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Borussia Dortmund And Schalke Play The Much Anticipated Match This Weekend

After an international break the bitter rivals compete against each other and hope to close the gap with league leaders Bayren Munich

Date- 20.10.2012

Kick Off- 14:30

Venue- Westfalenstadion

Capacity-  80,720

Probable Lineups:-

Borussia Dortmund- Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Kehl, Perisic, Reus, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski

Schalke- Unnerstall, Uchida, Matip, Howedes, Fuchs,Neustadter, Jones, Farfan, Holtby, Afellay, Huntelaar

Match Preview-

When Schalke comes to visit Borussia on Saturday, the hosts will be looking to recover from their sluggish start to the season and steer home some points. But what make things difficult for them are the injuries to key players. Both their key defenders are not sure to take part in the match. Matt Hummels missed Germany’s match against Sweden where the Germans lost a 4 goal advantage. Marcel Schmelzer is also suffering from an injury and is not 100 percent match fit. Jakub Błaszczykowski and Patrick Owomoyela are also out of action leaving the Borussia midfield vulnerable. What wil inspire them is the form the form that Marco Reus showed while playing for Germany against Republic of Ireland. With the Schale defence suffering because of injury problems, Reus will be main man for Dortmund.

Meanwhile Schalke have their own set of problems with Kyriakos Papadopoulos not playing for them due to an injury. The defence is bound to pose much problem for manager Huub Stevens and increasing dependence much more on Benedikt Howedes, whose primary job would be to keep Reus out of goal. Schalke are now 2 points clear of Dortmund and after today’s match would like to move 5 points ahead of them, although it would be a challenge for them to hold the Dortmund attacking force and prevent them from running a riot.

Our Prediction- Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Schalke