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October 14, 2011 7:30 PM BST
Weserstadion — Bremen
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Ivan Perisic 42′
 

Bundesliga Preview: Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund

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

By Vasil Kotsev

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PROBABLE LINEUPS

WERDER BREMEN

Mielitz
Sokratis, Naldo, Wolf, Ignjovski
Bargfrede
Fritz, Marin, Hunt
Rosenberg, Pizarro
BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe
Bender, Gundogan
Gotze, Lewandowski, Perisic
Barrios
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 deputise 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 line-up. Following his impressive performance against Augsburg in the last round, Robert Lewandowski is set to retain his place in the team, but is likely that he will be pushed deeper to make place for the returning Lucas Barrios.

The central defence 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 have lost just once at home to Dortmund in the last nine years.
  • The loss to Hannover in the last round put an end to Thomas Schaaf's men five-game unbeaten streak.
  • The Green-Whites are the only team who has won all of its home games so far in this Bundesliga season.
  • Dortmund have lost to Werder Bremen more times than against any other team.
  • BVB have 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
1Sebastian MielitzGoalkeeper
25NaldoDefender
13Lukas SchmitzDefender
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
31Andreas WolfDefender
8Clemens FritzDefender
21Marko MarinMidfielder
14Aaron HuntMidfielder
44Philipp BargfredeMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
14Claudio PizarroStriker
-Christian VanderGoalkeeper
15Sebastian PrödlDefender
11WesleyMidfielder
17Aleksandar IgnjovskiMidfielder
10Mehmet 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
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
Players to Watch
Claudio Pizarro
Claudio Pizarro
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
13 5 0 0
In every home game in his Bundesliga career he has scored at least one goal against Roman Weidenfeller. The Peruvia striker has been in hot form of recent and there is every reason to believe that 'Pizza' will deliver again.
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
24 8 0 0
The youngster impressed once again for Germany against Turkey last week, and was given a rest by Joachim Low for the match in Dusseldorf against Belgium, meaning he will be fully fit for the game on Friday. Gotze was unstoppable at the centre of the attacking trident in the win over Augsburg, but is likely to be pushed to the left agains Werder Bremen. Still, he possesses enough quality to influence any encounter wherever he plays.
Prediction
Dortmund are yet to hit top form, but still have enough about themselves to earn a draw against Werder Bremen, who were on a good run until the loss against Hannover. History fancies the Green-Whites to edge this one, but BVB are gaining momentum and should be able to get at least a point.
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
Leverkusen
15 2