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  • March 9, 2013
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: P. Gagelmann
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Bundesliga Preview: Schalke-Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga Preview: Schalke-Borussia Dortmund

Bongarts

BVB will be looking to avenge its loss to the Royal Blues from earlier in the season on Saturday in Gelsenkirchen.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SCHALKE 04

Hildebrand
Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac
Hoger, Neustadter
Farfan, Draxler, Bastos
Huntelaar
BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Sahin
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund is flying high after Tuesday’s elimination of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, although with Bayern Munich 17 points clear in the Bundesliga table, die Schwarzgelben will be mostly concerned with sealing second place over the next 10 games.

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp will be without Sven Bender in this derby as the midfielder continues his battle for full fitness, and right back Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined and has not featured all season.

Klopp will, however, have top scorer Robert Lewandowski available for selection following the Poland international’s suspension, and defender Mats Hummels has recovered from his bout of flu.

Schalke, in sixth place and 10 points adrift of its second-placed archrival, is still without goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall, who has a knee injury, while winger Ibrahim Afellay also misses out with a muscle problem.

Jens Keller will also be without central defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who is recovering following knee surgery, and U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones is suspended.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund has won just three of its last seven matches heading into Saturday’s derby against Schalke.
  • Dortmund’s 54 goals are second only to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
  • Last season Dortmund did the league and cup double for the first time in its history.
  • Schalke drew 1-1 with Turkish champion Galatasaray in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Feb. 20.
  • Injuries have plagued Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar so far this season, and he has scored just six goals in the Bundesliga this campaign. He notched 29 last term.
  • Schalke was a 2-1 winner in Dortmund last October but has not beaten its archrival on this ground in the Bundesliga since February 2010.

Players to watch

J. Farfán

Position: Midfielder

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J. Błaszczykowski

Position: Midfielder

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Schalke 04

Borussia Dortmund

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
FC Schalke 04 Schalke 04
Draw
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
52%
39%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Schalke 04 S04
2 - 1
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
FC Schalke 04 S04
1 - 3
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
FC Schalke 04 S04
1 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB

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