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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 80645
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Schalke

The Ruhr rivals are separated by two points in the Bundesliga table, but both are in dire need of victory in order to keep up with pacesetters Bayern Munich

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Perisic, Reus, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
SCHALKE

Unnerstall
Uchida, Matip, Howedes, Fuchs
Neustadter, Jones
Farfan, Holtby, Afellay
Huntelaar

Both sides head into the Signal Iduna Park clash with a number of injury worries. For the host, Mats Hummels was forced to sit out Germany's two recent qualifying matches due to a hip injury, but should be fit to return to action for his club.

However, his fellow defender, Marcel Schmelzer, picked up a knock while on international duty. Should he not recover in time, Chris Low will deputize at left back. Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl have both shaken off minor problems, but Ilkay Gundogan is still in doubt with a back problem.

Finally, Jakub Blaszczykowski is still sidelined with a tear of a joint in his left knee, while Patrick Owomoyela is still lacking match fitness.

Meanwhile, Schalke boss Huub Stevens must decide between fielding Timo Hildebrand and Lars Unnerstall in goal, with the former Valencia keeper having recovered from the injury that has kept him out for much of the season.

Meanwhile, the Gelsenkirchen club will be without the services of Kyriakos Papadopoulos in the heart of defense, allowing Benedikt Howedes to play at center back alongside Joel Matip, with Atsuto Uchida on the right.

Julian Draxler could play some role, despite breaking an arm just over a fortnight ago against Montpellier, while Jefferson Farfan and Tranquillo Barnetta are both doubts after making long-haul journeys back from international duty.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund did the double over Schalke last season for the first time since 1996-97, with a 2-0 home win taking it to the top of the Bundesliga.
  • Marco Reus (pictured, right) has scored six goals in as many games for club and country.
  • BVB's first Bundesliga triumph under Jurgen Klopp was the club's seventh national title - the same number that its main rivals have won.
  • Schalke currently leads the all-time head-to-head in the Revierderby, having chalked up 55 triumphs compared to Dortmund's 37.
  • What's more, since the year 2000, the Veltins Arena side has had a great record when making the short trip to Dortmund, having won six times in the 12 Westfalenstadion meetings between the two sides, losing just twice.
  • This match comes on the 82-year anniversary of the biggest winning margin in a Revierderby - a 10-0 win for the Konigsblauen in Gelsenkirchen.

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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
7Oliver KirchMidfielder
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
-Jonas HofmannMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
36Lars UnnerstallGoalkeeper
4Benedikt HöwedesDefender
22Atsuto UchidaDefender
23Christian FuchsDefender
32Joel MatipDefender
10Lewis HoltbyMidfielder
19Ibrahim AfellayMidfielder
12Marco HögerMidfielder
17Jefferson Agustin FarfánStriker
33Roman NeustädterMidfielder
25Klaas-Jan HuntelaarStriker
30Timo HildebrandGoalkeeper
6Sead KolasinacDefender
13Jermaine JonesMidfielder
27Tranquillo BarnettaMidfielder
8Christoph MoritzMidfielder
-Ciprian MaricaStriker
20Teemu PukkiStriker

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