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  • 4 December 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City Preview: Premier League champions travel to Germany hoping for Europa League consolation

Borussia Dortmund - Manchester City Preview: Premier League champions travel to Germany hoping for Europa League consolation

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The Bundesliga side have already topped the group and qualified for the next round, while Roberto Mancini's team must win and hope that Real Madrid beat Ajax at home

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Hummels, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Leitner
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Maicon, Nastasic, Kompany, Zabaleta
Garcia, Barry

 Sinclair, Tevez, Nasri
Dzeko

Jurgen Klopp has an almost fully fit squad from which to select, with fringe players Chris Lowe and Patrick Owomoyela the only players sidelined with injury, but could rest some players with top spot already guaranteed.

Roberto Mancini will be without any recognised left-backs with Gael Clichy (ankle) and Aleksander Kolarov (groin) both likely to miss the trip to Dortmund. Maicon could fill in at right-back, with Pablo Zabaleta switching to the left - or Gareth Barry could switch to his former position.

James Milner (hamstring) is out after picking up an injury at Wigan last week, while Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Micah Richards (knee) are still a while away from a first-team return. Mancini confirmed on Monday that Yaya Toure will not be involved, so Javi Garcia is likely to deputise.

The Italian boss will have one eye on Sunday's Manchester derby, so he could rest a few key players with one eye on the Premier League.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus (pictured) has scored the first goal of the game in three of his last four Champions League appearances.
  • Dortmund have made more defensive clearances than any other team in the Champions League (248).
  • Manchester City have won one and lost four of their previous European trips to Germany.

  • Dortmund have never been beaten by English opposition at home.

  • Manchester City must beat Dortmund and hope that Ajax do not beat Real Madrid if they are to qualify to play in the Europa League after Christmas.
  • Both teams are unbeaten in their past five games in all competitions.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
7Oliver KirchMidfielder
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
-Koray GünterDefender
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
-Mohammad Mustafa AminiMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
13MaiconDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
33Matija NastasicDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
14Javi GarcíaMidfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
10Carlos TévezStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
-Courtney Meppen-WaltersDefender
-George EvansMidfielder
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
43Alex Tchuimeni-NimelyStriker
Players to Watch
Marco Reus
Marco Reus
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The German international is forging a huge reputation for himself on the biggest stage after joining Dortmnd from Borussia Mochengladbach in the summer. Reus' combination of pace and skill has seen him bag three goals in the Champions League already this term. Dortmund rely heavily on the attacking talents of Reus, Gotze and Lewandowski but the trio have come up with the goods more often than not for the German champions.
Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Roberto Mancini has recently challenged the former Arsenal man to rekindle the type of form he produced at the Emirates Stadium before his move to Manchester City. The Frenchman hasn't been a regular starter this season but expect him to be given a chance in Germany. Dortmund are unlikely to sit back so the Manchester City midfield should have space to operate in what should be an open encounter.
Prediction
Expect the German champions to overcome Manchester City. In front of their own fans and despite having already qualified, Dortmund will want to prove their worth against a very expensively assembled City team. The visitors may not want to be in the Europa League, so may lack the motivation needed to earn a result against a side of Dortmund's quality.
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