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  • March 17, 2012
  • • 10:30 AM
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 80720
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen

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The visitor will be in dire need of victory as it pursues a Europa League place, but will face a stern task against the rampant host.


PROBABLE LINEUPS


DORTMUND



Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Kehl, Gundogan
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

WERDER BREMEN


Wiese
Fritz, Prodl, Sokratis, Hartherz
Junuzovic, Bargfrede, Ekici, Trybull
Fullkrug, Rosenberg

Jurgen Klopp will be sweating over the fitness of Sven Bender. The 22-year-old failed to train on Thursday with a heavy bout of flu, but Ilkay Gundogan is ready to move into the Germany international's stead if required.

Mario Gotze has resumed training after his lengthy injury spell, but will not be ready for Saturday's clash. Elsewhere, Julian Koch is training once more, but is not fit enough to feature.

The main headache for Werder Bremen will be their attacking options with Claudio Pizarro unavailable thanks to suspension and Marko Arnautovic's ligament injury.

Markus Rosenberg should fill in upfront, alongside 19-year-old Niclas Fullkrug, who will get a rare start.

Elsewhere, Aaron Hunt's groin injury will give Mehmet Ekici an opportunity to impress in an attacking midfield role, while Tim Borowski, Marko Marin and Naldo will all be missing.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Should Borussia Dortmund avoid defeat on Saturday, it will have gone 20 Bundesliga games without losing, a new club record.
  • Jurgen Klopp's men have not conceded a first half goal since Dec. 17, when Jan Rosenthal equalized in an eventual 4-1 win over Freiburg.
  • The last draw between these two teams in Dortmund occurred more than 11 years ago. Since then, there have been seven home wins and three away wins. 
  • Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf (right) has never lost twice to Borussia Dortmund in a single season since taking the job in 1999.
  • The Weserstadion side has scored six goals in its last four games, with six different players finding the net.
  • The suspended Claudio Pizarro has scored 40 percent of Werder Bremen's total goal tally this campaign.
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Players to watch

R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

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S. Papastathopoulos

Position: Defender

Games: 2

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Werder Bremen

Wins
4
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
SV Werder Bremen BRE
SV Werder Bremen Werder Bremen
79%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
SV Werder Bremen BRE
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
SV Werder Bremen BRE
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 0
SV Werder Bremen BRE

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