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  • April 30, 2011
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Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Nurnberg

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Nurnberg

Dortmund could wrap up the Bundesliga title on Saturday as they host Bavarian opponents Nurnberg.


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

Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, da Silva; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Grosskreutz; Barrios

Jurgen Klopp will have to do without long-term casualties Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa, Sebastian Khel, Patrick Owomoyela and Florian Kringe on Saturday. BVB have struggled somewhat of late, and the trainer may opt to make a few changes to his lineup. The left wing starting role that Kevin Grosskreutz has occupied all season long may be given to Mohamed Zidan, especially if the usual starter does not recover from a knock to his knee before Saturday. Also, Robert Lewandowski may be selected ahead of Lucas Barrios, who is suffering from a slight thigh injury.

Nurnberg (4-1-4-1)

Schafer; Chandler, Wollscheid, Wolfs, Pinola; Simons; Hegeler, Cohen, Ekici, Eigler; Schieber

Dieter Hecking has a near-full squad available, with only Mike Frantz and Albert Bunjaku ruled out of action. Right back Timothy Chandler is doubtful with a foot injury, and may be replaced by Juri Judt. The other question mark in Hecking's squad is whether Jens Hegeler will start on the right side of midfield, or if Ilkay Gundogan will assume a central role in his stead.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Dortmund have lost only one of their last 21 Bundesliga matches against Nurnberg (12 wins, eight draws).
  • The Bundesliga leaders have averaged just 1.6 goals per match since the winter break. In the first half of the season, they averaged 2.3.
  • BVB have not conceded more than one goal in any of their last 30 Bundesliga matches.
  • Lucas Barrios has scored four goals in two matches against Nurnberg.
  • Nurnberg have lost just one of their last seven away games (three wins, three draws).
  • Der Club have conceded just 10 goals in the 2011 calendar year. Only their opponents (nine) have conceded fewer.
  • Nurnberg midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was said to have agreed to personal terms of a switch to Dortmund earlier this week.
  • Dieter Hecking's side finished the first half of the season in 11th place. They have since advanced to sixth and are in the running for a Europa League berth.

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Players to watch

M. Götze

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Dortmund have struggled to score goals as of late, and the only in-form attacker among the Schwarz-Gelben is the 18-year old Gotze. He nearly had a pair of goals last week, and and in all likelihood will be the most dangerous man on the pitch on Saturday.

I. Gündogan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 19

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He may not start, but no matter the role he plays, the 20-year old will be one to watch. Gifted with the skill and vision of a playmaker and the ball-winning characteristics of a holding midfielder, Gundogan is one of the brightest prospects in German football. Incidentally, earlier this week he was rumoured to have agreed to terms of a transfer to Dortmund.

Editor's Prediction

Scoreless draws are uncommon in the Bundesliga, but Dortmund and Nurnberg have boasted the top two defences since the winter break. Both sides - BVB in particular - are more than capable of scoring, but this one just might end in a scoreless draw.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Nürnberg

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
1. FC Nürnberg FCN
1. FC Nürnberg Nürnberg
82%

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
1. FC Nürnberg FCN
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 0
1. FC Nürnberg FCN
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
1. FC Nürnberg FCN

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