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  • April 20, 2013
  • • 9:30 AM
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Mainz

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Mainz

Bongarts

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.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DORTMUND

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

MAINZ
 
Wetklo
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Mainz 05

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI
1. FSV Mainz 05 Mainz 05
79%

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 0
1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
1. FSV Mainz 05 MAI

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