Borussia Dortmund vs. Wolfsburg: Team News, Preview, Live Stream and TV Info

Stefan Bienkowski@@SbienkowskiFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2015

Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez from Switzerland, left, and Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabun, right, challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund in Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to give it one final push on Saturday as Jurgen Klopp arrives at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin for his final game at the club in the DFB-Pokal final against Wolfsburg. 

There, Dieter Hecking's bruising, conquering side will be waiting for them with licked lips and an appetite to once again prove their worth as the new power on the German football block. 

The Wolves finished second in the Bundesliga with a healthy 23-point lead over their opponents on Saturday, and despite finishing below Dortmund for the past few seasons, they will go into the cup final as favourites. 

Dortmund, in contrast, may yet favour the underdog status in the conclusion to a season that has seen them implode whenever pressure or stress has been applied. 

 

Date: Saturday, May 30

Time: 7 p.m. BST, 2 p.m. ET

Venue: Olympiastadion Berlin, Berlin

Television: BT Sport (UK only), Gol TV (U.S. only)

Streaming: BT Sport app (UK only), Gol TV online (U.S. only)

 

Form

DortmundWolfsburg
Werder Bremen - WinCologne - Draw
Wolfsburg - LossDortmund - Win
Hertha Berlin - WinPaderborn - Win
Hoffenheim - DrawHannover - Draw
Frankfurt - WinGladbach - Loss

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

 

Expected Lineups

Dortmund may well start with Mitch Langerak in goal, with Erik Durm, Neven Subotic, Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer set up as the back four. 

In midfielder we should see Ilkay Gundogan line up alongside Sven Bender in the middle of the park, with Marco Reus on the left, Shinji Kagawa in the middle and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right. That leaves Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang through the middle as a lone striker. 

Hecking will have Diego Benaglio in goal with a back line of Ricardo Rodriguez, Timm Klose, Naldo and Vieirinha at right-back. 

This will leave the usual pairing of Luis Gustavo and Maximilian Arnold in the middle of the park while Kevin De Bruyne, Daniel Caligiuri and Ivan Perisic will play behind Bas Dost. 

 

Key Players

Michael Sohn/Associated Press

 

Marco Reus

There may be players with more goals, more assists and more appearances for Dortmund this season, but in a cup final against such an opposition, Klopp can look no further than Reus for inspiration on Saturday. 

The German forward has always thrived on the biggest of stages and will have high hopes of grabbing this game by the teeth and wrestling it into submission. 

 

Kevin De Bruyne

According to WhoScored.com, nobody in the Bundesliga has as many assists as De Bruyne. In fact, it doesn't even come close. With 20 in 34 appearances this season plus 10 goals to boot, the Belgium international has been like a one-man demolition machine.

No player has looked so potent in attack in German football this season. Dortmund beware.

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