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  • January 28, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: K. Kircher
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Hoffenheim

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Hoffenheim

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Both sides have managed to avoid defeat since mid-December, but can the visitors really hope for three points against a home side in such a good vein of scoring form



PROBABLE LINEUPS

BORUSSIA DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
HOFFENHEIM

Hertha BSC
Starke
Beck, Williams, Vestergaard, Braafheid
Rudy, Salihovic
Johnson, Firmino, Mlapa
Babel

The home side will be without the services of heavily-lauded young attacker Mario Gotze, who was recently diagnosed with an inflammation of the cartilage in his pelvis, meaning the Germany international will be out for anything up to two months.

BVB will also miss long-term absentee Julian Koch, who is still in rehab after tearing his cruciate ligament. In better news, first-choice goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has recovered from a knock and is sure to start.

For Hoffenheim, Marvin Compper looks likely to miss out due to a knee problem, while Matthias Jaissle is still in rehabilitation. Isaac Vorsah will also be unavailable due to being at the Afcon, and Stefan Thesker is suspended.


DID YOU KNOW
  • Borussia Dortmund are undefeated in seven games, six of which have been wins. Their last defeat was to Marseille in the Champions League before the turn of the year.
  • Hoffenheim are undefeated in six games, although only three of them have been victories.
  • BVB's Robert Lewandowski is currently sitting in third place in the Bundesliga's top scorers chart this season with 14 goals. Hoffenheim's highest player in the table is Vedad Ibesevic with five.
  • The hosts have an astonishing four players in the Bundesliga's top-20 table for assists this term, amassing an impressive 21 between them. Hoffenheim have one player in the top 20, Fabian Johnson, who has four.
  • Hoffenheim skipper Andres Beck has the worst disciplinary record in the league this season with an incredible eight yellow cards to his name.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
19L. BarriosStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
2Andreas BeckDefender
16Fabian JohnsonDefender
28Edson BraafheidDefender
29Jannik VestergaardDefender
6Sebastian RudyMidfielder
28Daniel WilliamsDefender
17Tobias WeisMidfielder
10Roberto FirminoMidfielder
23Sejad SalihovicMidfielder
-Ryan BabelStriker
1Daniel HaasMidfielder
-Kevin ConradDefender
21Dominik KaiserMidfielder
12Tobias StroblMidfielder
-Joseph-Claude GyauMidfielder
8Knowledge MusonaStriker
15Peniel Kokou MlapaStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
Little can be said of the Polish hitman that hasn't already been said. In form, scoring goals and creating them, Lewandowski is a player all aspiring young strikers can look to for inspiration.
Andreas Beck
Andreas Beck
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 2
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
A truly interesting prospect for Saturday's game, keep an eye on how the often ill-tempered Germany international keeps tabs on the hugely talented Kevin Grosskreutz, or whichever attacking midfielder is charged with the task of making Beck's life uncomfortable down the flank.
Prediction
Dortmund have shipped only three goals in their last six matches without a single loss. In such red-hot form, boasting a plethora of attacking talent, expect the hosts to make a long day for Hoffenheim.
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