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  • February 9, 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 80645

Borussia Dortmund-Hamburg Preview: Champions looking to avenge early-season loss

Borussia Dortmund-Hamburg Preview: Champions looking to avenge early-season loss


Jurgen Klopp's side suffered their first league defeat of 2012 to HSV back in September, and will be hoping to get their own back at Signal Iduna Park



Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender

Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus


Diekmeier, Bruma, Westermann, Jansen
Rincon, Aogo
Beister, Van der Vaart, Son

Borussia Dortmund should be boosted by the return of Neven Subotic, who has yet to feature in 2013 following a hamstring injury, with Felipe Santana set to drop to the bench. Roman Weidenfeller has recovered from the flu which kept him out of the trip to Leverkusen last week, and will reclaim his place between the sticks.

Meanwhile, Sven Bender should keep his place in midfield ahead of club captain Sebastian Kehl. Nuri Sahin will start on the bench once more. Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined.

By contrast, HSV are missing a host of players. Lam Zhi Gin has a knee problem, Michael Mancienne has torn ankle ligaments, Milan Badelj is suspended and Ivo Ilicevic has an abdominal muscle strain.

Maximilian Beister should start ahead of Tolgay Arslan on the right-hand side of midfield.

  • Borussia Dortmund have scored 11 goals since the resumption of the Bundesliga in January, more than any other team.
  • This fixture has produced more goals than any other in Bundesliga history - 324 in 91 matches.
  • BVB have won their last four matches against Hamburg at Signal Iduna Park, including a Mario Gotze-inspired 3-1 victory on the opening day of last season.
  • Hamburg ended Dortmund's 31-match unbeaten league run earlier in the season, recording a 3-2 win over the champions at the Imtech Arena in September. 
  • HSV coach Thorsten Fink was born in Dortmund, and spent six years as a youth player at the club. 
  • Rafael van der Vaart has won his last four Bundesliga games against BVB.

Players to watch

R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

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All eyes will inevitably be on the Poland striker, given the fresh wave of speculation over his future in midweek, and Lewandowski will be eager to dispel any suggestions that he is not committed to the club by continuing his good form.

R. van der Vaart

Position: Midfielder

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It is quite obvious who Hamburg's danger man is. Van der Vaart is simply the man who makes Thorsten Fink's side tick, and given his experience, class, and his great record against Dortmund, the Netherlands international will be key to his side's chances of victory.

Editor's Prediction

The champions are finally hitting top form after a shaky start to the season, and I would expect them to be able to see off an inconsistent Hamburg team, particuarly given their home advantage.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Hamburger SV


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Hamburger SV HSV
Hamburger SV Hamburger SV

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
Hamburger SV HSV
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 0
Hamburger SV HSV
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
Hamburger SV HSV