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September 22, 2012 2:30 PM BST
Imtech Arena — Hamburg
Referee:‬ G. Perl‎
Attendance:‬ 57000‎
 

Hamburg - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Van der Vaart could be key to ending Klopp's long unbeaten run

The midfielder could be pivotal in transforming the fortunes of Thorsten Fink's ailing side, but will have his work cut out against an in-form BVB team high in confidence

By Craig Turnbull

Champions League, Ajax Amsterdam vs. Borussia Dortmund
Bongarts

PROBABLE LINEUPS

HAMBURG


Adler
Diekmeier, Bruma, Westermann, Jansen
Arslan, Badelj,
Sala, van der Vaart, Ilicevic
Son
BORUSSIA DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundagon, Kehl
Kuba, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski

Rafael van der Vaart will make his first appearance at the Imtech Arena since rejoining Hamburg from Tottenham in the summer. Coach Thorsten Fink will be hoping he can produce some Dutch magic to kick-start their season as they have yet to register any points in the Bundesliga after three games - a statistic that could see a host of changes.

On the other hand, visitors Borussia Dortmund have made a great start to their campaign after taking seven points from a possible nine and were impressive in their 3-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen last week. A midweek win over Ajax in the Champions League will have done no harm to the confidence of Jurgen Klopp's side, who are 31 games unbeaten in the Bundesliga.

Petr Jiracek is suspended for the hosts after seeing red in last week's defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, with Tolgay Arslan set to come in. Defender Dennis Aogo may also miss out with flu and Paul Scharner has a knee ligament problem. Their opponents have no real injury concerns apart from Patrick Owomoyela.
  DID YOU KNOW
  • Dortmund are currently 31 games unbeaten and are chasing down the record of 36 matches without loss, set by their opponents Hamburg back in January 1983. 
  • Next Saturday, Hamburg will celebrate their 125th anniversary and are the only team that have competed every season in the Bundesliga since it started back in 1963.
  • Rafael van der Vaart (right) has played against Dortmund four times and been on the winning side in three of those games, scoring twice.
  • BVB are undefeated in their last seven games against Hamburg.
  • Hamburg have made their worst start to the league season in 40 years.
  • The last time these two sides met was back in January, with Dortmund running out 5-1 winners.


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15René AdlerGoalkeeper
2Dennis DiekmeierDefender
3Michael MancienneDefender
4Heiko WestermannDefender
7Marcell JansenDefender
11Ivo IlicevicMidfielder
14Milan BadeljMidfielder
18Tolgay Ali ArslanMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
16Artjoms RudņevsStriker
7Heung-Min SonStriker
1Jaroslav DrobnýGoalkeeper
-Janek SternbergDefender
37Robert TescheMidfielder
21Maximilian BeisterMidfielder
26Jacopo SalaMidfielder
13Per Ciljan SkjelbredMidfielder
6Marcus BergStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
9Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
25 7 4 0
The 29-year-old is in his second spell at the club and has already demonstrated in his return match last week why he is so valuable to the Hamburg cause.

The Netherlands international was involved in both goals, but was unable to prevent his side from falling to a 3-2 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
30 18 2 0
With speculation linking the Poland international away from the Westfalenstadion, Robert Lewandowski admits that it is nice to be wanted elsewhere but, with his goalscoring instincts playing an important factor in Dortmund's long unbeaten run, Jurgen Klopp will keen to hold on to his man.
Prediction
Hamburg will have been given a boost by the return of their Dutch talisman, but Dortmund will prove too strong at the Imtech Arena.
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HSV 1
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