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Preview: Mainz 05 vs. Borussia Dortmund

Sports Mole takes a closer look at Saturday's Bundesliga meeting between Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund return to Bundesliga action on Saturday full of confidence after starting their Champions League campaign with an impressive display.

A 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park suggested that Jurgen Klopp's side were fully prepared to deal with the injury problems which have hit the club, and also that Dortmund were close to hitting top form.

After leaving a couple of key players on the bench for last weekend's win over Freiburg, Klopp is expected to name a team which looks more similar to the one which enjoyed great success over the Gunners.

Shinji Kagawa is one of the players fighting to earn a starting spot, and he could be welcomed back into the team due to the ongoing absences of Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Ilkay Gundogan.

Mats Hummels is rumoured to be closing in on a return to the centre of defence, but his comeback could be put off for slightly longer.

Mainz will be confident of providing a tough test for the title challengers after recording their first Bundesliga win of the season by beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 last Saturday.

Shinji Okazaki was responsible for two of the goals in that win, and he will continue in attack alongside Sami Allagui, who opened his account against Berlin.

However, there could be a change in midfield should Kasper Hjulmand decide to leave out Jonas Hoffman and welcome Christoph Moritz back into the side.

Recent form

Mainz 05: DDW

Borussia Dortmund: LWW

Possible starting lineups

Mainz 05: Karius, Bungert, Brosinski, Diaz, Bell, Koo, Baumgartlinger, Moritz, Geis, Allagui, Okazaki

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Durm, Sokratis, Subotic, Schmelzer, Bender, Kehl, Groskreutz, Aubameyang, Kagawa, Immobile

Sports Mole says: 1-3

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp during the friendly with Liverpool on August 10, 2014
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund1183033122127
2Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach1172226131323
3RB Leipzig116412291322
4Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1162326131320
5Bayern Munich116232014620
6Hoffenheim116142415919
7Werder Bremen115241919017
8Hertha Berlin114431617-116
9Mainz 05114341012-215
10Augsburg113441918113
11Freiburg113441519-413
12Wolfsburg113351517-212
13Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen113261624-811
14Schalke 04Schalke11317815-710
15Nuremberg112451124-1310
16Hannover112361422-89
17Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf112271025-158
18Stuttgart11227824-168

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