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February 26, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ M. Gräfe‎
Attendance:‬ 80720‎
 

Borussia Dortmund - Hannover Preview: BVB host Mirko Slomka's men as they aim for seventh Bundesliga win on the trot

Jurgen Klopp's team face last season's surprise package as they look to continue their scintillating league form and maintain their lead over Gladbach, Bayern Munich and Schalke

By Vasil Kotsev

Hannover 96, Didier Ya Konan
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PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

HANNOVER



Zieler
Cherundolo, Eggimann, Pogatetz, Schulz
Schmiedebach, Pinto
Schlaudraff, Pander
Diouf, Abdellaoue


Shinji Kagawa is set to return to the staring line-up for Dortmund after sitting out last weekend's win over Hertha Berlin with an knock.

Germany international Mario Gotze, however, is still recuperating from an injury, and will join Julian Koch in the stands.

It is not yet clear who is going to partner Emanuel Pogatetz at the heart of Hannover's defence as both Mario Eggimann and Karim Haggui are in with a chance of appearing in the starting XI.

Mirko Slomka has a near-full-strength squad at his disposal, with only Leon Andreasen and Carlitos unavailable for the game against Dortmund.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Dortmund have scored in all but one of their last 36 games against Hannover.
  • BVB have won their last two home matches against Sunday's visitors. Before this pair of victories, Dortmund had failed to win against Hannover at the Signal Iduna Park on five occasions.
  • Jurgen Klopp's men have netted the first goal in each of their last 11 league games.
  • Hannover are the last team to defeat Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season, triumphing 2-1 in September.

  • Slomka's men are on a nine-game unbeaten run in the league, second only to Dortmund's, which stands at the astonishing 16 matches.
  • The away side, who defeated Club Brugge 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday, have never lost in the Bundesliga immediately after a European game.


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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
30 18 2 0
The Polish striker did well in attacking midfield last week but could feature as a striker on Sunday - the position in which he really thrives. Watch out for his explosive pace, power and audacious backheel passes against Hannover.
Mame Biram Diouf
Mame Biram Diouf
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
19 8 4 1
The former Manchester United has slotted in seamlessly into Hannover's line-up, just like Ron-Robert Zieler, who also plied his trade at Old Trafford not long ago. He has found the back of the net twice in the visitors' last two matches and the club's fans would love to see this run continue.
Prediction
Hannover are certainly underdogs coming into this game but they have proven in the past that they can more than match Dortmund. BVB's winning streak cannot go on forever, and the away side might just be the team to end it.
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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