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  • August 5, 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 80720
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Hamburg

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Hamburg

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The German top flight kicks off its new season as the defending champions take on potential dark horses HSV at Signal Iduna Park


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Dortmund (4-2-3-1)

Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Lowe; Bender, Gundogan; Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski

Marcel Schmelzer is back in training but the defender not quite fit to play, nor is substitute right-back Patrick Owomoyela. Jurgen Klopp will have to make a tactical decision between Sven Bender and Sebastian Kehl in defensive midfield. Long-term casualties Lucas Barrios, Julian Koch and Marvin Bakalorz are still a few weeks or more from being fit, and are ruled out.

Hamburg (4-2-3-1)

Drobny; Diekmeier, Mancienne, Westermann, Aogo; Kacar, Jarolim; Tore, Son, Elia; Petric

Michael Oenning has decided on the majority of his squad, but there are two question marks outstanding: either Gojko Kacar or Tomas Rincon will start in defensive midfield, and in the centre of attack behind Mladen Petric there is still uncertainty as to whether Heung-Min Son or Jose Paolo Guerrero will be given the nod. Jeffrey Bruma is not expected to make the matchday squad, and will likely join Jacopo Sala, Miroslav Stepanek, Tolgay Arslan and Marcus Berg in the stands. New signing Per Skjelbred also has been omitted from the squad.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Dortmund have won and kept a clean sheet in each of their last three home games against Hamburg, but have never beaten them more than three times in a row on home soil.
  • Borussia have conceded more goals against Hamburg than against any other team in the Bundesliga (62).
  • Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 16 home games (12 wins, four draws).
  • Hamburg have netted more away goals against BVB than against any other side in the league
  • HSV have not lost on the opening day of the Bundesliga since 2004 (three wins, three draws).
  • The Redshorts have not won any of their last five away games in the Bundesliga (three draws, two defeats).

Players to watch

M. Götze

Position: Midfielder

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Tipped by some to be the Bundesliga's player of the year, the youngster has looked superb in pre-season and will be keen to jump out of the gate with a convincing performance against some difficult opposition.

Heung-Min Son

Position: Attacker

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Just 19 years of age, the South Korean has proven himself under Michael Oenning and looks to be on the verge of a real breakthrough season. He already scored twice on Bayern Munich in a test match; now he has a chance to convince on the grand stage as the season begins.

Editor's Prediction

Both teams had successful pre-season runs, but when they met in the Liga TOTAL! Cup, BVB were decidedly better. Even short of a couple starters, the defending champions should be favourites to start their season on a high note.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Hamburger SV

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
Hamburger SV HSV
Hamburger SV Hamburger SV
83%

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
Hamburger SV HSV
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
Hamburger SV HSV
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 1
Hamburger SV HSV

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