No resting on your laurels in 1.Bundesliga as all eighteen teams are back in action over the next two nights, with Dortmund hosting Nürnberg on Wednesday fresh from Sunday’s 2-0 win at Leverkusen, while FCN beat Hoffenheim by the same score at home.
In a pre-match press conference, Gray Surman ruled Robert Lewandowski out as he continues to recover from a bruised rib picked-up last week in the draw with Valencia.
Mats Hummels is back available after his ban, and there are no other absentees, but with the squad playing Wed-Sat-Tues, Surman may rotate in key areas, though the jury is out on whether he’ll give the 4-4-2 system another trial.
After a convincing 8-1 Pokal thrashing of Hüttigweiler to open the season, Nürnberg have won two home games and lost two away games in the league .Defeat at Augsburg and Mainz sandwiched a fantastic 2-1 win over Bayern Munich before the weekend’s defeat of Hoffenheim.
They’re suffering a bit of an early-season injury crisis, with at least three of the senior squad unavailable tomorrow, most notably centre-back Thomas Hitzlsperger (collarbone), and striker Tomás Pekhart (ankle). Thierry Doubaï, on loan from Sochaux, is also out having strained a groin muscle.
Alexander Søderlund was their biggest summer purchase, costing £1.m from Mönchengladbach, and the Norwegian scored his first goal on Saturday, as did strike-partner Adam Hlousek who Dortmund legend Lars Ricken has pinpointed as their main threat tomorrow.
The clubs met here last March, with Dortmund running out 4-1 winners courtesy of a Julian Schieber second-half hat-trick after Adam Hlousek had cancelled out an early strike from Robert Lewandowski. Five months earlier and Dortmund won 1-0 in Nürnberg with Schieber again the difference.
Tomorrow’s referee is Thomas Kinhöfer who last took charge of Dortmund in the 0-0 draw at home to Leverkusen in February. He was the man in the middle for both of Nürnberg’s away games this season in the league though, issuing 9 cautions.
TUE 23 SEPTEMBER: FSV MAINZ 0-1 VFB STUTTGART Harnik 34 SC FREIBURG 2-2 EINTRACHT FRANKFURT Ginter 11 Voronin 34 Bruno 65 Kittel 55 TSG HOFFENHEIM 3-0 HANNOVER 96 Meha 38 Derdiyok 53 Derijck 71 WED 24 SEPTEMBER: AUGSBURG - SCHALKE BAYERN MUNICH - VFL WOLFSBURG BORUSSIA DORTMUND - FC NÜRNBERG BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH - WERDER BREMEN HAMBURGER SV - BAYER LEVERKUSEN HERTHA BERLIN - FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF