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  • 20 March 2012
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Greuther Furth - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men seek a DFB-Pokal final to keep hopes of the double alive

Greuther Furth - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men seek a DFB-Pokal final to keep hopes of the double alive

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The Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga leaders face off for a spot in the cup final, with the second division side having already eliminated two top-tier teams


PROBABLE LINEUPS

GREUTHER FURTH


Grun
Nehrig, Kleine, Mavraj, Schmidtgal
Furstner, Prib
Klaus, Sararer
Occean, Nothe


BORUSSIA DORTMUND



Langerak
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Kuba, Kagawa, Perisic
Lewandowski



Greuther Furth coach Michael Buskens turns 44 today and will be hoping for a belated birthday present as his side look to get past the Bundesliga leaders and into the DFB-Pokal final.

The hosts will likely stick with a similar team that saw them ease past 1860 Munich at the weekend with in-form Canadian striker Olivier Occean starting in attack. He could be joined by former Germany international forward Gerald Asamoah, who only made the bench at the weekend.

Borussia Dortmund will likely re-instate Australian goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak for this week's cup tie. With Sven Bender injured, Ilkay Gundogan may continue in midfield while the defence could remain unchanged.

Ivan Perisic may get a run out in order to rest one of the attacking midfield three but Lucas Barrios will likely have to settle for the bench once more. Mario Gotze's return from injury nears but it is unlikely he will see any action this week.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Greuther Furth have won six of their last seven games in all competitions. A league draw with Ingolstadt blemishes a near-perfect record.
  • Olivier Occean is enjoying a great scoring patch for the Cloverleaves. He has bagged six goals in his last seven outings.
  • The hosts have already eliminated two Bundesliga outfits on their way to the semi-final. Nurnberg and Hoffenheim both fell at their hand in the previous two rounds.
  • Borussia Dortmund come into the game on the back of setting a new unbeaten record for the club. It is now 20 league games since BVB last tasted defeat in the Bundesliga.

  • Jurgen Klopp's men were taken all the way to penalties by second-tier outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf in the third round. They scraped through, winning the shootout 5-4.
  • Dortmund last lifted the trophy 23 years ago in the 1988/89 season. The closest they have come since was in 2007/08 when they ended as runners-up to Bayern Munich.

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Available Squads
20Max GrünGoalkeeper
7Bernd NehrigMidfielder
-Heinrich SchmidtgalMidfielder
-Mergim MavrajDefender
15Thomas KleineDefender
7Edgar PribMidfielder
36Felix KlausStriker
8Stephan FürstnerMidfielder
23Sercan SararerMidfielder
9Christopher NötheStriker
-Olivier OcceanStriker
16Jasmin FejzicGoalkeeper
3Asen KaraslavovDefender
-Fabian BaumgärtlDefender
13Milorad PekovicMidfielder
8Robert ZillnerMidfielder
-Tayfun PektürkMidfielder
14Gerald AsamoahStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
4Neven SuboticDefender
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
Players to Watch
Olivier Occean
Olivier Occean
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Canadian has scored six goals in his last seven games and will want to show that he can cut it against Bundesliga opposition. He scored the only goal as Greuther Furth sunk Hoffenheim in the last round and will be eager for another top-tier scalp. His two goals at the weekend helped the Cloverleaves remain at the summit of the 2. Bundesliga and if he keeps up his current form he could well secure games against the country's best teams on a regular basis with promotion.
Jakub Blaszczykowski
Jakub Blaszczykowski
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Polish wide-man is enjoying a fantastic season at BVB and though he may not be prolific in front of goal, his role in the team is crucial. He has pace to burn and when joined with superb vision and creativity, it makes for a lethal combination. If Greuther Furth want any chance of reaching the final they will need to keep Jakub "Kuba" Blaszczykowski quiet, without neglecting any of the other Dortmund forwards.
Prediction
The leaders of the 2. Bundesliga have shown they are no pushovers with wins against Nurnberg and Hoffenheim in the previous two rounds but the reigning Bundesliga champions could prove a bridge too far for the hosts. They will be high on confidence but as long as BVB do not get complacent, they should find themselves earning a spot in the final. The attacking quartet for Dortmund may well prove too much for the hosts and they should be able to win by a couple of clear goals at least.
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