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February 3, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
Grundig-Stadion — Nürnberg
Referee:‬ F. Meyer‎
Attendance:‬ 45572‎
L. Barrios 82′

Bundesliga Preview: Nurnberg - Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com previews the action as Jurgen Klopp's men look to keep up their title tilt with a trip to the easyCredit Stadion

By Enis Koylu

Europa League: Borussia Dortmund - Karpaty Lviv, Shinji Kagawa, Schmelzer and Kuba (Getty Images)



Feulner, Maroh, Wollscheid, Plattenhardt
Simons, Cohen,
Eigler, Didavi, Esswein
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz

Tomas Pekhart has undergone surgery on his thumb, but is likely to make the squad for Friday's clash. Meanwhile, Juri Judt and Timothy Chandler have both returned to fitness, but are unlikely to make the starting line-up. However, Per Nilsson sustained an injury in the course of the week, while Hanno Balitsch, Tim Klose and Javier Pinola are not fit enough to play any part.

Mario Gotze remains sidelined for the Bundesliga champions, but Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski's recent renaissance makes the 19-year-old absence less of a headache. Despite deadline day speculation linking him with Fulham, Lucas Barrios stayed at the club, but is only set to make the bench, behind the in-form Robert Lewandowski.


  • Nurnberg last won this fixture over four years' ago - when they triumphed 2-0 over BVB at home.
  • The Bavarians triumphed 3-0 over Borussia Dortmund in the 1961 German Championship final, when the competition consisted of a group stage, followed by a final. 
  • Nurnberg defender Markus Feulner joined his current side from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
  • Borussia Dortmund are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga matches against Nurnberg.
  • Jurgen Klopp's men won on their previous trip to Bavaria courtesy of a 1-0 victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
  • BVB midfielder Ilkay Gundogan moved to Signal Iduna Park from Nurnberg in the summer.

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Available Squads
1Raphael SchäferGoalkeeper
6Dominik MarohDefender
4Philipp WollscheidDefender
2Timmy SimonsMidfielder
7Markus FeulnerMidfielder
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
18Almog CohenMidfielder
10Daniel DidaviMidfielder
23Adam HlousekMidfielder
8Christian EiglerStriker
9Tomas PekhartStriker
30Alexander StephanGoalkeeper
21Marvin PlattenhardtDefender
26Timothy ChandlerStriker
17Mike FrantzMidfielder
31Julian WießmeierMidfielder
18Albert BunjakuStriker
11Alexander EssweinStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
Players to Watch
Markus Feulner
Markus Feulner
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
24 2 5 0
Markus Feulner was the forgotten man at Borussia Dortmund, but has found a home, and regular football, since joining Nurnberg in the summer. With Dortmund's attack in ruthless form of late, there will be no better time to show his former employers that they may have made an error in letting him go.
Jakub Blaszczykowski
Jakub Blaszczykowski
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
16 2 0 0
Mario Gotze's injury has handed Kuba a golden opportunity to show his worth for both his club, and to cement his place in Poland's international squad as they prepare to host Euro 2012 in the summer. The 26-year-old scored twice against Hamburg a fortnight ago, and will be full of confidence as his team head into a key section of the season.
The gulf in quality between these two sides is plain to see. Nurnberg are perenially struggling for form, while Dortmund have been on fire. The German champions look good value to retain their title as it currently stands and expect Jurgen Klopp's men to run out easy winners when they travel to Bavarians.
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
15 2