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  • November 5, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: J. Drees
  • • Attendance: 80720

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg

Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg

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Jurgen Klopp's hosts are in fine form as they welcome Felix Magath's charges, who have they been struggling on the road this term



Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender, Kehl
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz

Ochs, Kyrgiakos, Russ, Schafer
Trasch, Josue
Hasebe, Koo, Dejagah

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp revealed on Thursday that Moritz Leitner should be fit in time for Saturday's game after being forced off with muscular cramping in midweek. He could take Sven Bender's place as Sebastian Kehl's anchor partner should the 22-year-old fail to get back to full fitness following a foot injury. Bender, however, is tipped to resume full training on Friday.

Patrick Owomyela remains sidelined along with long-term absentee Julian Koch, but Klopp will have a selection headache in attack as Lucas Barrios is back to full fitness. The coach will have to decide whether to swap out Robert Lewandowski with the Paraguayan or let the Poland international continue his good work.

For Wolfsburg, Patrick Ochs is expected to slot into right-back, meaning Makoto Hasebe will be afforded a more attacking role. Coach Felix Magath will have to make do without the use of Thomas Hitzlsperger and Srdan Lakic, who are both sidelined with knee injuries.

  • Despite a shaky start to their 2011-12 Bundesliga campaign, Dortmund have the second highest goal difference in the league: +13, while Bayern Munich sit top with +27.
  • You have to go back to 2009 to find Wolfsburg's last win against Dortmund, a 3-0 triumph at the Volkswagen Arena in which now-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko scored two and assisted one.
  • Not a good game for superstitious fans of Die Wolfe; the visitors are the only team in the Bundesliga who currently sit on 13 points.
  • Wolfsburg have failed to win in their last five away games.
  • Dortmund have not lost any of their last five matches on home soil.
  • Lucas Barrios has yet to score for BVB this season, with his last goal coming for Paraguay at this summer's Copa America.

Players to watch

S. Kagawa

Position: Midfielder

Games: 8

  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
Since coming back from a horrific leg injury, the young Japanese has been slowly gaining momentum. Equal on goals scored with fellow string-puller Mario Gotze but slightly lower down the assist ranking, Kagawa will be looking to keep his name in the headlines with another fine performance in front of his own fans.

M. Mandžukić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
With seven goals and two assists to his name already this term, Mandzukic is easily Wolfsburg's biggest threat - and they will be looking to him to provide some of his patented magic if they are to pick anything up from this testy encounter.

Editor's Prediction

BVB are hitting their stride in the Bundesliga, while Wolfsburg are dire away from home this term. However, Midweek Champions League duties and some mild fitness issues could see the visitors sneak a goal past their in-form opponents.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg

Top 3 Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
2 - 0
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 1
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
3 - 0
VfL Wolfsburg WOB