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  • October 29, 2011
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  • • Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
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Bundesliga Preview: Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga Preview: Stuttgart v Borussia Dortmund

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Goal.com previews the action as Jurgen Klopp's men visit the Swabians, aiming to tighten their grip on second spot in the league, and keep the pressure on Bayern Munich


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

STUTTGART

Ulreich
Boulahrouz, Tasci, Maza, Molinaro
Kvist, Kuzmanovic
Harnik, Hajnal, Okazaki
Cacau
BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Bender
, Kehl
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
Bruno Labbadia is likely to stick with the personnel and formation that helped the Swabians battle to a 2-2 draw against Nurnberg last week, but could opt to rotate his squad with Artur Boka and Georg Niedemeier in with a chance to be included in starting line-up.

Stuttgart will have to do without the services of Johan Audel, captain Matthieu Delpierre, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Julian Schieber, who are still working their way back to fitness.

Changes are unlikely in Borussia Dortmund's first XI, after the 5-0 trashing of Koln in the last round. The definite absentees for BVB are Patrick Owomoyela, Julian Koch and Mohamed Zidan, who are injured.

Attacking midfielder Ivan Perisic returns from suspension after his red card against Werder Bremen, but is expected to start from the bench.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stuttgart has achieved 38 wins against Borussia Dortmund. The Swabians have a better record only against Schalke.
  • Tamas Hajnal is set for a reunion with BVB, with whom he spent two and a half years.
  • Stuttgart have lost just once in their last six games, picking up a solitary draw.
  • Borussia Dortmund have won their last four Bundesliga matches in a row, which has happened for the first time this year. 
  • Robert Lewandowski has scored seven goals and assisted two since matchday one.
  • BVB have not conceded in 327 minutes in the Bundesliga, netting 13 times in the process.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Sven UlreichGoalkeeper
3Cristian MolinaroDefender
5Serdar TasciDefender
21Khalid BoulahrouzDefender
2Javi MartínezMidfielder
4William Kvist JörgensenMidfielder
17Zdravko KuzmanovicMidfielder
30Tamas HajnalMidfielder
7Martin HarnikStriker
18CacauStriker
23Shinji OkazakiStriker
23Marc ZieglerGoalkeeper
27Stefano CelozziDefender
34Patrick BauerDefender
10Timo GebhartMidfielder
-Ibrahima TraoreMidfielder
20Christian GentnerMidfielder
36Christoph HemleinStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19L. BarriosStriker
Players to Watch
Martin Harnik
Martin Harnik
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The Austrian has been Stuttgart's stand-out player this season, and has emerged as a leader of the team's attack. His aggressive and intensive gameplay is likely to cause Borussia Dortmund much trouble.
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
3 1 0 0
Gotze scored his first Bundesliga goal against Stuttgart last year, and has always been on target against the Swabians ever since. Bruno Labbadia's men have been susceptible to fast counter-attacks, and with 'Super Mario' facing Molinaro on the wing, do not bet on the German international to go home empty-handed.
Prediction
Dortmund seem to be finally getting back on track in the league, but winning away to in-form Stuttgart could be a bridge too far for now. The Swabians are a volatile and unpredictable team, and their unbeaten run is bound to end at a point. However, given the history of this fixture, this is unlikely to happen on Saturday.
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