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  • February 24, 2013
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Borussia Monchengladbach-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Reus returns to former home

Borussia Monchengladbach-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Reus returns to former home

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The 23-year-old scored twice against his old club when the two sides met in September, and will be hoping to have a similar impact on Sunday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

GLADBACH

Ter Stegen
Jantschke, Stranz, Dominguez, Wendt
Marx, Nordtveit
Hanke, De Jong, Arango

DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Blaszczykowski, Reus, Grosskreutz
Gotze

Borussia Monchengladbach will be without the services of star man Patrick Herrmann, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during last week's 1-0 loss to Hamburg at the Imtech Arena, with Mike Hanke expected to replace him.

The only other absence will be Branimir Hrgota, who is building up fitness following a knee injury.

Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, are likely to field Mario Gotze as a makeshift striker thanks to the suspensions of Robert Lewandowski and Julian Schieber.

Kevin Grosskreutz will slot in on the left wing, but veteran defender Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Monchengladbach have won just one of their seven games since the turn of the year.
  • The biggest win in Bundesliga history came in this fixture - a 12-0 victory for the Foals in 1978.
  • The last two games at Borussia Park have ended in 3-3 draws - against Leverkusen and Lazio.
  • Borussia Dortmund clinched their Bundesliga title last season with a 2-0 win over Gladbach.
  • Marco Reus (pictured, right) joined BVB from Lucien Favre's side in the summer, and scored twice when the two sides met earlier this season.
  • Dortmund have won at Borussia Park just three times since the turn of the millennium, and just once in their last six visits to Gladbach.

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Available Squads
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
3Filip DaemsDefender
15Álvaro DomínguezDefender
17Oscar WendtDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
39Martin StranzlDefender
8Lukas RuppMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
-Amin YounesMidfielder
19Mike HankeStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
4Roel BrouwersDefender
5Alexander RingMidfielder
17Tolga CigerciMidfielder
34Granit XhakaMidfielder
9Luuk de JongStriker
15Peniel Kokou MlapaStriker
31Branimir HrgotaStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
21Oliver KirchMidfielder
5Felipe SantanaDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
-Bálint BajnerStriker
Players to Watch
Luuk de Jong
Luuk de Jong
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Reus having left Borussia Park, a lot was expected of De Jong when he signed from Twente, but he has largely failed to live up to expectations. However, he has undoubted ability, and if Gladbach are to get anything from their clash with Dortmund, they'll need a big performance from their No.9.
Marco Reus
Marco Reus
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
Reus has arguably been the signing of the summer since moving to Dortmund from Gladbach, put in a great performance when the two sides met in September, and is currently in a rich vein of form, so will be hoping to show his old employers what they are missing with a fine showing.
Prediction
Borussia Monchengladbach will certainly provide Dortmund with stern opposition, but I'd still expect the German champions to emerge victorious as they look to build up momentum ahead of a critical part of the season.
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