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February 3, 2013 11:30 AM EST
BayArena — Leverkusen
Referee:‬ D. Aytekin‎
Attendance:‬ 30210‎
 

Bundesliga Preview: Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund

Both teams have been in fine form of late and will be looking to assert themselves as the nearest challengers to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

By Enis Koylu

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEVERKUSEN

Leno
Carvajal, Wollscheid, Toprak, Boenisch
Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle


DORTMUND

 
Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl

Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski
 

Both teams come into this fixture with a minimum of injuries. For Leverkusen, the only notable absence is young attacker Karim Bellarabi.

Sebastian Boenisch is expected to continue on the left side of defense ahead of Michal Kadlec.

Meanwhile, Felipe Santana will deputize for Neven Subotic at the heart of the Dortmund defense once again, as the Serbian continues his road back to full fitness from a hamstring injury.

Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined. Nuri Sahin will have to continue his wait for a first Bundesliga start since returning to the club. Sven Bender will also start on the bench.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Leverkusen is currently unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season, and has won its last five BayArena clashes.
  • What's more, it has only lost two of its last 16 games. Ominously, these both came on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Werkself midfielder Lars Bender (pictured, right) could face his twin brother Sven in the center of the park on Sunday. The Leverkusen man has never beaten his sibling.
  • Dortmund has only lost one of its last 11 games against Leverkusen - a 2-0 home reverse on the opening day of the 2010-11 season. 
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 Bundesliga goals this season. Only Stefan Kiessling, his opposite number on Sunday, has scored more. 
  • Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski has provided eight assists this season, his personal best-ever tally.


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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
4Philipp WollscheidDefender
17Sebastian BoenischDefender
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
21Ömer ToprakDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
1Michael RensingGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
2Manuel FriedrichDefender
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
7Hajime HosogaiMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
9Arkadiusz MilikStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
33Zlatan AlomerovicGoalkeeper
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5