Goal.com previews the action as the reigning German champions take on Marco Kurz' relegation candidates at the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Da Silva
Kuba, Kagawa, Gotze
Dick, Amedick, Abel, Bugera
Tiffert, De Wit
Sahan, Shechter, Fortounis
Jurgen Klopp is facing an injury crisis in the holding midfield positions as Moritz Leitner, Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender are all out of the game on Sunday. Ilkay Gundogan is almost certain to start against Marco Kurz' men, but his partner in the double pivot is as-yet unknown.
Antonio da Silva is the prime candidate to line up next to the Germany international, but there is also the distant possibility that one of Kevin Grosskreutz or Mats Hummels could slot in. Mario Gotze is also a question mark for the match due to an adductor strain, with Grosskreutz or Ivan Perisic the potential stand-ins. Centre-half Neven Subotic is definitely out of the match, as he is recuperating from a facial injury that he picked up against Wolfsburg.
Kaiserslautern will have to do without the services of midfielders Chadli Amri, Jiri Bilek and Gil Vermout, who have all been sidelined with different knocks. Bulgarian striker Ilian Micanski also misses the game on Sunday as he is still working his way back to full fitness.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Borussia Dortmund have not lost to Kaiserslautern in seven years. FCK last won against BVB in 2004, courtesy of a penalty by Ferydoon Zandi.
- Jurgen Klopp's men have emerged victorious in 10 of their last 11 home games.
- Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller played for Kaiserslautern from 2000 to 2002. FCK won all but one of the eight matches in which he played.
- Kaiserslautern are on a five-game winless streak in the Bundesliga, picking up only three points in the process.
- FCK are currently the only team in the league to regularly field an all-German back line.
- Coach Marco Kurz and defenders Mathias Abel and Martin Amedick are all former Dortmund players.