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  • February 11, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: G. Perl
  • • Attendance: 80400
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Bundesliga Preview: Dortmund - Leverkusen

Bundesliga Preview: Dortmund - Leverkusen

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Last year's champions and runners-up meet, with the hosts looking to pull further away from the pack and their guests hoping to rebound from a poor run of results



PROBABLE LINEUPS

DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Leitner, Kehl
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
LEVERKUSEN

Hertha BSC
Leno
Corluka, Schwaab, Friedrich, Oczipka
Rolfes, Reinartz, Bender
Castro, Schurrle
Kiessling


Dortmund enter Saturday's match depleted by injuries, with midfielders Mario Gotze and Sven Bender both sidelined. The pair will be replaced by right-winger Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski and Moritz Leitner, respectively. Julian Koch is back in training, but is still far from fit to return to action.

Leverkusen are also short of staff, with Eren Derdiyok absent due to a nasty slash to his foot, Sidney Sam out with a muscular injury, Michal Kadlec suspended, and Rene Adler and Tranquillo Barnetta still in rehabilitation for long-term injuries. Bayer are expected to line-up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Lars Bender, Stefan Reinartz and Simon Rolfes anchoring the midfield.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Dortmund have lost just one of their last nine meetings with Leverkusen, winning and drawing four apiece.
  • The title holders have not been defeated in 14 Bundesliga games, the longest such streak at the moment.
  • BVB have not been held scoreless for 16 domestic games.
  • Leverkusen have not been beaten in six matches away from home, having won two and drawn four times.
  • Robin Dutt's side have won just eight domestic games this season, their lowest tally after 20 matchdays since 2006-07.
  • Should he feature in Saturday's match, Gonzalo Castro will make his 200th Bundesliga appearance.

Players to watch

M. Leitner

Position: Midfielder

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The young midfielder is expected to start in place of Sven Bender. He is a different type of player compared to the hard-nosed enforcer, and his creativity and skill in making play from deep areas will add the kind of character to BVB that has been missing since Nuri Sahin's departure last summer.

A. Schürrle

Position: Attacker

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Leverkusen need a spark, and the player most capable of delivering such inspiration is Schurrle. The Germany international is the most talented player on his team, but has been out of form in recent months. Perhaps with the Champions League returning next week, and with his side facing the leaders and defending champions,  he will summon the class of yesteryear.

Editor's Prediction

Leverkusen have a good run without losing away from home, but their record against BVB is poor, and the hosts are in remarkable form at the moment. B04 will be without several key figures, and that could make all the difference.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Bayer Leverkusen

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Bayer Leverkusen
83%

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 1
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen LEV

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