Out of sorts Bundesliga sides clash as both sides look to get their league campaigns back on track
|Hannover 96 (4-4-2): Zieler; Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Pander; Schmiedebach, Pinto, Stindl, Schlaudraff, Ya Konan
Norwegian striker Mohammed Abdellaoue was rushed back prematurely for Thursday's Europa League clash with Standard Liege and aggravated his injury, and will miss out on Sunday. Meanwhile Christian Pander will start at left back after recovering from flu - a timely recovery given Christian Schulz's absence through back problems and widsom teeth removal.
|Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Da Silva; Perisic, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Following Sven Bender's midweek injury against Arsenal, Ilkay Gundogan is set to start in midfield for the German champions. Mario Gotze and Sebastian Kehl are both still suspended, handing starts to Ivan Perisic and Antonio Da Silva, though youngster Mortiz Leitner could start in the place of the latter. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski will continue in the prolonged absence of Lucas Barrios.
- Hannover's Europa League tie with Standard Liege was signifies their first foray into European football since 1992 - when they lost in the first round of the Cup Winners' Cup.
- Injured striker Mohammed Abdellaoue (pictured right) has scored half of Hannover's Bundesliga goals this season.
- This tie comes 30 days since Hannover's last victory - a 2-1 victory over Sevilla in the Europa League play-off round.
- Dortmund put eight goals past Hannover last year - including a 4-0 victory at the AWD-Arena.
- The German champions have not lost to Hannover since 2007-08 - where they succumbed to the Lower Saxony side twice.
- Jurgen Klopp's men have gone four Bundesliga games without victory - longer than any winless streak they went through last season.