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  • April 28, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern
  • Referee: M. Schmidt
  • • Attendance: 49780
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Kaiserslautern - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Gotze set for return as Jurgen Klopp's men look to smash another Bundesliga record

Kaiserslautern - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Gotze set for return as Jurgen Klopp's men look to smash another Bundesliga record

Bongarts

BVB can equal Werder Bremen's landmark for most points gained on the road in the league with a victory over Krassimir Balakov's side on Saturday afternoon

  PROBABLE LINEUP
KAISERSLAUTERN


Sippel
Dick, Abel, Rodnei, Bugera
Borysiuk
Fortounis, Tiffert, De Wit, Sahan
Wooten
BORUSSIA DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Kehl
Gotze, Kagawa, Perisic
Lewandowski

Kaiserslautern coach Krassimir Balakov will have to do without the services of a few key players ahead of the clash with the reigning Bundesliga champions. Defender Jan Simunek is recovering from an injury and will be joined on the sidelines by attacker Dorge Kouemaha.

Mario Gotze is expected to finally make his return from injury for BVB after being out of action since January 2012. He will replace Jakub Blaszczykowski in the starting XI as the Polish attacker has picked up an infection and will miss Saturday's game.

The last absentee for Borussia Dortmund is Julian Koch, who is unlikely to feature for Jurgen Klopp's men in the current campaign.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund have defeated Kaiserslautern just once in the 19 games between the two clubs at the Fritz Walter Stadion.
  • Jurgen Klopp's men successfully defended their Bundesliga crown last week after a 2-0 win over Monchengladbach at the Signal Iduna Park.
  • Dortmund can equal the league record for most away points in a season (37) with a victory on Saturday.
  • Kaiserslautern have been relegated to the second tier of German football, the third time in their history they have been demoted from the Bundesliga.
  • The Red Devils recorded their first league victory since late October 2011 last Saturday when they beat Hertha Berlin 2-1. It also ended a run of six straight league defeats.
  • Despite Kaiserslautern's good home record against Dortmund, they have won just twice in their own backyard this season in the Bundesliga, against Mainz and Freiburg.

Players to watch

C. Tiffert

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Kaiserslautern's player of the season in the previous campaign has failed to replicate his form this term, but his quality is undeniable. His superb vision and excellent delivery from set-pieces could cause plenty of trouble for BVB's rear guard.

M. Götze

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The 19-year-old is set to return after a long recovery process, and will be keen to get some minutes under his belt before Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. The attacker will cause plenty of trouble for Kaiserslautern's defence with his technique and dribbling.

Editor's Prediction

Despite having little to play for expect Dortmund to bag the three points on Saturday. Kaiserslautern will put up a fierce fight, but Jurgen Klopp's men have the quality to claim victory even if they are not giving their all.

Last Five Matches

Kaiserslautern

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  • W
  • W
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Head To Head

Kaiserslautern

Borussia Dortmund

Wins
0
2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK
1. FC Kaiserslautern Kaiserslautern
Draw
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
86%

Top 3 Predictions

1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK
0 - 3
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK
0 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
1. FC Kaiserslautern FCK
0 - 4
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB

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