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  • November 17, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: J. Drees
  • • Attendance: 80645
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Borussia Dortmund - Greuther Furth Preview: BVB look to build momentum against Bundesliga new boys

Borussia Dortmund - Greuther Furth Preview: BVB look to build momentum against Bundesliga new boys

Bongarts

With players' futures uncertain, back-to-back wins are a must for Jurgen Klopp's side as they attempt to rein in Bayern's title charge with victory over struggling visitors

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Kuba, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski
GREUTHER FURTH

Grun
Nehrig, Sobiech, Mavraj, Schmidtgal
Furstner, Prib
Sararer, Edu, Stieber
Asamoah

Jurgen Klopp will be relieved to get his side back on the pitch after a week of speculation surrounding the future of certain Borussia Dortmund players ahead of their encounter with Greuther Furth.

Croatian Ivan Perisic made clear his frustration at the lack of first team opportunities at BVB during an international break that also saw star striker Robert Lewandowski once again linked with a move to Manchester United, but the focus is now firmly back on the club's Bundesliga campaign.

On the injury front, die Schwarzgelben saw both Neven Subotic and Marcel Schmelzer withdraw from international duty during the week but the pair were able to train on Wednesday and should be available for Saturday after recovering from a groin strain and bruised foot respectively.

There is more good news for the champions fitness-wise as Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski came through a 20 minute run out for Poland unscathed, Klopp confirming that the winger is now back in his first team plans after a five-week lay-off.

However Dortmund will be without club captain Sebastian Kehl who misses out for the second week running with a knee problem.

Gruether Furth boss Michael Buskens will be forced into two changes ahead of Saturday after his side were reduced to nine men during their 4-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach last weekend.

Thomas Kleine and Milorad Pekovic were both dismissed during the Bavarian side’s loss and Edu and Lasse Sobiech could make the step up from the bench to replace them, with Edgar Prib moving to a deeper role in a midfield reshuffle.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund have the opportunity to win back-to-back games for the first time this season after their 3-1 victory over Augsburg last weekend.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side have only conceded three goals in five matches at Signal Iduna Park this season, keeping three clean sheets in the process.

  • BVB had four representatives in Germany’s starting line-up for their friendly against the Netherlands this week – more than any other club.
  • Greuther Furth have fared better on their travels this season, picking up six of their seven points away from the Trolli Arena.
  • Lasse Sobiech, who is in line to make his first start for the Kleeblatter, is currently on loan at the Bavarian outfit from Dortmund.

  • While this is Furth’s first season in the Bundesliga, the clubs met for the first time last season, when Ilkay Gundogan’s (pictured, right) freak extra-time strike gave Dortmund a 1-0 win in their DFB-Pokal semi-final. 

Players to watch

M. Reus

Position: Midfielder

Games: 4

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The 23-year-old Reus has been in scintillating form of late, notching a thunderous free-kick against Augsburg last weekend before putting in an excellent performance in Germany's friendly against Netherlands midweek. Look for the rapid winger linking up with fellow schemer Gotze as they look to ravage an already threadbare opposition.

E. Prib

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Edgar Prib may have shot to fame last year after his horrific miss against Eintracht Frankfurt during die Kleeblatter's promotion season but he has had better fortune in front of goal this season. The 22 year-old has already netted twice in the Bundesliga and has been an ever-present as an attacking option for Furth this season, although he may be forced to pick up a deeper role at Signal Iduna Park due to suspensions.

Editor's Prediction

I cannot see anything other than an easy home victory taking place at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday. While Greuther Furth have performed admirably on the road this season they are missing a couple of key figures and I think that will tell against a side of Dortmund's quality. The hosts have been almost watertight at home this season - conceding in only two of their five matches - and with Lewandowski boosted by his double last weekend he will undoubtedly be hungry to add to his tally of five so far this season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Greuther Fürth

Wins
3
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
SpVgg Greuther Fürth FUR
SpVgg Greuther Fürth Greuther Fürth
81%

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 0
SpVgg Greuther Fürth FUR
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
SpVgg Greuther Fürth FUR
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
4 - 0
SpVgg Greuther Fürth FUR

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