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May 14, 2011 2:30 PM BST
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ P. Gagelmann‎
Attendance:‬ 80720‎
68′ L. Barrios
72′ (OG) Marco Russ
90′ L. Barrios

Bundesliga preview: Borussia Dortmund - Eintracht Frankfurt

The visitors fight to avoid relegation while BVB look to keep a clean sheet and finish the season level with a Bundesliga defensive record

By Clark Whitney

Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Dortmund, Gekas (Getty Images)

Dortmund (4-2-3-1)

Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, da Silva; Gotze, Lewandowski; Barrios

Jurgen Klopp will have to do without long-term casualties Nuri Sahin, Sebastian Kehl, Patrick Owomoyela and Florian Kringe on Saturday. However, he will welcome back playmaker Shinji Kagawa, who may make a substitute appearance after missing the entire second half of the season with a metatarsal fracture.

Frankfurt (4-2-3-1)

Fahrmann; Jung, Rode, Russ, Kohler; Schwegler, Meier; Ochs, Caio, Fenin; Gekas

Ahead of Saturday's crucial match, Christoph Daum will be without long-term casualties Sonny Kittel, Zlatan Bajramovic, Georgios Tzavellas, Maik Franz, and Chris. Ricardo Clark has also been ruled out of the matchday squad. The only question mark over Daum's selection is in attack. Caio is tipped to start behind main striker Theofanis Gekas, but Ioannis Amanatidis could fill in alongside his Greek compatriot in place of the Brazilian.


  • Dortmund haven't been defeated in 15 Bundesliga home games (11 wins, four draws).
  • Should they keep a clean sheet against Frankfurt, BVB will end the season tied for a Bundesliga record for fewest goals conceded.
  • The champions have earned more points in 2010-11 than any Bundesliga team since Bayern Munich in 2007-08.
  • Frankfurt have won only one of the 16 matches they have played since they defeated Dortmund 1-0 in December 2010 (10 defeats, five draws).
  • Die Adler have only won two of their last 23 games at Dortmund (five draws, 16 defeats), although one of these two victories came last season (3-2).
  • Christoph Daum's men have only scored six goals since the winter break; if they fail to score against Dortmund, they will set a new record for fewest goals scored in the second half of a season.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
7Markus FeulnerMidfielder
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
6Sven BenderMidfielder
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
6Florian KringeMidfielder
1Ralf FährmannGoalkeeper
7Benjamin KöhlerMidfielder
4Marco RussDefender
5Aleksandar VasoskiDefender
24Sebastian JungDefender
17Martin FeninStriker
20Sebastian RodeMidfielder
30César Alves CaioMidfielder
27Pirmin SchweglerMidfielder
2Patrick OchsMidfielder
-Theofanis GekasStriker
1Oka NikolovGoalkeeper
4Kevin KrausDefender
-Julian DuddaDefender
-M. Titsch RiveroMidfielder
7Halil AltıntopStriker
25Marcel HellerStriker
18Ioannis AmanatidisStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
25 8 0 0
Most of Dortmund's goals go through the 18-year old, who just gets better and better. He will be a direct threat on goal, but expect the Germany international to set up chance after chance for Barrios.
Theofanis Gekas
Theofanis Gekas
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
He scored a late winner against Dortmund in December, and has done little since. The Greek will have to replicate his form from the first half of the season if die Adler are to avoid relegation.
Probable Lineups
Roman Weidenfeller 1
Marcel Schmelzer 29
Felipe Santana 5
Mats Hummels 15
Lukasz Piszczek 26
Kevin Großkreutz 19
Antônio da Silva 8
Robert Lewandowski 9
Mario Götze 19
Jakub Blaszczykowski 16
L. Barrios 19
Ralf Fährmann 1
Benjamin Köhler 7
Marco Russ 4
Aleksandar Vasoski 5
Sebastian Jung 24
Martin Fenin 17
Sebastian Rode 20
César Alves Caio 30
Pirmin Schwegler 27
Patrick Ochs 2
Theofanis Gekas 0
Frankfurt have greatly struggled to score in the second half of the season and cannot be expected to get a goal against the Bundesliga's best defence. The visitors will fight for their lives, however, and may be able to keep a clean sheet against the champions, who have nothing to play for.
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