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Borussia Dortmund-Augsburg Preview: Hosts can strengthen grip on second

Jurgen Klopp’s men are four points up on third-placed Leverkusen ahead of Saturday’s encounter with relegation-threatened Augsburg

By Jerrad Peters

Germany, Bundesliga, VfB Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund, Marco Reus; Lukasz Piszcek
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DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Grosskreutz, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski
AUGSBURG

Amsif
Verhaegh, C'sen-Bracker, Klavan, Ostrzolek
Baier
Hahn, Vogt, Oehrl, Werner
Molders

Borussia Dortmund’s two-year grip on the title will likely be released on Saturday as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich need only a single point to clinch the championship. But with their Champions League aspirations still intact and an automatic berth in next year’s tournament yet to be clinched, the holders still have it all to play for as the season enters its home stretch.

Coach Jurgen Klopp will no doubt have Tuesday’s match against Malaga in mind when he names his team to face Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park, and to that end he’ll be unlikely to rush Jakub Blaszczykowski back into the line-up after the Poland captain was forced to miss Wednesday’s first leg with a groin injury.

Defender Mats Hummels is back in full training and has an outside chance of featuring, while left-back Marcel Schmelzer will once again wear a mask to protect a broken nose.

Augsburg, meanwhile, welcome midfielder Tobias Werner back from suspension but are still without goalkeepers Alex Manninger and Simon Jentzsch, who have Achilles and finger injuries, respectively.

The Bavarian side will also be missing defender Ronny Philip, who has a knee injury, and midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol, who has an abdominal strain.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Since losing the derby to Schalke, Borussia Dortmund have won their last two Bundesliga matches by a combined score of 7-2.
  • Dortmund have kept just a single clean sheet in their last eight Bundesliga matches.
  • Mainz and Bayern Munich are the only sides currently in the top six that Dortmund have yet to face between now and the end of the season.
  • It took until the third week of January—or 18 matches—for Augsburg to get their second victory this season. Their first came after seven matches.
  • Only once in their last nine matches have Augsburg managed more than a single goal.
  • Dortmund were 3-1 winners when last these sides met in October and won the corresponding match 4-0 last season.


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Available Squads
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
7Jonas HofmannMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
33Zlatan AlomerovicGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
1Alexander ManningerGoalkeeper
2Paul VerhaeghDefender
5Ragnar KlavanDefender
18Jan-Ingwer Callsen-BrackerDefender
19Matthias OstrzolekDefender
6Kevin VogtMidfielder
10Daniel BaierMidfielder
13Tobias WernerMidfielder
28Andre HahnStriker
10Dong-Won JiStriker
33Sascha MöldersStriker
30Mohamed AmsifGoalkeeper
4Dominik ReinhardtMidfielder
14Jan MoravekMidfielder
17Marcel de JongMidfielder
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
20Torsten OehrlStriker
36Stephan HainStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
30 18 2 0
The Poland international has scored in each Bundesliga appearance he has made going all the way back to December 8 - a stretch of nine matches in which he has bagged an impressive 11 goals. His 20 goals on the campaign are two better than Bayer Leverkusen’s Stefan Kiessling, and he has contributed five assists as well.
Sascha Mölders
Sascha Mölders
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
20 2 1 0
He has gone four matches without a goal, and his side’s safety from relegation may well rest on his ability to break that duck. The return of Tobias Werner from suspension should help, although manager Markus Weinzierl could be forgiven for wishing he had a few more options up front.
Prediction
Thinking about the second leg against Malaga won’t stop Dortmund from posting a convincing win over Augsburg on Saturday. With the title about to be settled they may even feel a release of pressure and go on to fill the Bavarians’ goal.
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Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern Munich
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5