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  • December 11, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 80720

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Kaiserslautern

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Kaiserslautern

Bongarts 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.

  • 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.

Players to watch

R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

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The striker has established himself as Dortmund's first-choice forward and will be keen to further cement his place with a fine showing against FCK. Despite scoring once, the Polish international failed to convince in front of goal in the draw with Gladbach, and would hope to be sharper on Sunday.

C. Tiffert

Position: Midfielder

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The midfielder has somewhat fallen off the radar after an impressive campaign with Kaiserslautern last year, but has enough ability and class to make a difference against the reigning German champions. His ability to read the game and uncanny skill from set-pieces could play a major part on Sunday.

Editor's Prediction

Marco Kurz' men seem unable to get a win from anywhere just now, and they will have their work cut out on Sunday. This season Dortmund have always been able to deliver after playing in the Champions League in midweek, and it will be a surprise if that changes against Kaiserslautern.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK
1. FC Kaiserslautern Kaiserslautern

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 0
1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
4 - 0
1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK