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April 20, 2013 9:30 AM EDT
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1′ Marco Reus

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Mainz

Jurgen Klopp may choose to rotate his squad just a few days before the vital Champions League clash, which will also take place in Signal Iduna Park.

By Daniel Edwards

Germany: Greuther Furth - Borussia Dortmund, Kevin Grosskreutz, Mario Gotze


Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Sahin
Kuba, Leitner, Gotze

Pospech, Svensson, Noveski, Diaz
Baum'er, Soto, Risse, Ivanschitz
Parker, Szalai

With a place in the Champions League for the coming season all but guaranteed, and a crucial home semifinal clash in this year's edition against Real Madrid on the horizon, Jurgen Klopp may well decide to rest several stars to ensure they arrive in peak condition. Marco Reus, currently suffering a thigh strain, is one player almost certain to start from the bench against Mainz.

Coming off the back of two straight defeats, and having won just twice in the whole of 2013, Mainz will hope for an improvement in the final encounters of the season, safely ensconced in mid-table. U.S.-eligible attacker Shawn Parker came off the bench in a 2-1 reverse to Hamburg, and could get the nod from the start on Saturday afternoon.

  • Borussia Dortmund had to give up its dreams of recording a third-successive Bundesliga title, after Bayern Munich claimed the title with six games to spare two weeks ago. 
  • A win on Saturday, however, would guarantee the second-placed team a spot in the Champions League next year; five games from the end, the club sits 12 points clear of Schalke (in fourth) and with a far superior goal difference.
  • With 72 goals scored, BVB could still beat its tally for 2012-13, when it netted 80 times on the way to the title. The real drop has been in defense; 35 goals conceded this year, compared to just 22 at the end of 2011-12.
  • Mainz is another club still entertaining hopes of European football, sitting just three points off the Europa League places in ninth.
  • On the other hand, it is close enough to the relegation fight to still need four more points to be absolutely safe from the drop.
  • While Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski (22) leads the Bundesliga scoring charts, Mainz have its own high-scoring representative: Hungarian Adam Szalai (pictured), with 13 goals so far.

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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
29Christian WetkloGoalkeeper
2Bo SvenssonDefender
3Zdenek PospechDefender
4Nikolce NoveskiDefender
16Stefan BellDefender
7Niki ZimlingMidfielder
11Yunus MalliMidfielder
14Julian BaumgartlingerMidfielder
21Marcel RisseMidfielder
13Nikita RukavytsyaStriker
31Shawn ParkerStriker
21Loris KariusGoalkeeper
5Radoslav ZabavnikDefender
20Junior DíazDefender
26Niko BungertDefender
33Marco CaligiuriMidfielder
27Nicolai MüllerMidfielder
28Adam SzalaiStriker
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Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
FC Bayern München
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Borussia Dortmund
15 5