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  • 31 January 2014
  • • 19:30
  • • Eintracht-Stadion, Braunschweig
  • Referee: M. Fritz
  • • Attendance: 23325
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Eintracht Braunschweig 8.50 8.00 8.50 8.50
Draw 5.50 5.50 5.00 5.50
Borussia Dortmund 1.30 1.30 1.35 1.35
Eintracht Braunschweig - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Hummels could return as Klopp's side seek first win in four

Eintracht Braunschweig - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Hummels could return as Klopp's side seek first win in four

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Last season's runners-up have only won one Bundesliga match in their last seven but could call on the Germany defender following his reserve outing this week

Borussia Dortmund can end a run of four Bundesliga games without a win when they face Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp's side have picked up only one win in their last seven matches, a streak that has seen them drop 17 points behind leaders Bayern Munich after the Bavarians' 2-1 win at Stuttgart on Wednesday.

Braunschweig, on the other hand, arrive for the game with renewed confidence.

Although they sit bottom of the table, Torsten Lieberknecht's side are unbeaten in their last two matches and avoiding defeat against Dortmund would see them record their best run of the season.

Dortmund's players may be short of confidence given their recent form, but that cannot be said about Klopp, who is expecting his side to get back to winning ways after last week's home draw with Augsburg.

"In this game we just have to show more on the pitch," he said at a press conference on Wednesday. "The preparation time during the (mid-season) break is there to get ready for the entire second half of the season and not just one game.

"If that game didn't turn out to be as we hoped then we aren't allowed to look for the causes too much, we have to carry on working on the same path as before and that's what we want to do.

"Anything I say will have to be proven on the pitch on Friday but counter-pressing in that game will be a fantastic opportunity to create chances and we should do that if we want to win the game."

When the two sides met earlier in the season Dortmund ran out 2-1 winners - despite being frustrated for 75 minutes by the strugglers - with Marco Reus and Jonas Hofmann netting within 11 minutes of each other to secure the points.

Dortmund's injury-plagued season continued last week with Jakub Blaszczykowski suffering a serious knee injury against Augsburg, though there may be some good news after Mats Hummels came through a reserve game on Tuesday with no problems.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed he would speak with the defender following training on Thursday before deciding whether the Germany international is fit to feature in his first game since November.

The hosts are five points from safety ahead of the match and victory would boost their chances of survival, while also being the biggest win in the club's history.

Lieberknecht has two long term absentees available, Torsten Oehrl (tendon) and Gianluca Korte (knee), but otherwise should have a fully fit squad to choose from.

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26Daniel DavariGoalkeeper
38Ermin BicakcicDefender
5Benjamin KesselDefender
8Deniz DoganDefender
19Ken ReichelDefender
10Mirko BolandMidfielder
11Jan HochscheidtMidfielder
59Omar ElabdellaouiMidfielder
15Norman TheuerkaufDefender
7Havard NielsenStriker
9Orhan AdemiStriker
1Marjan PetkovicGoalkeeper
4Matthias HennDefender
25Marcel CorreiaDefender
15Kevin KratzMidfielder
31Marc PfitznerMidfielder
38Karim BellarabiMidfielder
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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
10Henrikh MkhitaryanMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
17Pierre-Emerick AubameyangStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
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26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
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