESPN Desportes
Scoreline prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Holstein Kiel
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Borussia Dortmund vs Holstein Kiel build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Borussia Dortmund have turned things around the Bundesliga and are very much in with a chance to qualify for the Champions League but that will be pushed to one side as they look to reach the DFB-Pokal final for the first time since 2016/17 when they won it, beating Eintracht Frankfurt. Although Dortmund had to knock out Gladbach in the last round, that was their first game against top-flight opposition in this year’s Pokal. They have knocked out two 2. Bundesliga sides so far in Eintracht Braunschweig and SC Paderborn, while MSV Duisburg were 3. Bundesliga opposition.
Holstein Kiel have had a similar run in the DFB-Pokal, facing 2. Bundesliga or lower in three of their four rounds so far. They cruised past fifth-tier Rielasingen in the opening round and knocked out fourth-tier RW Essen in the quarter-finals, having also beat fellow 2. Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt on penalties. But they also provided the shock of the cup in the second round, as they knocked Bayern Munich out on penalties having twice fought from behind in the game including an equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time. Another Bundesliga scalp this weekend would see Holstein Kiel in the DFB-Pokal final for the first time in their history.
- Borussia Dortmund (vs Wolfsburg): Hitz; Piszczek, Can, Akanji, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Dahoud*, Reus; Reyna, Haaland, Sancho.
- Holstein Kiel (vs Nuremberg): Dahne; Neumann, Wahl, Lorenz, Van den Bergh; Hauptmann, Meffert, Lee; Porath, Serra, Mees.
Mahmoud Dahoud is unavailable for Dortmund after his red card in the previous round, joining Axel Witsel, Marcel Schmelzer, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Youssoufa Moukoko on the sidelines. There are no fresh injury concerns for Holstein Kiel.
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Player to watch: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund)
Given the nature of the opponent, we could see Dortmund rotate this weekend, giving the likes of Julian Brandt a rare chance to start. Once one of Germany’s brightest stars, Brandt has been somewhat lost in the shuffle at Dortmund, usurped by the Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and co.
Brandt has still played 40 times for Dortmund across all competitions this season, including 28 in the league, but he has accumulated just 1,819 minutes – an average of just over 45 per game. His limited time on the pitch as affected Brandt’s ability to really get involved in matches, managing just three goals and two assists in all competitions, none of which have come in the DFB-Pokal.
But Brandt remains an attractive player for clubs around Europe and, in January, Arsenal were reportedly interested in signing the midfielder who is still only 24. Could he use the potential platform against Holstein Kiel to launch himself back into the public eye and gather interest ahead of the summer?
Recent form (past five matches):
- Borussia Dortmund: WWWLW
- Holstein Kiel: DWLLD
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