Greuther Furth-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Visitors back in domestic action
After securing a Champions League semi-final place in midweek, Jurgen Klopp's side travel to the relegation-doomed Bavarians
By Enis Koylu
Nehrig, Sobiech, Mavraj, Baba
Klaus, Furstner, Prib, Petsos
Grosskreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Kuba, Leitner, Bittencourt
Greuther Furth will be without a host of players for the visit of last season's champions. Zoltan Stieber and Michael Hefele are both in training, but unfit, Matthias Zimmermann is suspended and Sebastian Tyrala has a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Dortmund, meanwhile, will make a host of changes from their team against Malaga in midweek, with Kevin Grosskreutz, Nuri Sahin, Sebastian Kehl, Moritz Leitner and Julian Schieber all making starts.
Mats Hummels should get a run out in defence after making his comeback from injury. Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Greuther Furth have yet to win a home game in the Bundesliga this season.
- A fourth-tier Furth ran out 3-1 winners against Borussia Dortmund in the first round of the 1990 DFB-Pokal.
- The Bavarians need six more points to avoid recording the lowest-ever Bundesliga points total.
- Borussia Dortmund beat Furth in last season's DFB-Pokal semi-final thanks to a last-second Ilkay Gundogan goal.
- Robert Lewandowski has scored in his last 10 Bundesliga games, leaving him six off Gerd Muller's all-time record of 16.
Dortmund recorded a 3-1 home victory over Furth back in November, with Lewandowski scoring the only penalty of his Bundesliga career.
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Top 3 Predictions
Greuther Fürth 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 20.88 %
Greuther Fürth 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 13.16 %
Greuther Fürth 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 12.11 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Apr 13, 2013||Greuther Fürth 1 - Borussia Dortmund 6|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Nov 17, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Greuther Fürth 1|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Mar 20, 2012||Greuther Fürth 0 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|Dec 15, 2013||Arminia Bielefeld 4 - Greuther Fürth 1||2.BL|
|Dec 8, 2013||SV Sandhausen 1 - Greuther Fürth 3||2.BL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Greuther Fürth 1 - Cottbus 0||2.BL|
|Nov 25, 2013||TSV 1860 1 - Greuther Fürth 0||2.BL|
|Nov 8, 2013||Greuther Fürth 3 - SC Paderborn 07 0||2.BL|
|18||Abdul Rahman Baba||Defender|
After the impressive form of Wolfgang Hesl between the sticks for Furth, the goalkeeper will have his work cut out, not just to keep out BVB, but to justify his selection. However, he could prove himself to be an unlikely hero and lead an unlikely victory.
After an inauspicious start to his Dortmund career, Schieber finally looks to be hitting some form and netted twice in an impressive performance last week against Augsburg. He will be hopeful of doing something similar against another weak opponent.
Greuther Furth are longed for the 2. Bundesliga, and although Dortmund will be resting a host of stars, the deposed champions should have no problem in seeing off inferior opposition at the Trolli Arena.
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