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  • November 27, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 80100

Borussia Dortmund - Fortuna Dusseldorf Preview: Klopp's side hope to take advantage of home comforts

Borussia Dortmund - Fortuna Dusseldorf Preview: Klopp's side hope to take advantage of home comforts


The reigning Bundesliga champions beat Mainz 2-1 on Saturday and will be confident of continuing their rich vein of form against Norbert Meier's struggling side



Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer
Bender, Gundogan
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus

Levels, Langeneke, Juanan, Van den Bergh
Garbuschewski, Bodzek, Lambertz, Bellinghausen, Kruse, Rafael

This might well be Borussia Dortmund's third game inside six days but Jurgen Klopp's side are showing no signs of slowing just yet.

If anything, an intense programme of fixtures appears to have brought the best out of BVB and they head into Tuesday's encounter on a run of four consecutive victories.

Quite how much Saturday's hard-fought victory over Mainz has taken out of the reigning Bundesliga champions remains to be seen, but the visit of lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf will give the home side confidence of extending their rich vein of form.

Norbert Meier's side beat Hamburg 2-0 at the weekend, but prior to that much needed win the division's newcomers had lost two of their previous three games.

The club's patchy home form has been their Achillees heel so far this season, with Saturday's success their first win of the campaign at the ESPRIT Arena and they will hope a marginally improved away record sees them spring a surprise on Dortmund.

Dusseldorf will have to do without Dani Schahin, Stelios Malezas, Oliver Fink and Bruno Soares through injury, while Dortmund are missing Sebastian Kehl and Patrick Owomoyela.

  • Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park holds 80,645 supporters.
  • The reigning Bundesliga champions have won the league title eight times in their history.
  • Robert Lewandowski (right) has now scored 12 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions following his double in the 2-1 win over Mainz on Saturday.
  • BVB have won four, drawn one and lost one of their six home games this season.
  • Dusseldorf sit in 14th position in the league table ahead of the encounter.
  • Norbert Meier's side were promoted to the Bundesliga last season after finishing third in Germany's second tier.
  • A win for Tuesday's visitors could see them leap three places in the division to 11th position.


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1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
24Chris LöweDefender
-Koray GünterDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
36Fabian GieferGoalkeeper
37Leon-Aderemi BalogunDefender
23Johannes van den BerghDefender
11Axel BellinghausenDefender
13Adam BodzekDefender
-Ivan PaurevicMidfielder
17Andreas LambertzMidfielder
23Robbie KruseMidfielder
10Ken IlsöStriker
27Stefan ReisingerStriker
-Robert AlmerGoalkeeper
-Andre FomitschowMidfielder
-Evans Owusu NyarkoDefender
7Ronny GarbuschewskiMidfielder
11Nando RafaelStriker
-Gerrit WegkampStriker
11Dani SchahinStriker
Players to Watch
Sven Bender
Sven Bender
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 1 0
With Sebastian Kehl absent through injury, the 23-year-old has a wonderful chance to make an impression on Jurgen Klopp. He played the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 victory over Mainz and is likely to feature from the start again.
Robbie Kruse
Robbie Kruse
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker has made the joint highest number of appearances for the club this season but has just two goals to his name from those 13 games. And without top goalscorer Dani Schahin, a great deal of responsibility lays on the shoulders of Kruse to provide his side with an offensive threat.
Jurgen Klopp's side have hit a fine run of form at just the right time and the newly-promoted outfit will not have enough to come away with a result from Signal Iduna Park.
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