Predicted Dortmund XI v Arsenal, team news and injury update

Arsenal v Dortmund

Dortmund team news and update on who is injured and who will be likely play. “If I had to pay for a ticket, then I think I would pick this one,” Klopp said.

German media claims it will be Ruhr Valley vs London and points to the bigger picture. Schalke, which is based in Gelsenkirchen, in the heart of the Ruhr Valley in West of Germany and Dortmund, which is on the east edge of the Ruhr Valley, will face Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC. The similarity, being from the former industrial region, ends there: the Bundesliga rivals have nothing in common besides their home region and their hatred.

Klopp praises Arsenal and predicts a close game

We reported earlier: “Arsenal will come face-to-face with arguably their toughest challenge of the season so far.” But make no mistake for Dortmund it will be though challenge too. At least that’s what BVB manager Jurgen Klopp said. After praising Arsenal as “the favourites” to win the Premier League Klopp continues: “ […] I think these will be two close games and some of the small things will decide what will happen.

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If I had to pay for a ticket, then I think I would pick this one. As a supporter this is one of the most beautiful types of football to watch.”

Klopp in the stands. Buvac to manage the game.

Ironically Klopp is very close to buying a ticket. As reported before the 46-year-old manager will serve his two game sentence tonight following his outburst in his Champions League’s 2-1 defeat to SSC Napoli last month. Klopp’s assistant-manager Zeljko Buvac already stepped in as Borussia Dortmund defeated Olympique de Marseille 3-0 three weeks ago and he will do it tonight as well.

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Klopp about Buvac: “He is not just a assistant manager, but a partner with whom I pursue a profession in accordance. That I’m sitting in the stands and thinking, I’d like to put this player in and he puts another in. That doesn’t happen.”

Injury update: no update

There is really no advancement on 24 hours ago. No one is questionable. German daily Bild reported that every player trained with the team except the permanent injured. Still plagued with injuries and out are Sebastian Kehl, Ilkay Gundogan, Lukasz Piszczek.

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Dortmund’s predicted line-up for tonight:

Weidenfeller / Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer / Bender, Sahin / Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus / Lewandowski

Substitutes’ bench:

Langerak (goal), Kirch, Durm, Sokratis, Hofmann, Aubameyang, Ducksch, Schieber

images: © Asia Kuczek, © wonker

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