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  • October 1, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Augsburg

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Goal.com previews the action as the reigning Bundesliga champions welcome Jos Luhukay's newcomers in a bid to turn their disappointing start to the season around


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gungodan, Bender
Gotze, Kagawa, Perisic
Barrios
AUGSBURG

Jentzsch
Hosogai, Mohrle, Sankoh, De Jong
Brinkmann, Callsen-Bracker
Gogia, Baier, Bellinghausen
Molders
Jurgen Klopp is expected to make some major changes to the team which lost 3-0 to Olympique Marseille on Wednesday, with Sebastian Kehl mostly likely to be relegated to the bench. Ilkay Gundogan is expected to take his place next to Sven Bender, while Ivan Perisic could displace Kevin Grosskreutz, who had poor game in France.

Lucas Barrios already has already made two substitute appearances, and given the fact that his recovery is well on track, he is in the running for a starting place on Saturday. The only absentees for Dortmund are Julian Koch and Marvin Bakalorz, who are both still working their way back to fitness.

Augsburg face an injury crisis as no less than seven players have been ruled out for the match against the German champions. Defenders Paul Verhaegh and Dominik Reinhardt, midfielders Andrew Sinkala, Marcel Ndjeng and Dawda Bah, as well as strikers Torsten Oehrl and Stephan Hain will be forced to watch from the sidelines.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Dortmund are yet to win two league games in a row this season. They can do that on Saturday by beating Augsburg at the Signal-Iduna Park.
  • BVB are set to play their 1500th game in the Bundesliga. Only Hamburg, Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and Stuttgart reached that landmark before them.
  • Jurgen Klopp's men have failed to win in their last two home games, drawing 1-1 with Arsenal, and losing 2-1 to Hertha Berlin.
  • Augsburg are the only team yet to win in this season's Bundesliga.
  • Jos Luhukay's men have achieved four draws, more than any other team in the league.
  • Only Kaiserslautern have scored less goals than Augsburg this season. Of the six goals scored by Jos Luhukay's men, three came from striker Sascha Molders, who has not scored a goal since round 2.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
24Chris LöweDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
1Simon JentzschGoalkeeper
5Uwe MöhrleDefender
3Gibril SankohDefender
18Jan-Ingwer Callsen-BrackerDefender
11Axel BellinghausenDefender
17Marcel de JongMidfielder
24Daniel BrinkmannMidfielder
8Lorenzo DavidsMidfielder
7Hajime HosogaiMidfielder
10Daniel BaierMidfielder
33Sascha MöldersStriker
30Mohamed AmsifGoalkeeper
4Dominik ReinhardtDefender
6Jonas de RoeckDefender
15Sebastian LangkampDefender
13Tobias WernerMidfielder
28Akaki GogiaMidfielder
11Nando RafaelStriker
Players to Watch
Ivan Perisic
Ivan Perisic
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
It will be a major surprise if Perisic does not start against Augsburg, especially after the astonishing decision by Jurgen Klopp to start Kevin Grosskreutz ahead of the Croatian against Olympique Marseille backfired spectacularly. Be as it may, the ex-Brugge man is a force to be reckoned with even from the bench and has shown he can influence games all on his own, if given the chance.
Simon Jentzsch
Simon Jentzsch
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The goalkeeper has been impressive so far in the Bundesliga, and will have to be on top of his game once again against Dortmund. The German champions will come in waves, and with Augsburg's defence not entirely convincing, Jentzsch would be Jos Luhukay's men last and most important line of defence.
Prediction
The game against Augsburg comes at the perfect time for Jurgen Klopp's men, who are short on confidence and on paper should make light work of Augsburg. Jos Luhukay's men, however, will not give up without a fight, and will do their best to at least take a draw. That being said, Dortmund, too, are likely to take this game very seriously and field a rejuvenated and hungry team on Saturday.
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