Goal.com 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
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe
Gotze, Lewandowski, Perisic
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.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.