2012-2013 Bundesliga Match Day 22 Borussia Dortmund versus Eintracht Frankfurt Saturday, February 16, 2013, Westfalenstadion, Dortmund – Kickoff: 6:30 PM (CET) Saturday evening’s match is a huge one for both clubs. Borussia Dortmund is fighting to remain in second place ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and Saturday’s opponents, Eintracht Frankfurt. An Eintracht Frankfurt victory on Saturday evening would give Frankfurt 40 points, one more than defending champions BVB and two more than Bayer Leverkusen, currently in third place. Not one of the three sides can even dream of catching runaway Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München right now. Borussia Dortmund comes into the match after securing a 2-2 Champions’ League draw at Shaktar Donezk in Ukraine on Wednesday night. BVB fans can feel good about this draw as it was taken at the home of a very dangerous opponent and the BVB team should have time to get healthier before facing Shaktar at Westfalenstadion. However, as we all remember, BVB’s last match at Westfalenstadion was a near-humiliating defeat at the hands of HSV. The 4-1 score was a bit flattering for HSV, but it was still an overall embarrassing day in front of the home faithful. BVB will want to “make things right” for the home fans, but they will have to do so against what might be the best “fighting team” in the Bundesliga. And over the years, even the Klopp years, BVB has its most trouble with “fighting teams.” In fact, despite their up and down fortunes of recent years, Eintracht Frankfurt has only lost to BVB one time in the past five matches between the two clubs, while winning two of these last five meetings. One of Frankfurt’s victories came on February 7, 2010 at Westfalenstadion. Before that match, Eintracht Frankfurt had not won in Dortmund since April 1991. However, the good news for BVB fans is BVB’s lone victory in this five-match stretch with Eintracht Frankfurt came in the last meeting between the two clubs at Westfalenstadion. Of course, BVB fans’ biggest concern going into this match is how will BVB replace the goal-scoring production of Robert Lewandowski in the next three Bundesliga matches? The fans cannot love the fact that BVB’s #2 central striker, Julian Schieber, has zero goals in twelve Bundesliga appearances. Schieber does have one Champions’ League goal (match winner against Manchester City) and one German Cup goal (against VfR Aalen). While Schieber does not have a goal or an assist, I can say I was at the one Bundesliga match this season where Julian Schieber got to play 90 minutes. I thought in that match, Scheiber worked well for the team, but did not score himself. Of course, no matter what kind of other work they do, in the end, a central striker gets paid to score goals. I don’t know why I did this, but earlier today, I took a look at Goal.com’s match preview. In their points, they say, “Julian Schieber has not contributed to any goals in the Bundesliga this season.” As written, this is a boldfaced lie. If they had said, “Julian Schieber has no goals and no assists so far this Bundesliga season”, this would be factual. However, while he does not have any direct assists to his credit, Julian Schieber’s work was instrumental in three BVB goals in one night alone. On two of the goals, I know he got the ball to the guy who made the final pass. On another play, Scheiber stole a ball in midfield and started the BVB break which turned into a goal. They don’t give players “assists” for this, but these plays matter nonetheless. Anyhow, this still isn’t a comfort to those who worry that Schieber won’t produce enough for us to win. I think he will, but I do admit this is more from hope than anything. This is all up to Julian Schieber. +++++++++++++++++++++++++ Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Kehl (Gündogan) - Blaszczykowski, Götze, Reus - Schieber BVB Subs: Langerak - Kirch, Subotic, Leitner, Gündogan, Großkreutz, Sahin, Bittencourt, Bajner Questionable For BVB: Gündogan (bruising under the toenail), Grosskreutz (not match fit) Out For BVB: Lewandowski (red card suspension), Owomoyela (ankle issues) Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp - Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka- Schwegler, Rode - Aigner, Meier, Inui – Lakic Frankfurt Subs: Nikolov - Russ, Butscher, Kempf, Celozzi, Djakpa, Kittel, Lanig, Matmour, Occean Questionable For Frankfurt: Unknown Out For Frankfurt: Amedick (Trainingsrückstand) Referee: Dr. Felix Brych Sideline Assistants: Mark Borsch, Frank Willenborg – Fourth Official: Wolfgang Walz Nearing Yellow Card Suspension: - Inui, Rode (Each with four yellows) Spectators: Westfalenstadion is sold out.