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  • December 8, 2012
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 80000

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Wolfsburg

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Wolfsburg


Having completed an unbeaten Champions League group stage campaign, Jurgen Klopp's side can now turn its attentions to the Bundesliga over the festive period.



Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Leitner
Kuba, Reus, Grosskreutz

Fagner, Naldo, Kjaer, Schafer
Josue, Polak
Hasebe, Diego, Olic

Despite naming a second-string team for the clash with Manchester City on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund is expected to make minimal changes to the starting lineup for the visit of Wolfsburg.

Lukasz Piszczek has flu, but could make the XI, though Neven Subotic and Mario Gotze are injury doubts, with Kevin Grosskreutz and Felipe Santana waiting in the wings to replace him.

In midfield, Sven Bender (groin) and Sebastian Kehl (knee) are out, leaving Moritz Leitner to partner Ilkay Gundogan. Robert Lewandowski returns in place of Julian Schieber.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, is expected to make one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Hamburg last Sunday, with Josue stepping in for Vieirinha. That will allow Makoto Hasebe to take up his usual slot on the right wing.

Vaclav Pilar is a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury, as is Patrick Helmes, while Hrvoje Cale and Marco Russ are both not registered for the squad.

  • Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday was just its second at home since it beat Real Madrid on Oct. 24.
  • Robert Lewandowski currently sits joint-top of the Bundesliga goalscorer charts, alongside four other players - Stefan Kiessling, Mario Mandzukic, Alexander Meier and Adam Szalai.
  • BVB scored a total of eight goals against Wolfsburg last season, including a 5-1 win at Signal Iduna Park in which Mario Gotze (pictured, right) scored twice.
  • Wolfsburg and Dortmund have won three of the last four Bundesliga titles between them; the other (2009-10) went to Bayern Munich.
  • The Volkswagen Arena outfit has 16 points from its 15 Bundesliga games to date.
  • Bas Dost has scored five goals in his last seven, but failed to find the target in his last two games.


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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
31Marvin BakalorzMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
1Diego BenaglioGoalkeeper
4Marcel SchäferDefender
14Simon KjaerDefender
-Diego RibasMidfielder
17Makoto HasebeMidfielder
8Jan PolakMidfielder
12Bas DostStriker
35Marwin HitzGoalkeeper
4Emanuel PogatetzDefender
17Alexander MadlungDefender
34Ricardo RodriguezDefender
6Slobodan MedojevicMidfielder
8Thomas KahlenbergMidfielder
9Srdjan LakicStriker

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