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December 3, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK — Mönchengladbach
Referee:‬ F. Zwayer‎
Attendance:‬ 54057‎
 

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com previews the action as the two top teams in the Bundesliga table clash

By Vasil Kotsev


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH

Ter Stegen
Jantschke, Stranzl, Dante, Daems
Nordtveit, Neustadter
Herrmann,
Arango
Bobadilla , Hanke
BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Leitner, Kehl
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

Lucien Favre was dealth a hefty blow on Friday when it was confirmed that star forward Marco Reus would miss out on Saturday's match due to a broken toe, which is not sufficiently healed over the course of the week. Igor de Camargo has also withdrawn from the squad due to back problems, meaning that Raul Bobadilla is expected to be the Germany international's stand-in. Otherwise, Favre will likely be without fringe players Joshua King and Elias Kachunga.

For Dortmund the definite absentees are Julian Koch, Never Subotic and Sven Bender, who are all sidelined with injuries. It is not yet clear who will spearhead the attack for the Bundesliga champions, but following his goal against Schalke, Robert Lewandowski is likely be given the nod ahead of Lucas Barrios, who is yet to find the net for BVB this season.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Gladbach hold the record for biggest victory in the history of the Bundesliga. They defeated none other than Dortmund in a 12-0 drubbing in 1978.
  • Lucien Favre's men have won their last four matches in the Bundesliga. The club achieved this for the first time in 17 years.
  • Gladbach are unbeaten in their last 10 home games. This is a record yet to be matched by any other Bundesliga team this season.
  • Dortmund have won all but one of their last eight league games.
  • BVB were defeated on their last visit to Monchengladbach. Last season Lucien Favre's men managed to edge the eventual champions 1-0 at Borussia Park, courtesy of a strike by Mohamadou Idrissou, who now represents Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Gladbach's leading goalscorer this season Marco Reus played for BVB from 2003 to 2006.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
3Filip DaemsDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
4DanteDefender
39Martin StranzlDefender
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
33Roman NeustädterMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
18Juan Fernando ArangoMidfielder
25Raul BobadillaStriker
9Mike HankeStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
4Roel BrouwersDefender
17Oscar WendtDefender
2Matthias ZimmermannDefender
8Lukas RuppMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
20Mathew LeckieMidfielder
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
Players to Watch
Marco Reus
Marco Reus
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
27 15 6 0
The ex-BVB man will be keen to show what his former employers missed out on, so expect the attacker to give 100 per cent on Saturday. His breath-taking shooting, dribbling and vision have carried Gladbach through on countless occasions this season and he will have to be on the top of his game against BVB.
Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
20 2 4 1
There is an old saying that attack wins games, but defence wins titles. This is especially valid, when it comes to big and decisive matches such as Saturday's Borussen derby. The ever-improving Mats Hummels will have to step up once again and ensure Dortmund have a solid foundation at the back against the deadly Gladbach counter-attack, led by rising star Marco Reus.
Prediction
Both teams have been impressive in recent times, and one can even say that Gladbach, who barely escaped relegation last season, are currently evenly matched with reigning champions Dortmund. Last season Jurgen Klopp's men left Borussia Park defeated, which many attributed to complacency, but there will be nothing of the sort on Saturday.
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Dortmund
15 5