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Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Klopp's side aim to rebound against high-flying hosts
BVB suffered their first league defeat in a year at the weekend against Hamburg, but will be wary of the hosts who have maintained a 100 per cent record thus far
By Mohammed Ali
Jung, Zambrano, Bamba, Oczipka
Aigner, Meier, Inui
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Perisic, Gotze, Reus
Eintracht Frankfurt boss Armin Veh is likely to be without Pirmin Schwegler and Olivier Occean after the pair were substituted early in the 2-1 win over Nurnberg on Saturday.
Other than rushing the pair back to feature at the Commerzbank Arena on Tuesday evening, Veh is likely to start their replacements at the weekend - Martin Lanig and Erwin Hoffer, who broke the deadlock against Dieter Hecking's side.
For Borussia Dortmund, the same starting eleven that featured in the shock 3-2 defeat to Hamburg on Saturday are set to retain their places, though Ivan Perisic who scored a double in the weekend defeat, could replace Jakub Blasczykowski.
Jurgen Klopp's side lost their 31-game unbeaten run on Saturday, suffering their first defeat in almost a year in the Bundesliga.
|DID YOU KNOW|
- Dortmund's 31 game unbeaten record in the Bundesliga came to an end on Saturday with a 3-2 defeat to Hamburg.
- Jurgen Klopp's men sit fourth in the table, with seven points out of a possible twelve, and five points behind Tuesday's opponents.
- BVB's last lost two league games in a row in September 2011, in the games preceding their unbeaten record.
- Eintracht Frankfurt are joint-top of the Bundesliga, having won all four of their games so far this season.
- Newly promoted Frankfurt's last defeat in the Bundesliga came in a 3-1 defeat to Dortmund in the final day of the 2010-11 season.
- This fixture in 2010-11 ended in a 1-0 win to the hosts, with Theofanis Gekas scoring the sole goal.
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Top 3 Predictions
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 16.77 %
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 11.61 %
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 9.68 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 16, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 25, 2012||Eintracht Frankfurt 3 - Borussia Dortmund 3|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||May 14, 2011||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Eintracht Frankfurt 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Dec 18, 2010||Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 7, 2010||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Eintracht Frankfurt 3|
|May 18, 2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 2 - VfL Wolfsburg 2||GER1|
|May 11, 2013||Werder Bremen 1 - Eintracht Frankfurt 1||GER1|
|May 4, 2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 3 - F. Düsseldorf 1||GER1|
|Apr 28, 2013||Mainz 0 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0||GER1|
|Apr 20, 2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - Schalke 04 0||GER1|
The Austria international came off the bench to net within four minutes at the weekend, and with Occean supposedly out of the fixture, he will have to step up his game for the promoted side to get anything from this encounter.
The Croatian was superb against Hamburg, scoring twice as the 31-game unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday. Should replace Blaszczykowski in the starting line-up, and the young player should make a good account of himself on the right wing.
It will be a tough game for BVB to commence another streak of unbeaten games, but the hosts are on a rich vein of form, so they will be up for it. A narrow win for Jurgen Klopp's men for me.
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