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  • February 3, 2013
  • • 16:30
  • • BayArena, Leverkusen
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 30210

Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Key battle in race for second place

Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Key battle in race for second place

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Both teams have been in fine form of late and will be looking to assert themselves as the nearest challengers to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga



Carvajal, Wollscheid, Toprak, Boenisch
Bender, Reinartz, Rolfes
Castro, Kiessling, Schurrle


Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl

Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus

Both teams come into this fixture with a minimum of injuries. For Leverkusen, the only notable absence is young attacker Karim Bellarabi.

Sebastian Boenisch is expected to continue on the left-hand side of defence ahead of Michal Kadlec.

Meanwhile, Felipe Santana will deputise for Neven Subotic at the heart of the Dortmund defence once again, as the Serbian continues his road back to full fitness from a hamstring injury.

Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined. Nuri Sahin will have to continue his wait for a first Bundesliga start since returning to the club, while Sven Bender will also start on the bench.

  • Leverkusen are currently unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season, and have won their last five BayArena clashes.
  • What's more, they have only lost two of their last 16 games. Ominously, these both came on a Sunday afternoon.
  • Werkself midfielder Lars Bender (pictured, right) could face his twin brother Sven in the centre of the park on Sunday. The Leverkusen man has never beaten his sibling.
  • Dortmund have only lost one of their last 11 games against Leverkusen - a 2-0 home reverse on the opening day of the 2010-11 season. 
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 Bundesliga goals this season. Only Stefan Kiessling, his opposite number on Sunday, has scored more. 
  • Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski has provided eight assists this season, his personal best-ever tally.


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Available Squads
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
38Philipp WollscheidDefender
17Sebastian BoenischDefender
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
21Ömer ToprakDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
1Michael RensingGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
7Hajime HosogaiMidfielder
18Sidney SamMidfielder
-Arkadiusz MilikStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
91Zlatan AlomerovicGoalkeeper
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Stefan Kießling
Stefan Kießling
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
There can be no doubting who will be the danger man for Leverkusen. Kiessling was in fine form as they overcame Bayern Munich earlier this season, and is certainly the most capable of providing Dortmund with a headache, particularly with Neven Subotic missing.
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
On the other side of the pitch, there is Lewandowski. The Pole was involved in all the action during last week's game against Nurnberg, grabbing a deserved goal at the death to make it 3-0. If he continues his current form, he will be capable of firing BVB to another victory.
These two teams are certainly capable of providing one thing-goals. Both have been in exceptional form of late, and led by Kiessling and Lewandowski, have provided some extraordinarily exciting matches. Dortmund probably possess more quality, but Leverkusen's strong home record could deny them another victory.
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