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  • 11 April 2012
  • • 23:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: K. Kircher
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Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich Preview: Rivals meet at the Signal Iduna Park in Bundesliga title showdown

Goal.com previews the action as BVB and the Bavarians clash in a fixture that could determine who will lift the German Meisterschale come the end of the season


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
 Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
 Gundogan, Bender
 Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

BAYERN MUNICH


Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
 Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez


The big absentee for BVB is Germany international Mario Gotze, who despite recovering from the serious injury he picked up earlier this year, is still working his way back to full fitness and will not feature. 

Defender Julian Koch will not feature in the match against the Bavarians as he is still recuperating from an injury and is unlikely to appear for Jurgen Klopp's side during the current campaign.

For Bayern Munich, Daniel Van Buyten has been ruled out for the rest of the season and will join long-term absentee Breno in the stands. It is yet unclear who will partner Bastian Schweinsteiger in centre of the field, with both Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Luiz Gustavo in with a chance to feature in the starting XI.

Toni Kroos, who played a limited role in the win against Augsburg in order to avoid suspension, could displace Thomas Muller in the role behind striker Mario Gomez. He might also appear next to Schweinsteiger in central midfield, if Jupp Heynckes opts for a more offensive scheme.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund have triumphed in their last three games against Bayern Munich.
  • BVB are on a 23-game unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga. 
  • Dortmund managed to turn an eight-point deficit into a seven-point lead over Bayern Munich from Round 6 to Round 24.
  • Bayern Munich are on a nine-game winning streak in all competitions (including the penalty shootout victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the DFB Pokal).
  • The Bavarians can overtake Dortmund at the top of the table on goal difference if they win on Wednesday.
  • Werder Bremen are the last team to beat Bayern Munich four times in a row. This happened between 1991 and 1993.

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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
26Diego ContentoDefender
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker

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