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

Bundesliga Preview: Dortmund - Leverkusen

Bundesliga Preview: Dortmund - Leverkusen


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



Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Leitner, Kehl
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz

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

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.

  • 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.


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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
23Shinji KagawaStriker
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
1Bernd LenoGoalkeeper
3Daniel SchwaabDefender
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
5Manuel FriedrichDefender
22Vedran CorlukaDefender
3Stefan ReinartzMidfielder
6Simon RolfesMidfielder
8Lars BenderMidfielder
27Gonzalo CastroDefender
14Andre SchürrleStriker
11Stefan KießlingStriker
36Fabian GieferGoalkeeper
20D. da CostaDefender
21Ömer ToprakDefender
25Renato AugustoMidfielder
13Michael BallackMidfielder
-M. OrtegaMidfielder
38Karim BellarabiMidfielder
Players to Watch
Moritz Leitner
Moritz Leitner
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
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.
Andre Schürrle
Andre Schürrle
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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.
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