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  • November 27, 2010
  • • 17:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 79200

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Moenchengladbach

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Moenchengladbach looks at the Saturday evening Bundesliga game between top of the table Dortmund and bottom side Moenchengladbach...

Borussia Looking To Show Gulf In Quality

With Dortmund flying high at the top of the table, the club this week announced that head coach Jurgen Klopp has signed a new deal which will run until 2014. So it is far to say confidence at the club is at an all-time high at the moment as they head into this weekend's game versus bottom of the table Moenchengladbach.

Die Borussian were able to stage a late comeback to defeat Freiburg 2-1 last week, a win that many see as the sign of a champion. With 11 wins from a possible 13, many will expect BVB to make lightwork of defeating a side who have only won two games all season. However Klopp is cautious and is expecting a "real tough match."

"If you know a thing or two about football then you also know that this team has some fine attacking players," the coach told Borussia's official website.

However, despite his opposition's apparent strength in attack Klopp is fully aware of the threat his own side pose to any opposition.

"If we go into the match with maximum focus, we are an awkward team to play against."

Despite their fantastic form, the home team will be left sweating on the availability of star striker Lucas Barrios and right-back Lukasz Piszczek. It is the Polish defender's possible absence which could prove to be the danger with Borussia without a recognised right-back (Patrick Owomoyela out until the new year).

With Felipe Santana on stand-by to come into the starting eleven, the Brazilian could be in for a tricky evening up against tricky young winger Marco Reus who gave Phillipp Lahm the runaround three weeks ago in a 3-3 draw against the champions.

A massive 24 points separate these two in the league but those expecting a Dortmund rout may be in for a surprise with Gladbach desperate to avoid defeat.

Gladbach Aim To Cause Upset Despite Crippling Injury-List

Sitting bottom of the Bundesliga, things like decidedly glum for Micharl Frontzeck's men at the moment. With a never-ending injury list, a visit to the Bundesliga leaders will surely provide a huge challenge for die Fohlen but a positive result could prove to be the catalyst in the club's season.

If Gladbach are going to produce the shock result of the weekend in the Bundesliga, their going to have to do so without a string of first-team players with defenders especially in short supply.

“This is an exceptional situation, the like of which I’ve never seen before. It’s not unusual to have one or two injuries. But in our case it’s very unusual for it to be limited to the defenders,”  Borussia boss Michael Frontzeck told reporters at Thursday’s press conference.

The coach was of course talking about the amount of defenders unavailable for the game on Saturday evening. 'Keeper Logan Bailly, Roel Brouwers, Dante, Jean-Sebastien Jaures, Bernhard Janeczek and Christian Dorda have all been definitely ruled out while Bamba Anderson and Marcel Meeuwis are massive doubts.

Regardless of who starts in defence, Frontzeck is confident his side will give their best versus Dortmund.

"“From what I’ve read, the only point of discussion is the scale of the victory. We’ll be fully focused going into this game. We’ll give 100 per cent and attempt to do all we can to give as good as we get," the coach told the German media.


Borussia Dortmund

The league leaders have a few fresh injury concerns with both Lukasz Piszczek and Lucas Barrios rated doubtful for the visit of Moenchengladbach. If both players fail late fitness tests then expect Felipe Santana and Robert Lewandowski to fill in respectively. Jurgen Klopp may also choose to give Kevin Grosskreutz a rest with Jakub Blaszczykowski likely to deputise if he does. Die Schwarzgelben's other absentees include Sebastian Kehl (muscle injury), Patrick Owomoyela (achilles) and Florian Kringe (broken metatarsal).

Probably Starting XI: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Sahin, Bender - Goetze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz - Barrios

Borussia Moenchengladbach

Die Fohlen are expected to name the same starting line up who lost at home to Mainz last weekend. Belgian 'keeper Logan Bailly and defender Roel Brouwers both miss the Dortmund game with muscle tears. The away side will also be without Dante (foot), Jean-Sebastien Jaures (knee), Tony Jantschke (broken metatarsal) and Marcel Meeuwis (flu).

Probable Starting XI:
Heimeroth - Levels, Anderson, Daems, Schachten - Arango, Marx, Bradley, Reus - de Camargo, Bobadilla

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Players to watch

S. Kagawa

Position: Midfielder

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With Moenchengladbach's lack of defenders, the Japanese playmaker will be under pressure to take advantage of this by create chances for his attack. With Lucas Barrios looking doubtful for the game, Kagawa could be given the task of supplying Robert Lewandowski. The two will have to gel fast if they are to take advantage of Gladbach's makeshift defence.

M. Reus

Position: Attacker

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The diminutive winger has been one of a few positives to come out of Gladbach's poor start to the season. His playing style has already drawn understandable comparisons to Marko Marin and his two goals in last week's 3-2 defeat to Mainz will ensure the ex-Dortmund youth player will be high in confidence ahead of Saturday's showdown.

Editor's Prediction

With Dortmund's dominance of the Bundesliga and Moenchengladbach's very poor start, a home win is surely on the cards. However, expect the away side to be up for this one while ensuring BVB  have to work very hard if they are to get all three points.

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