Bundesliga Preview: Borussen Derby (Sun)


Squad members who left travelled on international duty reported back yesterday, and the club reports no injury doubts after the majority of the squad played two games over the long weekend. Lars Bender and Steven Jovetic are also available after recovering from knocks that kept them out of the Super Cup win.

Ivan Perisic is likely to return to the starting line-up after his brace against Arsenal, and scoring against Qatar for Croatia. Who starts up-front is a talking-point amongst BVB fans after Robert Lewandowski scored in both of Poland’s fixtures, with Jovetic firing blanks against Austria and Lithuania.

The squad host Valencia in their opening Champions League match on Wednesday, so Surman may make rotations with that – likely to be the toughest test in the group – in mind.

70-bmgCentre-back Andreu Fontàs is out of the Borussen Derby for the visitors with a twisted ankle picked-up in training, while Mokoto Hasebe is a doubt as he recovers from a hernia. £2.2m summer signing Nils Petersen may make his debut, partnering dangerman Mike Hanke up-front.

BMG will be looking for their first points of the season after an opening day defeat in Mainz, before promoted Hoffenheim came from behind to win at Borussia-Park last time out. They did progress to the second round of the DFB-Pokal however, with a 3-0 win at Osnabrück.

On a continental front, the club has faces a tricky Europa League group after having been drawn against AA Gent, Fiorentina, and Spartak Moscow after safely despatching Greek side Aris Salonkina 9-0 on aggregate in the final Playoff round.

Tomorrow’s referee will be Manuel Gröfe from Berlin, who took charge of Dortmund twice last season, with both matches seeing five players cautioned. He took charge of the 4-1 win at home to Nürnberg, while Molinaro was dismissed as BVB won 1-0 in Stuttgart.

The last four matches between the sides have seen 21 goals, with the away side winning 3-2 in in the 2012-13 season, while Dortmund won 3-2 at home last year before a 3-3 draw in Mönchengladbach. Goals are highly expected on Sunday!

Ref: Manuel Gröfe (Berlin). 17G, 39Y, 5R, average 7.82.
Betting: Dortmund (4-6F), Draw (9-4), Werder Bremen (7-2).

Predicted Line-ups:

DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Beck, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; L.Bender, Praet; Götze, Perisic, Fischer; Lewandowski.

MÖNCHENGLADBACH (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Zimerman, Dominguez, Mavraj, Vukovic; Baier, Hegeler, Xhaka, Wendt; De Camargo, Hanke.

BVB First Team Manager Gray Surman was quizzed by local journalists ahead of the match on Sunday, with one asking about a potential move for Sevilla’s Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Selected highlights:

“I don’t see the break being an issue, in fact, it has allowed us to be extra-prepared ahead of the fixture. The win against Arsenal was a big lift, and the players went away on a high. Most of them had success with their countries so the mood is high.

We’ll be tuning into watch Leverkusen play Hoffenheim after our match. I’d expect Leverkusen to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season, while Hoffenheim look a tough side to beat – as most promoted sides turn out to be early-on.

I admire Ivan Rakitic, Ivan [Perisic] speaks highly of him, but any reports linking us are premature.”

Sun 14 September: Borussia Dortmund v. Borussia Mönchengladbach (Bundesliga, 1:30 pm).