Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke LIVE commentary: Team news, kick-off time and coverage as Bundesliga returns

Football is back!

After a two-month absence, we’re absolutely buzzing to bring you live commentary of Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke as the Bundesliga returns on Saturday.

With some of the world’s most gifted young players on show and a bitterness between both clubs, ‘the mother of all derbies’ in Germany should not disappoint, even if it is behind closed doors.

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There’s plenty for English fans to look out for

Dortmund vs Schalke: How to listen

The Bundesliga clash will get under way at 14:30pm on Saturday, May 16.

Full commentary from Signal Induna Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 1pm.

Toby Gilles and Andy Brassell will bring you all the updates – including all the goals as they go in from the other 14:30 kick-offs.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

Team news

For the hosts Dortmund, Marco Reus is still sidelined with a thigh injury he picked up before the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be halted.

This is likely to mean Lucien Favre will play Thorgan Hazard, Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland in a front three.

Even without Reus, it is a potent attack. Haaland has been sensational since signing from Red Bull Salzburg with 12 goals in 11 total appearances.

Sancho can claim to be one of the best players in the Bundesliga this season with 14 goals and 15 assists to his name.

Hazard himself has five goals and 10 assists from 24 league appearances.

In midfield, Emre Can and Axel Witsel will not be part of the squad due to injury.

Dortmund’s opponents also have their own injury problems and will have three players missing for Saturday’s match.

Manager David Wagner said: “A week ago, Ozan Kabak trained normally but he will not be called on. We want to give him another week. The only ones who don’t train with the group are Omar Mascarell and Benjamin Stambouli.”

Everton fans will recognise Jonjoe Kenny at right-back, who is currently on loan from the Merseyside club.

Kenny has never lost a derby match he’s played in so Wagner will no doubt be hoping some of that good fortune will carry over to the weekend’s match.

Former Man City winger Rabbi Matondo is another name to watch out for. The 19-year-old is very highly-rated but might not start for the important clash against Dortmund.

Likely line ups

WIth a few injury troubles, Dortmund revert to a back three with Mats Hummels, Manuel Akanji and Lukasz Piszczek in front of Roman Burki.

Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakmi would be pushed on as the wing backs with Julian Brandt and Thomas Delaney in the central midfield roles.

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How Borussia Dortmund could line up against Schalke
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Everton fans will recognise Jonjoe Kenny at right-back, who is currently on loan from the Merseyside club.

Kenny has never lost a derby match he’s played in so boss Wagner will no doubt be hoping some of that good fortune will carry over to the weekend’s match.

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How Schalke could line up for their game against Dortmund

What the’s history between the two clubs?

The rivalry between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke goes back a long way and is known as ‘the mother of all derbies’ in the Bundesliga.

Two of world football’s most passionate fans vie for the Revierderby bragging rights in Germany’s industrial heartlands.

The cities of Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen are separated by fewer than 20 miles. Both are in the Ruhr region of Germany and have been at the centre of the country’s coal and steel production for generations.

Both have working class fan bases and are extremely passionate when it comes to their football teams.

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Schalke vs Borussia Dortmund is a fierce rivarly
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There have been plenty of mad moments over the years in this famous match.

In September 1969, Schalke took the lead in front of 40,000 fans at Dortmund’s Rote Erde Stadium causing the Royal Blues fans to storm the pitch.

The police released their dogs to try and regain control but one named Rex instead bit Schalke defender Friedel Rausch and teammate Gerd Neuser was also bitten on the thigh. Rausch later received 500 Deutsche Marks and a bouquet of flowers from Dortmund as an apology.

The match is also famous for incredible comebacks, especially in recent years.

Jens Lehmann became the first goalkeeper to score from open play in the Bundesliga in 1997 when he scored from a corner for Schalke to grab a last-gasp draw.

In Jurgen Klopp’s first derby as Dortmund coach in 2008, he found his team 3-0 down inside 54 minutes.

His team fought back to 3-2 before Schalke had two players sent off in the space of three minutes.

Dortmund were then awarded a penalty in the 89th minute to complete an incredible comeback.

In the 2017/18 season, Dortmund raced to a 4-0 lead after just 25 minutes before Schalke made a stunning second half comeback and managed to draw 4-4.


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