Borussia Dortmund-Eintracht Frankfurt Preview: Champions hoping to bounce back from Hamburg loss
Jurgen Klopp's troops recorded an encouraging 2-2 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, and will be hoping for another positive result against the top-four hopefuls
By Enis Koylu
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka
Aigner, Meier, Inui
Jurgen Klopp will be able to welcome Ilkay Gundogan back into the starting line-up after the Germany international sat out his side's 2-2 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. He should come into the team at the expense of Sebastian Kehl.
Neven Subotic is in line for a return to the fold after over a month out with a hamstring injury, but Felipe Santana could continue in his place. Finally, Julian Schieber will make a rare start up front in place of the suspended Robert Lewandowski.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, will be able to name a full-strength line-up for the trip to Signal Iduna Park, with only Martin Amedick set to miss out as he looks to build up fitness.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Dortmund have lost four games already this season, more than they did in the whole of 2011-12.
- The German champions have beaten Eintracht Frankfurt more times than any other opponent.
- Julian Schieber has not contributed to any goals in his 12 Bundesliga appearances this season.
- Eintracht Frankfurt have only lost one of their last five matches with Dortmund.
- Their coach, Armin Veh, has not come out on top against Dortmund in six encounters.
- The top-four hopefuls have only lost once since the end of November. That came at Bayer Leverkusen, their last trip to North-Rhine Westphalia.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 0-8 Eintracht Frankfurt
- 15.33 %
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- 14.62 %
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
- 9.55 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 1, 2013||Eintracht Frankfurt 1 - Borussia Dortmund 2|
|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|
|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|
The Germany defender may have slipped up for the second Shakhtar goal on Wednesday, but he showcased his strength of mind by netting a late equaliser, and his leadership will be needed once more against a tricky opponent.
The Frankfurt winger has been in good form since the turn of the year, scoring once and providing two assists, and with BVB looking vulnerable down the flanks against Hamburg, he will be hopeful of another fruitful afternoon.
Eintracht Frankfurt have certainly proved themselves to be a stubborn opponents across the course of their remarkable run this season, but Dortmund will be eager to bounce back, and in spite of the absence of Robert Lewandowski, should come out on top.
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