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  • 3 March 2012
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Borussia Dortmund - Mainz Preview: BVB aim to end seven-year wait for a home win against the Oh-Fives

Borussia Dortmund - Mainz Preview: BVB aim to end seven-year wait for a home win against the Oh-Fives

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Jurgen Klopp's men seem unstoppable at the moment, but face a potentially tricky tie at the Signal Iduna Park against Thomas Tuchel's plucky minnows, led by Mohamed Zidan


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND


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

MAINZ


Wetklo
Caligiuri, Bungert, Noveski, Zabavnik
Baumgartlinger, Polanski, Soto
Ivanschitz
Szalai, Zidan


Jurgen Klopp will be glad to welcome back Sven Bender, who has recovered from a serious head injury he picked up in the 3-1 win against Hannover in the last round after he was kicked by Mame Biram Diouf.

Captain Sebastian Kehl, however, is banned for the game after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, while Mario Gotze is not expected to return to first-team action for at least two weeks. Julian Koch is also unavailable as he is still recovering from his long-term injury.

For Mainz defender Jan Kirchhoff is automatically banned for Saturday's clash after accumulating five yellow cards. Thomas Tuchel will also be unable to rely on Stefan Bell, Zdenek Pospech, Marcel Risse and Bo Svensson, who are recovering from injuries.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Borussia Dortmund have not won at home against Mainz for almost seven years.
  • Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is set to make his 250th appearance in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
  • Mats Hummels' last legue goal was scored against Mainz nearly a year ago.
  • Mainz are on a five-game unbeaten streak, and picked up their biggest win of the season in last round as they trashed Kaiserslautern 4-0.
  • The man at the heart of the Oh-Fives' resurgence of late is Mohamed Zidan, who transferred to Thomas Tuchel's team from no other than Dortmund in January. In four games for Mainz, the striker has bagged four goals and given one assist.
  • Six of the last 12 games between the Oh-Fives and BVB have ended in a draw.

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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
29Christian WetkloGoalkeeper
4Nikolce NoveskiDefender
3Malik FathiDefender
26Niko BungertDefender
5Radoslav ZabavnikDefender
33Marco CaligiuriMidfielder
8Eugen PolanskiMidfielder
19Elkin SotoMidfielder
27Nicolai MüllerMidfielder
10Eric Maxim Choupo-MotingStriker
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
33Heinz MüllerGoalkeeper
11Yunus MalliMidfielder
14Julian BaumgartlingerMidfielder
7Zoltan StieberMidfielder
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28Adam SzalaiStriker

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