within the first round of Bundesliga fixtures since the COVID-19 crisis suspended the league.The Bundesliga has not been played since the weekend commencing the 6th March, and it’s the primary big league in Europe to resume playing its football again.
At the instant , Fortuna are placed within the relegation playoffs in 16th position,
four points before the automated relegation zone, and 4 points adrift from moving out of the relegation play-off places.
Two teams in desperate need of three points will lock horns in Dusseldorf on Saturday afternoon as Fortuna Dusseldorf combat SC Paderborn within the Bundesliga.
Germany’s top flight has been on hold for quite two months thanks to the coronavirus outbreak,
but the action will resume this weekend, and both of those sides are going to be determined to select up a win.
However, the team currently managed by Steffen Baumgart are during a poor reign of form as they need lost the last four games during a row,
and they have suffered five defeats in their previous six games with their only win therein period coming against Freiburg during a 2-0 win on the road on the 25th January.
Paderborn actually lost all four of their league matches before the action was postponed,
while they need picked up only one victory in 2020, which was a 2-0 success at Freiburg on January 25.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs SC Paderborn 07 Team News
Dusseldorf are expected to be without first-choice goalkeeper Zack Steffen for the rest of the season,
while Oliver Fink and Alfredo Morelos also are thanks to miss out for the house side.
There aren’t expected to be too many alterations from the side that started the 1-1 draw with Mainz last outing ,
meaning that Kenan Karaman should continue within the final third.
On-loan Lazio attacker Valon Berisha should also feature for the house team during a wide position,
but Rouwen Hennings could start on the bench despite scoring 11 times this season.
As for Paderborn, Luca Kilian and Streli Mamba are both expected to miss out with thigh and knee problems respectively,
but the visitors are otherwise in fine condition when it involves injuries.
Christopher Antwi-Adjei has seemingly overcome a thigh problem of his own and will be available,
with the 26-year-old expected to support Dennis Srbeny within the final third.
Abdelhamid Sabiri is additionally pushing for a start in midfield after impressing off the bench against Koln before the action was halted in March.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs SC Paderborn 07 Line Up
Dusseldorf possible starting lineup:
Kastenmeier; Suttner, Gieselmann, Hoffman, Ayhan, Zimmermann; Berisha, Stoger, Bodzek, Thommy; Karaman
Paderborn possible starting lineup:
Zingerle; Jans, Strohdiek, Schonlau, Collins; Vasiliadis, Gjasula, Sabiri; Proger, Srbeny, Antwi-Adjei
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs SC Paderborn 07 H2H
In the reverse fixture played at the Benteler-Arena,
Paderborn came out on top as they won 2-0 because of strikes by Abdelhamid Sabiri and Sebastian Schonlau.
Therefore they’re going to be hoping for an identical result as they appear to make sure survival within the Bundesliga, something that at the instant that appears unlikely.
Although Fortuna are going to be checking out revenge and therefore the chance to potentially narrow the gap to moving out of
the relegation playoffs to just one point, which may only happen if Mainz lose away to 1. FC Köln on Sunday.
What time is kick-off?
The game gets underway at 2.30pm BST.
What TV channel is Fortuna Dusseldorf vs SC Paderborn 07 on?
This match has top billing for the returning week of Bundesliga action and will be shown on BT Sport 1.
Or you can follow the action with our minute-by-minute live blog.