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  • March 30, 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: M. Weiner
  • • Attendance: 80720

Borussia Dortmund - Stuttgart Preview: Leaders hope to extend lead to eight points in the Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund - Stuttgart Preview: Leaders hope to extend lead to eight points in the Bundesliga


The hosts will aim to increase their advantage in the first match of round 27, but come up against a side in red-hot form with the Swabians on target for a top-five finish



Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Gundogan
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz


Sakai, Tasci, Niedermeier, Boka
Kvist, Kuzmanovic
Harnik, Hajnal, Schieber

Dortmund starlet Mario Gotze returned to training this week, but the 19-year-old is still far from being fit to start. Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski will retain his starting berth on the right flank.

In defensive midfield, Jurgen Klopp is tipped to give Ilkay Gundogan the nod, as the Turk has become a key player in the last two matches. The trainer will have a nearly full squad available, with only long-term casualty Julian Koch absent.

Vedad Ibisevic is set to return from suspension and could replace Cacau in the Stuttgart starting XI. Serdar Tasci is also expected to make his comeback following an injury lay-off, and will likely displace Maza.

Friday's match comes far too early for Khalid Boulahrouz and Shinji Okazaki, however, as the two are still recovering from knocks.

  • Dortmund have not lost in the Bundesliga for 21 games. Their last defeat was on September 18, 2011.
  • The title holders have attracted a club record 80,460 average attendance at home games this season. The figure is 99.7 per cent of the full capacity of the Westfalenstadion.
  • In 10 appearances since the winter break, Shinji Kagawa has scored eight goals and made four assists.
  • Stuttgart have won four of their last five games, conceding just twice in the process.
  • After a strong start to the season, VfB sunk to 11th place before finding their form again. They now are seventh, one point away from fifth spot.
  • Vedad Ibisevic has found the net four times for the Swabians since his mid-season signing from Hoffenheim. Only Martin Harnik, Shinji Okazaki and Cacau have scored more for VfB.

Players to watch

S. Kagawa

Position: Midfielder

Games: 15

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  • 0
  • 0
Having played a major part in four goals last week, the Japan international is in stellar form. Kagawa has enjoyed a brilliant run of form in Mario Gotze's absence, and his class will be needed again as BVB look to extend their lead.

S. Taşçı

Position: Defender

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The captain has recovered from an injury, and is set to make his return in central defence. Tasci will face a strong Dortmund attack that put six past Koln last week, and will need to be at his best to avoid a repeat.

Editor's Prediction

The Swabians have looked impressive at the back, and given their recent success, will be no push-overs. But Dortmund have won almost every game this spring, and are playing at home: they are clear favourites and should come out on top.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
VfB Stuttgart 1893 VFB
VfB Stuttgart 1893 Stuttgart

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
VfB Stuttgart 1893 VFB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
VfB Stuttgart 1893 VFB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 1
VfB Stuttgart 1893 VFB