Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer
Blaszyczykowski, Gotze, Reus
Borussia Dortmund prodigal son Nuri Sahin has completed a move back to Germany after enduring a frustrating time with Real Madrid, but may have to bide his time before making his first appearance back in BVB colors.
The creative midfielder is expected to start from the bench against Bremen, as Dortmund prepares for its first outing since bidding farewell to 2012 with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Hannover in the DFB Pokal. Neven Subotic is injured, and will be replaced by Felipe Santana.
Werder Bremen finished the year on a low-key note, drawing 1-1 at home to Nurnberg, with Nils Petersen rescuing a point two minutes from the end. The striker will begin 2013 as the host's solitary forward.
The team will be almost identical to that last seen in December, with one possible change being the entrance of Clemens Fritz from the start in place of Marko Arnautovic.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bremen has won just once in its last five Bundesliga outings, a run that has seen the side slip from sixth to 12th in the standings.
- A leaky defense has been the downfall for die Werderaner. It has conceded a disappointing 29 goals in 17 games, the third-worst record in the entire championship.
- Werder's last meeting with Borussia Dortmund ended in defeat. An early goal from Marco Reus (right) and an Ilkay Gundogan strike condemned the side to a 2-1 defeat on the first weekend of the 2012-13 season.
- Dortmund enters the new year a daunting 12 points behind leader Bayern Munich, and currently lies in third place after winning back to back titles in 2011 and 2012.
- The German champion has already lost three matches this season, the same number it lost in the entire 2011-12 campaign.
- The side's scoring ability is one consolation for coach Jurgen Klopp. Only Bayern have outscored BVB so far, with Robert Lewandowski (nine goals) currently the team's top marksman in the Bundesliga.
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