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Bundesliga Preview: Wolfsburg v Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund can officially clinch the Bundesliga’s runners-up spot with at least a draw against Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Juergen Klopp’s side travel to the Volkswagen Arena on the back of a 1-1 draw with league champions Bayern Munich last Saturday.

Dortmund took an early lead through Kevin Grosskreutz but Mario Gomez equalised with a header, before Robert Lewandowski missed the chance to steal victory for the hosts as his penalty was saved by Manuel Neuer with an hour gone.

Wolfsburg have an unlikely double in their sights as they look to replicate the 3-2 victory they achieved over Dortmund back in December and extend their unbeaten league run to nine matches.

Dieter Hecking’s team are in 11th place in the Bundesliga – safe from relegation but well out of the European running – and come into the encounter off a 1-1 draw with Hamburg at the Imtech Arena last weekend.

Their only defeat in the past two months was a 6-1 thumping at the hands of Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal, and they will be keen to end a tumultuous season on a high.

Last October they parted company with manager Felix Magath after a dismal run of results saw them on the bottom of the standings.

Wolfsburg midfielder Thomas Kahlenberg and striker Patrick Helmes will miss the game due to injury.

Dortmund, meanwhile, will be keen to use their final two league matches of the season – against Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim – to get their squad into tip-top shape for undoubtedly their biggest match of the campaign – a UEFA Champions League final with Bayern on May 25.
Mario Goetze is unlikely to feature for Dortmund again this season though as he is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and is set to join rivals Bayern in the summer.
Thu 9 May, 2013
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