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  • November 24, 2012
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Coface Arena, Mainz
  • Referee: K. Kircher
  • • Attendance: 34000

Bundesliga Preview: Mainz - Borussia Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp's side enjoyed a terrific triumph over Ajax on Wednesday night, and BVB will hope to add to its achievements in Europe in its return to Bundesliga action.



Pospech, Svensson, Noveski, Junior Diaz
Baumgartlinger, Soto
Muller, Szalai

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

There is nothing quite like sealing a place in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League to send a team into the weekend with a spring in its step.

That is the case for Borussia Dortmund, which swept Ajax aside 4-1 on Wednesday and confirmed that it is indeed a force to be reckoned with in Europe. It has been a different story in the Bundesliga, however, with the reigning champion in fourth place on 22 points, nine points adrift of runaway leader Bayern Munich heading into Saturday's game.

The club's form since the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Oct. 10 has been encouraging, though, and back-to-back 3-1 wins over Augsburg and Greuther Furth leave BVB in fine form.

Mainz is enjoying a positive season of its own, and after finishing 13th in the league last season, the hosts sit in a respectable eighth place - just five behind Jurgen Klopp's side.

The visitors will be without Lars Bender who misses out with a nose injury, while Patrick Owomoyela continues his rehabilitation from surgery on a troublesome calf problem.

Niko Bungert, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Chinedu Edu are missing for Mainz through knee, fitness and hamstring problems, respectively.

  • Borussia Dortmund has emerged as a 2-1 winner from its last two clashes with Mainz.
  • BVB has won three and drawn two of its last five games in all competitions.
  • Robert Lewandowski (right) has scored two goals in each of his last three games.
  • Mainz's last victory over Dortmund came back in 2009 when it won 1-0 at the Coface Arena.
  • Christian Heidel's team has won four of its five home games in the Bundesliga this season, losing just once.
  • Goals have been hard to come by for Saturday's hosts, however, with just 15 scored from their 12 league games to date.
  • A Mainz victory would move the club to within just two points of Jurgen Klopp's side in the table.


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29Christian WetkloGoalkeeper
2Bo SvenssonDefender
3Zdenek PospechDefender
4Nikolce NoveskiDefender
5Radoslav ZabavnikDefender
33Marco CaligiuriMidfielder
14Julian BaumgartlingerMidfielder
19Elkin SotoMidfielder
27Nicolai MüllerMidfielder
25Andreas IvanschitzMidfielder
28Adam SzalaiStriker
21Loris KariusGoalkeeper
20Junior DíazDefender
8Eugen PolanskiMidfielder
21Marcel RisseMidfielder
-Nikita RukavytsyaStriker
-Shawn ParkerStriker
17Ivan KlasnicStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
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Andreas Ivanschitz
Andreas Ivanschitz
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
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