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Preview: Stuttgart vs. Borussia Dortmund

Sports Mole looks ahead to Borussia Dortmund's trip to fellow strugglers Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

Borussia Dortmund will be looking to continue their improved form in the Bundesliga on Friday when they travel to fellow strugglers Stuttgart.

Jurgen Klopp's side have edged out of the relegation places since the start of the month thanks to back-to-back wins.

Their most recent victory came last weekend as they saw off Mainz 05 4-2 at Signal Iduna Park. Another win on Friday night could see them move as high as 10th place in the standings.

However, they come up against a Stuttgart team that is in desperate need of the points following a five-game winless run.

The hosts, whose last win came back in December, currently sit four points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.

Dortmund and Stuttgart played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture five months ago, with a late goal from Ciro Immobile earning Dortmund a share of the spoils.

Kevin Grosskreutz remains sidelined for the visitors due to a hamstring injury, while Sven Bender and Erik Durm could be back in contention after the pair missed the game with Mainz through illness.

Klopp could be tempted to rest players ahead of next week's Champions League last-16 first leg away to Juventus, but the coach is likely to view Bundesliga survival as a more important issue.

Carlos Gruezo recently returned to training for Stuttgart following a muscle injury, but Moritz Leitner may be forced to miss the game after picking up a calf strain during the team's preparations.

Stuttgart:

Form in Bundesliga: WDLDLL

Possible starting lineup: Ulreich; Sakai, Baumgartl, Niedermeier, Hlousek; Klein, Leitner, Romeu, Gentner, Harnik; Werner

Borussia Dortmund:

Form in Bundesliga: DLDLWW

Possible starting lineup: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Sokratis, Schmelzer; Sahin, Gundogan, Kampl, Kagawa, Reus; Aubameyang

Sports Mole says: 1-2

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Dortmund's striker Julian Schieber and Hanover's midfielder Edgar Prib vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 in Dortmund, western Germany on October 19, 2013
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund17133144182642
2Bayern Munich18123339192039
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach17103436181833
4RB Leipzig1794431171431
5Wolfsburg178452722528
6Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1783634231127
7Hoffenheim186753326725
8Hertha Berlin176652627-124
9Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen177372629-324
10Werder Bremen176472829-122
11Freiburg175662125-421
12Mainz 05175661722-521
13Schalke 04Schalke175392024-418
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf175391933-1418
15Augsburg173682529-415
16Stuttgart1742111235-2314
17Hannover1725101735-1811
18Nuremberg1725101438-2411

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