Borussia Dortmund-Nurnberg Preview: Sahin set for home return
The German champions will continue their pursuit of Bayern Munich against the struggling Bavarians, who have mustered just 18 goals in as many Bundesliga games this season
By Enis Koylu
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Kuba, Gotze, Reus
Chandler, Nilsson, Klose, Pinola
Feulner, Kiyotake, Gebhart
Despite receiving encouraging news on the injury of Neven Subotic, Borussia Dortmund will name virtually the same line-up that thrashed Werder Bremen last week, with one possible change coming in midfield, where Sven Bender could replace Sebastian Kehl.
Nuri Sahin is expected to keep his place on the bench, but is likely to have more playing time than he did at the Weserstadion - a brief cameo at the end of the match. Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined.
Meanwhile, Nurnberg expected to make a host of changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Hamburg last week. Per Nilsson is set to step back into the heart of defence, leading Timmy Simons to make the shift forward into midfield, with Almog Cohen dropping out.
Markus Feulner will replace Robert Mak on the right-hand side of midfield, with Hiroshi Kiyotake replacing Alexander Esswein in the hole behind lone striker Tomas Pekhart.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Dortmund's 5-0 win over Werder Bremen last week was their joint-biggest victory this season, along with the thrashing of Borussia Monchengladbach at home.
- The champions have lost twice at home this season - more times than they did in the whole of their 2011-12 campaign.
- Nuri Sahin (pictured, right) is set to make his first appearance at Signal Iduna Park since leaving BVB for Real Madrid in the summer of 2011.
- Nurnberg, despite sitting in 15th place in the Bundesliga, have the same defensive record as second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.
- However, only fellow Bavarian outfits Augsburg and Greuther Furth have scored fewer goals than der Club.
- Tomas Pekhart's equaliser against Hamburg last Sunday was his first goal since his side held BVB to a 1-1 draw at home on matchday 2 - way back in August.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Nürnberg
- 20.41 %
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- 12.78 %
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Nürnberg
- 9.28 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 21, 2013||Nürnberg 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Jan 25, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Nürnberg 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 1, 2012||Nürnberg 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Jul 21, 2012||Nürnberg 4 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 3, 2012||Nürnberg 0 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|Dec 3, 2013||1. FC Saarbrücken 0 - Borussia Dortmund 2||GERC|
|Nov 30, 2013||Mainz 1 - Borussia Dortmund 3||GER1|
|Nov 26, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 3 - SSC Napoli 1||UCL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Borussia Dortmund 0 - FC Bayern München 3||GER1|
|Nov 9, 2013||VfL Wolfsburg 2 - Borussia Dortmund 1||GER1|
|25||Horacio Javier Pinola||Defender|
The Turkey international's career has faltered since he left Signal Iduna Park for Real Madrid 18 months ago, but now that he is back at home, he will be hoping to get himself back on track. He is expected to be given a little more playing time against Nurnberg, and will hope to show that he's still got it, whether he starts or is on the bench.
One player who will be hopeful of troubling the champions is Timo Gebhart. As Lukasz Piszczek bombs up and down the right to help Jakub Blaszczykowski in attack, he will leave holes at the back which the 23-year-old can exploit, and his delivery from the wing could cause mayhem in the centre of defence, especially with Neven Subotic missing.
Borussia Dortmund finally look to be hitting their stride after a season dogged by inconsistent form. Nurnberg, meanwhile, have stagnated badly since the beginning of the campaign and the loss of Dieter Hecking will hit them hard. Accordingly, a home win is the obvious conclusion.
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