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  • March 17, 2012
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Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men look to extend their unbeaten run

Borussia Dortmund - Werder Bremen Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men look to extend their unbeaten run

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The visitors will be in dire need of victory as they pursue a Europa League place, but will face a stern task against the rampant hosts


PROBABLE LINEUPS


DORTMUND



Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Kehl, Gundogan
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski

WERDER BREMEN


Wiese
Fritz, Prodl, Sokratis, Hartherz
Junuzovic, Bargfrede, Ekici, Trybull
Fullkrug, Rosenberg

Jurgen Klopp will be sweating over the fitness of Sven Bender. The 22-year-old failed to train on Thursday with a heavy bout of flu, but Ilkay Gundogan is ready to move into the Germany international's stead if required.

Mario Gotze has resumed training after his lengthy injury spell, but will not be ready for Saturday's clash. Elsewhere, Julian Koch is training once more, but is not fit enough to feature.

The main headache for Werder Bremen will be their attacking options with Claudio Pizarro unavailable thanks to suspension and Marko Arnautovic's ligament injury.

Markus Rosenberg should fill in upfront, alongside 19-year-old Niclas Fullkrug, who will get a rare start.

Elsewhere, Aaron Hunt's groin injury will give Mehmet Ekici an opportunity to impress in an attacking midfield role, while Tim Borowski, Marko Marin and Naldo will all be missing.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Should Borussia Dortmund avoid defeat on Saturday, they will have gone 20 Bundesliga games without losing, a new club record.
  • Jurgen Klopp's men have not conceded a first-half goal since December 17, when Jan Rosenthal equalised in an eventual 4-1 win over Freiburg.
  • The last draw between these two teams in Dortmund occurred more than 11 years ago. Since then, there have been seven home wins and three away wins. 
  • Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf (right) has never lost twice to Borussia Dortmund in a single season since taking the job in 1999.
  • The Weserstadion side have scored six goals in their last four games, with six different players finding the net.
  • The suspended Claudio Pizarro has scored 40 per cent of Werder Bremen's total goal tally this campaign.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
21Sebastian MielitzGoalkeeper
3Francois AffolterDefender
15Sebastian PrödlDefender
25Sokratis PapastathopoulosDefender
26Florian HartherzDefender
8Clemens FritzDefender
17Aleksandar IgnjovskiMidfielder
10Mehmet EkiciMidfielder
16Zlatko JunuzovicMidfielder
25Tom TrybullMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
-Christian VanderGoalkeeper
17Sebastian BoenischDefender
13Lukas SchmitzDefender
18Mikael SilvestreDefender
18Felix KroosMidfielder
36Lennart ThyStriker
41Niclas FüllkrugStriker
Players to Watch
Shinji Kagawa
Shinji Kagawa
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Japan star has been in fantastic form of late, proving both a creative outlet and a goal-scorer in recent weeks. Werder Bremen will be intent on getting a positive result at Signal Iduna Park, and the 22-year-old could prove a link that proves vital for Dortmund as they pursue another victory.
Mehmet Ekici
Mehmet Ekici
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The young Turk rose from the bench and had an instant impact in last week's 3-0 victory over Hannover, setting up two of his side's three goals. Having made a slow, but steady start to his career at the Weserstadion, injuries to team-mates could provide a big opportunity to signal his first-team intentions.
Prediction
It's hard not to back Dortmund to win this encounter. Jurgen Klopp's men have been in fine form, and look set to record back-to-back Bundesliga titles. Werder Bremen, meanwhile, have been woefully inconsistent of late, and with Claudio Pizarro missing through injury, they will have a serious problem testing the hosts' resolute back four.
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