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November 3, 2012 10:30 AM EDT
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Stuttgart

BVB seems to have lost the imperious air that surrounded it last season and will be eager to set that straight in a replay of one of last season's most exciting matches.

By Tom Webber



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

Sakai, Tasci, Niedermeier, Molinaro
Gentner, Kvist, Holzhauser
Harnik, Ibisevic, Traore

Jurgen Klopp is expected to name the same starting XI which defeated Freiburg last weekend as Borussia Dortmund host Stuttgart on Saturday.

After a stuttering start to the season, which included defeat to rivals Schalke last month, BVB has since recorded three straight wins in all competitions. Now looking for consistency, there are unlikely to be any changes as Ilkay Gundogan continues in midfield ahead of the injured Sven Bender.

The two teams played out an epic 4-4 draw in last season's corresponding fixture and the reigning champion will start with nine of the same players: only Shinji Kagawa, who has since left for Manchester United, and Jakub Blaszczykowski (injured) will be absent. In their stead there are more than capable replacements in the form of Mario Gotze and Marco Reus.

With his team unbeaten in four league outings, Bruno Labbadia is also expected to retain the same XI from Stuttgart's 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. However, there are concerns over the fitness of right back Gotoku Sakai and Serdar Tasci which could mean a reshuffle at the back.

  • In the corresponding fixture from last season, Borussia Dortmund could only manage a 4-4 draw against a determined Stuttgart side.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side has only tasted defeat twice in its previous 37 Bundesliga outings.
  • BVB has drawn its last three matches against die Schwaben at the Signal Iduna Park
  • Stuttgart holds the upper hand in the history books when facing the reigning champion with 38 wins to 28 in a total of 88 meetings.
  • The Baden-Wurttemberg outfit has not picked up all three points in Dortmund since a 1-0 win in February 2007.
  • Vedad Ibisevic (right) has netted more Bundesliga goals than any BVB player so far this season. His five strikes put him one goal ahead of the hosts' leading scorer, Reus.

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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
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2Gotoku SakaiDefender
5Serdar TasciDefender
6Georg NiedermeierDefender
15Arthur BokaDefender
6William Kvist JörgensenMidfielder
16Ibrahima TraoreMidfielder
20Christian GentnerMidfielder
8Raphael HolzhauserMidfielder
7Martin HarnikStriker
9Vedad IbisevicStriker
23Marc ZieglerGoalkeeper
2Javi MartínezMidfielder
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24Antonio RüdigerDefender
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
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