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  • August 20, 2011
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  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
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Bundesliga preview: Borussia Dortmund - Nurnberg

Bundesliga preview: Borussia Dortmund - Nurnberg

The reigning Bundesliga champions will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Hoffenheim last Saturday as they take on Dieter Hecking's men in a thrilling encounter


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

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

Jurgen Klopp will have to do without the services of first-choice striker Lucas Barrios, who will join defenders Patrick Owomoyela and Julian Koch as well as midfielder Marvin Bakalorz on the sidelines.

Neven Subotic and Marcel Schmelzer are set to return to the starting line-up after a long recuperation period as Dortmund aim to get back on track with a win against Nurnberg on Saturday.


Nurnberg (4-1-4-1)

Rakovsky;
Chandler, Wollscheid, Klose, Pinola; Simons; Mak, Feulner, Cohen, Eigler; Pekhart

First-choice goalkeeper Raphael Schafer picked an injury on Thursday and will sit out the game against the defending Bundesliga champions. 18-year-old talent Patrick Rakovsky is set to deputise for the veteran, who will join defender Per Nilsson and midfielders Manuel Zeitz, Daniel Didavi and Mike Frantz on the list of absentees.

Ex-Borussia Dortmund midfielder Markus Feulner is set to start against his former club on Saturday.


DID YOU KNOW?
 

  • Borussia Dortmund have kept four clean sheets in their last five games against Nurnberg.
  • The Bundesliga champions has lost just once in their last 22 games against the Club.
  • BVB have not lost at home in the Bundesliga in 17 games.
  • Nurnberg have lost all of their games against Dortmund since Jurgen Klopp took over the reigns at the Signal-Iduna-Park.
  • The Club has recorded 17 draws against BVB, more than against any other team.
  • It will be a special game for Nurnberg's Markus Feulner and Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan, who will both play against a former club on Saturday.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
22Patrick RakovskyGoalkeeper
25Horacio Javier PinolaDefender
4Philipp WollscheidDefender
37Timothy ChandlerDefender
5Timm KloseDefender
14Markus FeulnerMidfielder
13Jens HegelerMidfielder
18Almog CohenMidfielder
2Timmy SimonsMidfielder
8Christian EiglerStriker
9Tomas PekhartStriker
30Alexander StephanGoalkeeper
6Dominik MarohDefender
21Marvin PlattenhardtDefender
16Juri JudtMidfielder
14Robert MakMidfielder
31Julian WießmeierMidfielder
27Markus MendlerMidfielder
Players to Watch
Kevin Großkreutz
Kevin Großkreutz
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Germany international can always be relied upon to hit the back of the net, and will be expected to dominated the flank with his supernatural work-rate and dynamic style on Saturday. With Gotze, Kagawa & co. well rested, Grosskreutz is likely to find it much easier to score this week.
Tomas Pekhart
Tomas Pekhart
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young striker has taken the Bundesliga by storm, bagging two goals in two games so far. The ex-Tottenham man, together with sharpshooter Markus Feulner, will have to be on the top of their game if they are to take anything from this match.
Prediction
The Club do not have the best of records against the reigning Bundesliga champions, and this is not expected to change on Saturday. With Dortmund's backline returning to its usual схап, and with Klopp's attackers well rested, BVB are expected to pick up the three points.
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