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  • March 2, 2013
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund-Hannover

Runner up seems the best the reigning Bundesliga champion can hope for this season and on Saturday it welcomes Hannover which recently hammered five past Hamburg.

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BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
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HANNOVER

Zieler
Chahed, Djourou, Schulz, Pocognoli
Konan, Hoffmann, Pinto, Rausch
Diouf, Abdellaoue
Borussia Dortmund comes into Saturday’s match a whopping 17 points adrift of Bayern Munich and on the back of a DFB-Pokal loss to the Bundesliga leader in the Bavarian capital on Wednesday.

Coach Jurgen Klopp will likely name a side similar to the one that fell 1-0 at Allianz Arena, although captain Sebastian Kehl could come into the midfield for Sven Bender.

The only certain change is that 24-year-old striker Julian Schieber will start up top in place of Robert Lewandowski. The Poland international is still suspended following his challenge on Hamburg’s Per Skjelbred on Feb. 9.

Hannover is just a single point back off the Europa League places coming into the weekend, although a loss at Dortmund coupled with wins for Mainz, Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach would see it drop from seventh place to 10th.

Coach Mirko Slomka has several injuries to worry about ahead of kick off. Defender Mario Eggimann won’t play again this season due to a broken leg; right back Steve Cherundolo is out with a knee injury; midfielder Leon Andreasen will be out at least another month with a knee problem; midfielder Szabolcs Huszti has a hamstring sprain and defender Felipe is out injured as well.

 
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund has won just one of its last five matches in all competitions — a 3-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Feb. 16.
  • Dortmund will be without Robert Lewandowski and his 14 Bundesliga goals on Saturday. Next on the club’s scoring table is Marco Reus with 10, followed by Jakub Blaszczykowski with nine and Mario Gotze with eight.
  • Torsten Frings, who played for Dortmund between 2002 and 2004, announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday.
  • Hannover comes into Saturday’s match having won four of its last five Bundesliga matches.
  • Hannover has beaten Dortmund just once (in September 2011) in the Bundesliga since 2008  — a run of nine matches.
  • One-time Manchester United prospect Mame Biram Diouf (pictured, right) leads Hannover with 10 Bundesliga goals so far this season and will start up front with Mohammed Abdellaoue, who has six.

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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
23Julian SchieberStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
1Ron-Robert ZielerGoalkeeper
5Johan DjourouDefender
5Sebastien PocognoliDefender
19Christian SchulzDefender
23Sofian ChahedMidfielder
34Konstantin RauschMidfielder
7Sergio da Silva PintoMidfielder
15Andre HoffmannMidfielder
9Artur SobiechStriker
11Didier Ya Konan Striker
25Mohammed AbdellaoueStriker
14Markus MillerGoalkeeper
5Karim HagguiDefender
4Hiroki SakaiDefender
24Christian PanderDefender
8Manuel SchmiedebachMidfielder
-Adrian NikciMidfielder
13Jan SchlaudraffStriker

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