Borussia Dortmund - Wolfsburg Preview: Hosts continue pursuit of Bayern Munich
Having completed an unbeaten Champions League group stage campaign, Jurgen Klopp's side can now turn their attentions to the Bundesliga over the festive period
By Enis Koylu
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Kuba, Reus, Grosskreutz
Fagner, Naldo, Kjaer, Schafer
Hasebe, Diego, Olic
Despite naming a second-string team for the clash with Manchester City on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund are expected to make minimal changes to the starting line-up for the visit of Wolfsburg.
Lukasz Piszczek has flu, but could make the XI, though Neven Subotic and Mario Gotze are injury doubts, with Kevin Grosskreutz and Felipe Santana waiting in the wings to replace him.
In midfield, Sven Bender (groin) and Sebastian Kehl (knee) are out, leaving Moritz Leitner to partner Ilkay Gundogan. Robert Lewandowski returns in place of Julian Schieber.
Wolfsburg, meanwhile, are expected to make one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Hamburg last Sunday, with Josue stepping in for Vieirinha. That will allow Makoto Hasebe to take up his usual slot on the right-wing.
Vaclav Pilar is a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury, as is Patrick Helmes, while Hrvoje Cale and Marco Russ are both not registered for the squad.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday was just their second at home since they beat Real Madrid on October 24.
- Robert Lewandowski currently sits joint-top of the Bundesliga goalscorer charts, alongside four other players - Stefan Kiessling, Mario Mandzukic, Alexander Meier and Adam Szalai.
- BVB scored a total of eight goals against Wolfsburg last season, including a 5-1 win at Signal Iduna Park in which Mario Gotze (pictured, right) scored twice.
- Wolfsburg and Dortmund have won three of the last four Bundesliga titles between them; the other (2009-10) went to Bayern Munich.
- The Volkswagen Arena outfit have 16 points from their 15 Bundesliga games to date.
- Bas Dost has scored five goals in his last seven, but failed to find the target in his last two games.
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|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Nov 9, 2013||VfL Wolfsburg 2 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||May 11, 2013||VfL Wolfsburg 3 - Borussia Dortmund 3|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Dec 8, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 3|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Apr 7, 2012||VfL Wolfsburg 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3|
|Germany - 1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Nov 5, 2011||Borussia Dortmund 5 - VfL Wolfsburg 1|
|Dec 7, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1||BUN|
|Dec 3, 2013||1. FC Saarbruecken 0 - Borussia Dortmund 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||1. FSV Mainz 05 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3||BUN|
|Nov 26, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Napoli 1||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - FC Bayern München 3||BUN|
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