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  • October 14, 2011
  • • 2:30 PM
  • • Weserstadion, Bremen
  • Referee: F. Meyer
  • • Attendance: 42068

Bundesliga Preview: Werder Bremen - Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga Preview: Werder Bremen - Borussia Dortmund

Bongarts previews the action as the defending Bundesliga champions visit second-placed Green-Whites in a bid to close the gap on Bayern Munich at the top



Sokratis, Naldo, Wolf, Ignjovski
Fritz, Marin, Hunt
Rosenberg, Pizarro

Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe
Bender, Gundogan
Gotze, Lewandowski, Perisic
Werder Bremen will be without first-choice goalkeeper Tim Wiese, who is still serving a suspension following his red card in the draw against Nurnberg on September 17. 22-year-old Sebastian Mielitz is set to deputize for the Germany international, while Markus Rosenberg replaces Marko Arnautovic, who was sent off in the loss to Hannover in the last round.

Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf will have to do without the services of defenders Leon-Aderemi Balogun and Mikael Silvestre, midfielders Ozkan Yildirim and Tim Borowski as well as striker Denni Avdic, who are all recuperating from injuries.

Germany international Marcel Schmelzer has been ruled out of the game on Friday and will be replaced by youngster Chris Lowe in the starting lineup. Following his impressive performance against Augsburg in the last round, Robert Lewandowski is set to retain his place in the team, but it is likely that he will be pushed deeper to make room for the returning Lucas Barrios.

The central defense pairing is still unclear as Felipe Santana had a superb game against Jos Luhukay's men and could be preferred to Neven Subotic. Mats Hummels played for Germany in midweek, and fatigue may prompt Jurgen Klopp to bench him for the game on Friday.

  • Werder Bremen has lost just once at home to Dortmund in the last nine years.
  • The loss to Hannover in the last round put an end to the club's five-game unbeaten streak.
  • The Green-Whites are the only team which has won all of its home games so far in this Bundesliga season.
  • Dortmund has lost to Werder Bremen more times than against any other team.
  • BVB has lost against the Green-Whites nine times after scoring the opener.
  • Last season Borussia Dortmund collected 34 points more than Werder Bremen and conceded 39 goals less.


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Available Squads
21Sebastian MielitzGoalkeeper
13Lukas SchmitzDefender
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
5Andreas WolfDefender
8Clemens FritzDefender
21Marko MarinMidfielder
14Aaron HuntMidfielder
44Philipp BargfredeMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
14Claudio PizarroStriker
-Christian VanderGoalkeeper
15Sebastian PrödlDefender
17Aleksandar IgnjovskiMidfielder
20Mehmet EkiciMidfielder
33Sandro WagnerStriker
36Lennart ThyStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
24Chris LöweDefender
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
Players to Watch
Claudio Pizarro
Claudio Pizarro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
L. Barrios
L. Barrios
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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