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  • April 7, 2012
  • • 14:30
  • • VOLKSWAGEN ARENA, Wolfsburg
  • Referee: C. Dingert
  • • Attendance: 30000
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Wolfsburg - Dortmund Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men look to leave Stuttgart disappointment behind them at Volkswagen Arena

Wolfsburg - Dortmund Preview: Jurgen Klopp's men look to leave Stuttgart disappointment behind them at Volkswagen Arena

Bongarts

The champions surrendered a two-goal lead last week against Bruno Labbadia, but can afford no such slip-ups against against one of Bundesliga's in-form sides


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WOLFSBURG


Benaglio
Trasch, Russ, Felipe Lopes, Rodriguez

Dejagah, Josue, Polak, Schafer
Helmes, Mandzukic



DORTMUND


Weidenfeller
Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer
Bender, Gundogan
Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
 

Wolfsburg are expected to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Hertha Berlin 4-1 in the German capital last week, with Josue retaining his place above Petr Jiracek, and Patrick Helmes starting up front alongside Mario Mandzukic.

Chris and Bjarne Thoelke will be missing at the back due to a thigh and tendon problems respectively, while Thomas Hitzlsperger and Slobodan Medojevic remain sidelined.

Jurgen Klopp is set to make one change from the team that drew 4-4 with Stuttgart last Friday. After another good performance, Ilkay Gundogan should retain his place in midfield ahead of Sebastian Kehl, who will make way for Sven Bender, who is back to full fitness.

Meanwhile, Mario Gotze is expected to make his long-awaited comeback this week-end, but only for the club's reserve ranks, and will accordingly miss the Wolfsburg clash. Felipe Santana remains sidelined, as does Julian Koch, who returned to training this week for the first time in over a year.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Wolfsburg have won all of their last four league games, scoring 12 goals in the process.
  • However, Felix Magath's side have kept just six clean sheets in their 28 Bundesliga matches this season.
  • Patrick Helmes has scored six goals in his last six games.
  • Borussia Dortmund are currently in the midst of a 22-game unbeaten run in the league - the longest in the club's history.
  • Shinji Kagawa (right) has scored nine goals in his last 11 matches.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side picked up a 5-1 victory over Wolfsburg on Matchday 12.

Players to watch

P. Helmes

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The former Koln man has been showcasing some of his best form in recent weeks, after spending much of the season on the fringes at the Volkswagen Arena. Having been touted with a Germany recall, there will be no better way to show Joachin Low that he is worthy of a place in his Euro 2012 squad than dealing a decisive blow to BVB's title aspirations.

I. Gündogan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 19

  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
Having struggled to find his feet at Borussia Dortmund when he first arrived, Ilkay Gundogan has rocketed into form in recent weeks. With Wolfsburg certain to provide a tough test in midfield, the 21-year-old's wide range of passing could be what the visitors need to gain an advantage over Felix Magath's side.

Editor's Prediction

When push comes to shove, Borussia Dortmund have not failed to deliver in the Bundesliga this season. Klopp's men will be well-aware that they cannot afford any more slip-ups this season, and with Bayern Munich breathing down their necks, I'd expect them to perform and come out on top.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Wolfsburg

Borussia Dortmund

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

VfL Wolfsburg WOB
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg
Draw
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund
23%
68%

Top 3 Predictions

VfL Wolfsburg WOB
1 - 3
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
0 - 3
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
VfL Wolfsburg WOB
2 - 1
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB

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