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  • March 30, 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart
  • Referee: D. Aytekin
  • • Attendance: 60000
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Stuttgart-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to maintain their grip on second place

Stuttgart-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to maintain their grip on second place

Bongarts

As the title is now within Bayern’s grasp, the reigning champions will hope to take three points from mid-table Stuttgart as they try to finish runners-up

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STUTTGART

Ulreich
Sakai, Tasci, Niedermeier, Boka
Gentner
Harnik, Holzhauser, Okazaki, Traore
Ibisevic
BORUSSIA DORTMUND

Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Subotic, Santana, Schmelzer
Gundogan, Bender
Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund went into the international break on the back of a 5-1 trouncing of Freiburg and will look to pick up where they left off when they visit Stuttgart in one of Saturday’s early kick-offs.

Sven Bender, who missed Germany’s match against Kazakhstan after coming down with the flu, has recovered and will start alongside Ilkay Gundogan in the centre of midfield. Defender Mats Hummels remains sidelined with an ankle injury, however, and will once again be replaced by Felipe Santana.

Winger Jakub Blaszczykowski has had some recent discomfort with an adductor muscle, and while he still may start at Mercedes-Benz Arena, Kevin Grosskreutz is ready should a stand-by be required. If so, Mario Gotze would move over to the right with Marco Reus sliding into the middle.

Stuttgart come into Saturday’s match without full-back Cristian Molinaro and defensive midfielder William Kvist, both of whom are suspended, and striker Cacau is still recovering from knee surgery.

Coach Bruno Labbadia may also have to make do without midfielders Johan Audel and Tunay Torun, both of whom have minor knocks.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund have won only three of their previous six Bundesliga matches and currently sit 20 points back of leaders Bayern Munich with eight rounds left to play.
  • Dortmund’s 5-1 win at home to Freiburg on March 16 represented the third time this season they had hit a quintuple, having previously accomplished the feat against Borussia Monchengladbach and Werder Bremen.
  • Dortmund have five players (Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Lukasz Piszczek, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski (pictured,right)) with at least five Bundesliga assists so far this season.
  • Stuttgart have won just two of their last 10 matches — a streak dating all the way back to mid-December. They are presently 12th in the standings.
  • Stuttgart have kept just three clean sheets since the first week of November.
  • The last four matches between these two sides all ended in draws, including a 4-4 thriller at Dortmund a year ago.

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1Sven UlreichGoalkeeper
2Gotoku SakaiDefender
26Felipe Aliste LopesDefender
6Georg NiedermeierDefender
15Arthur BokaDefender
-Antonio RüdigerDefender
-Ibrahima TraoreMidfielder
20Christian GentnerMidfielder
44Alexandru Iulian MaximMidfielder
7Martin HarnikStriker
9Vedad IbisevicStriker
23Marc ZieglerGoalkeeper
-Benedikt RöckerDefender
6Tim HooglandDefender
26Raphael HolzhauserMidfielder
-Rani KhediraMidfielder
30Tamas HajnalMidfielder
27Federico MachedaStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
7Oliver KirchMidfielder
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
32Leonardo BittencourtMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
Players to Watch
Martin Harnik
Martin Harnik
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

He scored for Austria during the week and has bagged five Bundesliga goals so far this season. But his most important contributions are made on the right flank, where he wins his battles more often than not and provides quality service for Vedad Ibisevic. Dortmund left-back Marcel Schmelzer will be in for a long night.

Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

He is becoming the player everyone thought he would be before a serious injury in the first half of last season set his development back for several months. He has excelled in Shinji Kagawa’s old role just behind Robert Lewandowski, and at 20, is already one of the most exciting players in German football.

Prediction

Stuttgart’s woeful defensive record doesn’t bode well for them, especially given the firepower Dortmund will bring to the match. No doubt the guests will be thinking ahead to next week’s Champions League quarter-final away to Malaga, but they should still have little trouble taking all three points here.

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