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  • September 29, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 80645

Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Monchengladbach Preview: Reus set to face old club from the bench

Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Monchengladbach Preview: Reus set to face old club from the bench


Jurgen Klopp's side have been in poor form of late, but will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes when they entertain Lucien Favre's side on Saturday


Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Kuba, Gotze, Grosskreutz
Ter Stegen
Jantschke, Brouwers, Dominguez, Daems
Nordtveit, Xhaka
Herrmann, Hanke, Arango
De Jong

The big news from Borussia Dortmund's perspective ahead of Saturday's clash is that Marco Reus will be forced to start on the bench as his old club visit Signal Iduna Park.

His absence will allow Mario Gotze to step into the No.10 role, with Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski and Kevin Grosskreutz either side of him, with Ivan Perisic also dropping to the bench. Elsewhere, Sven Bender is expected to step into the midfield alongside Sebastian Kehl, at the expense of Moritz Leitner.

Patrick Owomoyela remains a long-term absentee, but is slowly regaining fitness.

Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach will be without the services of Martin Stranzl, who receives a straight red card for a professional foul during the match against Hamburg on Wednesday. Roel Brouwers will come into the defence for the Austrian.

Elsewhere, Patrick Herrmann limped out of the draw with Thorsten Fink's side after a heavy challenge, but will be fit to take his place on the right wing. Luuk de Jong will continue up front, despite a difficult start to his task of replacing Marco Reus.

  • Borussia Dortmund have conceded six goals in their last two Bundesliga games, and have kept one just clean sheet in Germany's top flight all season.

  • Their 3-2 loss to Hamburg on September 22 brought an end to their 31-match, 12-month unbeaten run in league football.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side sealed their Bundesliga title when they entertained Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday 32 last term.
  • Borussia Monchengladbach have managed just one Bundesliga win so far this season. However, they have also lost just once.

  • Alvaro Dominguez, who was signed on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid this summer, scored his first goal in a Gladbach shirt to equalise against HSV on Wednesday. Record signing, striker Luuk de Jong has the same tally this summer.

  • Marco Reus (pictured, right) scored a total of 18 Bundesliga goals as Borussia Monchengladbach earned an unlikely spot in the Champions League last season, and moved to Borussia Dortmund this summer.


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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
3Filip DaemsDefender
4Roel BrouwersDefender
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
18J. ArangoMidfielder
34Granit XhakaMidfielder
10Igor De CamargoStriker
19Mike HankeStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
17Oscar WendtDefender
5Alexander RingMidfielder
8Lukas RuppMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
15Peniel Kokou MlapaStriker
31Branimir HrgotaStriker
Players to Watch
Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
There's no hiding it: Mats Hummels has been some way away from his best form in recent weeks. And with Borussia Dortmund set for a grueling run of fixtures as they look to stop Bayern Munich from running away with the Bundesliga title and prevent another humiliating early exit from the Champions League. There is no better place for him to start than by putting in an assured performance against Borussia Monchengladbach and getting a much-needed confidence boost for the clash with Manchester City.
Patrick Herrmann
Patrick Herrmann
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The departure of Marco Reus has clearly hit Borussia Monchengladbach hard, and although much of the burden of replacing him has fallen on record signing Luuk de Jong, Patrick Herrmann must be expected to step up and shoulder some of the weight. And, in recent weeks, he has responded, not least with a sumptuous goal against Bayer Leverkusen last week. If the youngster is at his best on the right wing, he is more than capable of exposing Marcel Schmelzer, who has been in poor form in recent weeks.
Borussia Dortmund may not be in the form that they were at the tail end of last season, but Borussia Monchengladbach have been equally, if not more, disappointing so far this term. Jurgen Klopp has been adamant in his demands for defensive improvement, and although the visitors boast an impressive front line, I'd expect the hosts to edge them out and put in a far better performance than the ones we have seen in recent weeks.
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