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
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Corluka, Schwaab, Friedrich, Oczipka
Rolfes, Reinartz, Bender
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.