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  • February 16, 2013
  • • 17:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund-Eintracht Frankfurt Preview: Champions hoping to bounce back from Hamburg loss

Borussia Dortmund-Eintracht Frankfurt Preview: Champions hoping to bounce back from Hamburg loss

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Jurgen Klopp's troops recorded an encouraging 2-2 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek, and will be hoping for another positive result against the top-four hopefuls

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender

Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Schieber
FRANKFURT

Trapp
Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka
Rode, Schwegler
Aigner, Meier, Inui
Lakic


Jurgen Klopp will be able to welcome Ilkay Gundogan back into the starting line-up after the Germany international sat out his side's 2-2 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. He should come into the team at the expense of Sebastian Kehl.

Neven Subotic is in line for a return to the fold after over a month out with a hamstring injury, but Felipe Santana could continue in his place. Finally, Julian Schieber will make a rare start up front in place of the suspended Robert Lewandowski.

Frankfurt, meanwhile, will be able to name a full-strength line-up for the trip to Signal Iduna Park, with only Martin Amedick set to miss out as he looks to build up fitness.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund have lost four games already this season, more than they did in the whole of 2011-12.
  • The German champions have beaten Eintracht Frankfurt more times than any other opponent.
  • Julian Schieber has not contributed to any goals in his 12 Bundesliga appearances this season.
  • Eintracht Frankfurt have only lost one of their last five matches with Dortmund.
  • Their coach, Armin Veh, has not come out on top against Dortmund in six encounters.
  • The top-four hopefuls have only lost once since the end of November. That came at Bayer Leverkusen, their last trip to North-Rhine Westphalia.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
-Bálint BajnerStriker
1Kevin TrappGoalkeeper
5Carlos ZambranoDefender
6Bastian OczipkaDefender
20Sebastian RodeMidfielder
23AndersonDefender
24Sebastian JungDefender
8Takashi InuiMidfielder
14Alexander MeierMidfielder
16Stefan AignerMidfielder
27Pirmin SchweglerMidfielder
9Srdjan LakicStriker
1Oka NikolovGoalkeeper
4Marco RussDefender
27Stefano CelozziDefender
13Martin LanigMidfielder
40Karim MatmourMidfielder
28Sonny KittelMidfielder
-Olivier OcceanStriker
Players to Watch
Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 15
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Germany defender may have slipped up for the second Shakhtar goal on Wednesday, but he showcased his strength of mind by netting a late equaliser, and his leadership will be needed once more against a tricky opponent.
Stefan Aigner
Stefan Aigner
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Frankfurt winger has been in good form since the turn of the year, scoring once and providing two assists, and with BVB looking vulnerable down the flanks against Hamburg, he will be hopeful of another fruitful afternoon.
Prediction
Eintracht Frankfurt have certainly proved themselves to be a stubborn opponents across the course of their remarkable run this season, but Dortmund will be eager to bounce back, and in spite of the absence of Robert Lewandowski, should come out on top.
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