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  • 27 October 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • MAGE SOLAR Stadion, Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Referee: M. Fritz
  • • Attendance: 24000

Freiburg - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Visitors looking to close the gap

Freiburg - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Visitors looking to close the gap

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Last Saturday's loss to Schalke saw Borussia Dortmund fall 12 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich, but Jurgen Klopp's side can put pressure on the Bavarians



Mujdza, Ginter, Diagne, Sorg
Schmid, Schuster, Makiadi, Caligiuri
Jendrisek, Kruse

Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Perisic, Reus, Grosskreutz

Freiburg boss Christian Streich has the luxury of a near full squad from which to pick his team for the visit of the Champions on Saturday. Max Kruse missed out on last week's 2-0 win over Wolfsburg through injury, while Karim Guede was suspended.

Both are available again, with the former set to replace Sebastian Freis to partner Erik Jendrisek up front on Saturday. Matthias Ginter and Oliver Sorg are both doubts, but should be available to take up their usual stations in defence.

The only confirmed absence is Jan Rosenthal, who is undergoing rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are expected to make two changes from the side that beat Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday.

Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl occupied the deep-lying midfield positions at Signal Iduna Park, but the former picked up a slight injury, and could be replaced by Ilkay Gundogan, while Mario Gotze has been lacking fitness of late, and is likely to miss out, with Ivan Perisic taking his place.

Elsewhere, the only major injury is to Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski, who has a knee injury and will be out for some time, though Patrick Owomoyela is still unfit and is yet to make an appearance this season.

  • Freiburg have beaten Borussia Dortmund just once in the last 10 years - a 3-1 victory at the Mage Solar Stadion on the final day of the 2009-10 season. What's more, they've recorded just three league victories over Saturday's opponents in their history.
  • The Baden-Wurttemberg outfit have won three games this season, the same number as Saturday's opponents, but sit three places behind BVB.
  • Freiburg finished in third place, just three points behind Borussia Dortmund in 1994-95, their second season in the Bundesliga.
  • Borussia Dortmund sealed a record points tally for a single Bundesliga season with a 4-0 triumph over Freiburg at home on the last day of 2011-12. Robert Lewandowski (pictured, right) and Kuba grabbed two goals apiece.
  • However, the champions are yet to win an away match this season, with all three of their Bundesliga victories coming at Signal Iduna Park.
  • Furthermore, BVB are yet to win on a weekend following a Champions League game this season, having lost to Hamburg after matchday 1, and drawn with Hannover after matchday 2.


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37Oliver BaumannGoalkeeper
13Fallou DiagneDefender
24Mensur MujdzaDefender
-Matthias GinterDefender
6Cedrick MakiadiMidfielder
17Jonathan SchmidMidfielder
23Julian SchusterMidfielder
31Karim GuédéMidfielder
7Daniel CaligiuriMidfielder
10Max KruseMidfielder
18Erik JendrisekStriker
-Alexander SchwolowGoalkeeper
2Pavel KrmasDefender
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14Anton PutsilaMidfielder
18Johannes FlumMidfielder
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35Sebastian FreisStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
24Chris LöweDefender
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