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  • December 8, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 80000
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Borussia Dortmund - Wolfsburg Preview: Hosts continue pursuit of Bayern Munich

Borussia Dortmund - Wolfsburg Preview: Hosts continue pursuit of Bayern Munich

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Having completed an unbeaten Champions League group stage campaign, Jurgen Klopp's side can now turn their attentions to the Bundesliga over the festive period

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Leitner
Kuba, Reus, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
WOLFSBURG

Benaglio
Fagner, Naldo, Kjaer, Schafer
Josue, Polak
Hasebe, Diego, Olic
Dost

Despite naming a second-string team for the clash with Manchester City on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund are expected to make minimal changes to the starting line-up for the visit of Wolfsburg.

Lukasz Piszczek has flu, but could make the XI, though Neven Subotic and Mario Gotze are injury doubts, with Kevin Grosskreutz and Felipe Santana waiting in the wings to replace him.

In midfield, Sven Bender (groin) and Sebastian Kehl (knee) are out, leaving Moritz Leitner to partner Ilkay Gundogan. Robert Lewandowski returns in place of Julian Schieber.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, are expected to make one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Hamburg last Sunday, with Josue stepping in for Vieirinha. That will allow Makoto Hasebe to take up his usual slot on the right-wing.

Vaclav Pilar is a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury, as is Patrick Helmes, while Hrvoje Cale and Marco Russ are both not registered for the squad.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday was just their second at home since they beat Real Madrid on October 24.
  • Robert Lewandowski currently sits joint-top of the Bundesliga goalscorer charts, alongside four other players - Stefan Kiessling, Mario Mandzukic, Alexander Meier and Adam Szalai.
  • BVB scored a total of eight goals against Wolfsburg last season, including a 5-1 win at Signal Iduna Park in which Mario Gotze (pictured, right) scored twice.
  • Wolfsburg and Dortmund have won three of the last four Bundesliga titles between them; the other (2009-10) went to Bayern Munich.
  • The Volkswagen Arena outfit have 16 points from their 15 Bundesliga games to date.
  • Bas Dost has scored five goals in his last seven, but failed to find the target in his last two games.

Players to watch

R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

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Robert Lewandowksi has well and truly hit his stride in recent weeks, with a prolific run of form in front of goal for the German champions. With Mario Gotze potentially missing out through injury, he will be more vital than ever to his side as they look to close the gap on Bayern Munich.

Diego

Position: Midfielder

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Wolfsburg's decision not to get rid of Diego in the summer has proved to be an inspired one, with the Brazilian putting in a series of excellent performances. He is his side's main creative spark, and will be vital to their chances of grabbing an unlikely win.

Editor's Prediction

Wolfsburg have enjoyed a revival of sorts since the dismissal of Felix Magath, but Borussia Dortmund are on a high after completing an excellent Champions League group stage campaign and will simply prove to be too strong for their visitors.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Borussia Dortmund

Wolfsburg

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
Draw
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg
80%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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