Having opened with draws that might have been wins, Slavia and Dortmund are both seeking their first Group F victory.
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Slavia Praha and Borussia Dortmund both picked up a useful point on matchday one – though both might have had all three – and are now searching for their first Group F victory as they meet in the second round of fixtures.
• While Slavia drew 1-1 at Internazionale, having been denied three points by an added-time equaliser, Dortmund's home match against Barcelona ended goalless, although the German side missed the chance to claim victory when Marco Reus had a second-half penalty saved.
• This is the teams' first meeting, and both sides' first contest against a club from their opponents' country in more than ten years.
• The Prague club looked set to pick up their first ever away win in the UEFA Champions League group stage thanks to Peter Olayinka's 63rd-minute goal at San Siro on matchday one, only for Nicolò Barella to level for Inter two minutes into added time. That made it two draws and two defeats in Slavia's four away matches in the group stage.
• Champions of the Czech Republic for the second time in three years last season – their 18th domestic title – and also Czech Cup winners, completing their first double in the Czech Republic, Slavia have successfully negotiated the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds for only the second time. Since their sole previous group appearance 12 years ago – when they finished third in their section behind Arsenal and Sevilla – the Prague club have lost in the preliminary rounds four times.
• Twelve months ago Slavia were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by Dynamo Kyiv in the third qualifying round (1-1 h, 0-2 a). Moving into the UEFA Europa League group stage, Jindřich Trpišovský's side finished second behind Zenit in their section and went on to get the better of Genk and Sevilla in the knockout rounds before losing 5-3 to eventual champions Chelsea over two games (0-1 h, 3-4 a) in the quarter-finals.
• Slavia entered this season's UEFA Champions League in the play-offs, where they beat Romania's CFR Cluj 1-0 both home and away. Before that tie, they had won only one of their last 15 matches in the UEFA Champions League (D7 L7).
• The Prague club picked up five points in their only previous UEFA Champions League group campaign, in 2007/08, four of them against Steaua București (2-1 h, 1-1 a); they also drew 0-0 at home against Arsenal.
• Last season's loss to Chelsea is Slavia's only reverse in their last eight home European matches (W4 D3); they kept a clean sheet in five of those games.
• This is Slavia's first match against a German club since a 2-0 loss against Hamburg in Prague in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage. That made it three successive defeats to Bundesliga opponents, all without scoring; a 1-0 home win against Schalke in the 1998/99 UEFA Cup first round second leg is their sole success in their last nine games against German clubs (D3 L5).
• Slavia are the sole Czech survivors in Europe this season, the other four representatives having all been eliminated, including three in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.
• The goalless draw against Barcelona made it one win in six UEFA Champions League matches for Dortmund (D2 L3), who have failed to score in five of those games, including the last three.
• Second in the Bundesliga in 2018/19, this is Dortmund's 14th UEFA Champions League campaign; they were winners in 1997, and runners-up in 2013. BVB have reached the round of 16 in five of their last six participations.
• In last season's group stage, Lucien Favre's side won at Club Brugge (1-0) and Monaco (2-0) either side of a 2-0 loss at Atlético Madrid that featured the only goals scored against them in their six matches. Dortmund conceded the fewest goals in the group stage (two) and kept the most clean sheets (five), but got no further than the last 16, losing both legs against Tottenham (0-3 a, 0-1 h).
• The victories at Club Brugge and Monaco are the only two Dortmund have managed in their last 12 European away matches (D4 L6).
• Dortmund's last two games away to Czech clubs have ended goalless, most recently against Sigma Olomouc in the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round. That made it three wins and two draws in their five visits overall, and extended their unbeaten run against Czech clubs, home and away, to eight matches (W5 D3), since a 3-1 home loss against Dukla Praha in the 1963/64 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final second leg.
• BVB are yet to concede a goal in Prague, recording two wins and a draw and scoring seven times themselves.
Links and trivia
• Slavia were 4-1 winners against a Nice side coached by Lucien Favre in a pre-season friendly in July 2017.
• As a player, Favre was in the Switzerland side that shared a 0-0 friendly draw against Czechoslovakia in Neuchatel. Ivo Knoflíček, now a youth coach at Slavia, was in the visitors' line-up.
• Mats Hummels scored Germany's winner in a 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying victory against the Czech Republic at Prague's Eden Stadium on 1 September 2017. Jan Bořil and Tomáš Souček featured for the home side.
• Jadon Sancho made his first competitive start for England in a 5-0 defeat of the Czech Republic in the European Qualifiers on 22 March this year; Souček and substitutes Milan Škoda and Lukáš Masopust were in the visitors' team.
• Paco Alcácer scored Spain's winner in a 2-1 defeat of Romania on 5 September; Nicolae Stanciu featured for the home side.
• Summer transfers
In: Nicolae Stanciu (al-Ahli), Yusuf Helal (Bohemians), Tomáš Holeš (Jablonec), David Hovorka (Jablonec), Jakub Hora (Teplice, loan), Ladislav Takács (Mladá Boleslav, loan), Lukáš Provod (Viktoria Plzeň)
Out: Michel Ngadeu-Ngadui (Gent), Simon Deli (Club Brugge), Miroslav Stoch (PAOK), Jan Matoušek (Jablonec, loan), Jan Sýkora (Jablonec, loan), Alex Král (Spartak Moskva), Alexandru Băluță (Slovan Liberec, loan)
• Josef Hušbauer made his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition on matchday one.
• Slavia were 3-0 derby winners against Sparta Praha on 22 September, and are unbeaten against their city rivals since March 2016.
• Slavia's record in the Czech First League this season is nine wins and two draws, with 23 goals scored and only two conceded. They were 1-0 victors at home to Mladá Boleslav on Saturday.
• Czech Cup winners in each of the last two seasons, Slavia beat second division Vyšehrad 8-0 on 25 September, Milan Škoda scoring four goals.
• Slavia won the Czechoslovak Super Cup on 6 July 2019 with a 3-0 defeat of Slovakian Cup winners Spartak Trnava.
• Including that game the Prague club are unbeaten in 24 competitive matches (W19 D5), since a 1-0 league defeat at Zlín on 21 April.
• Goalkeeper Ondřej Kolár has kept ten clean sheets in 12 Slavia appearances in all competitions this season.
• Ibrahim Traoré has missed Slavia's last three games due to an ankle injury.
• Peter Olayinka has been called up by Nigeria for the first time for the forthcoming friendly against Brazil.
• Summer transfers
In: Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Nico Schulz (Hoffenheim), Thorgan Hazard (Mönchengladbach), Mateu Morey (Barcelona), Mats Hummels (Bayern)
Out: Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Jeremy Toljan (Sassuolo, loan), Abdou Diallo (Paris), Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maximilian Philipp (Dinamo Moskva), André Schürrle (Spartak Moskva, loan), Felix Passlack (Fortuna Sittard, loan), Shinji Kagawa (Real Zaragoza), Ömer Toprak (Werder Bremen, loan), Sergio Gómez (Huesca, loan), Marius Wolf (Hertha, loan)
• BVB have drawn their last three games in all competitions, including 2-2 at both Eintracht Frankfurt on 22 September and at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday. The 4-0 defeat of Leverkusen on 14 September is their sole win in their last five matches (D3 L1).
• Dortmund have 11 points from their first six Bundesliga games this season.*
• Paco Alcácer has scored ten goals in 11 competitive matches this season for club and country.
• On 3 August BVB won 2-0 in the German Super Cup against Bayern München, lifting the trophy for the sixth time thanks to goals from Paco Alcácer and Jadon Sancho.
• Dortmund reached the second round of the German Cup with a 2-0 win at third division Uerdingen on 9 August. Their opponents in the next round, in late October, are Borussia Mönchengladbach.
• Nico Schulz suffered a foot injury in Germany's 4-2 loss against the Netherlands on 6 September and has not played since.
• Mateu Morey has not played since suffering a shoulder injury on 30 July, although he was an unused substitute on Saturday.
• Dortmund goalkeepers Eric Oelschlägel (groin) and Luca Unbehaun (knee) are both injured; Marvin Hitz has been sidelined by a problem with abdominal muscles but was on the bench on Saturday.