Match Preview: Home v. FC Nürnberg (WED)

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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.


70-nurnbergAfter 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.


skybet70Betting Odds
Dortmund:   4-F
Draw: 5-2
Nürnberg:  4-1

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.

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 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

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