bundesliga.com previews die Schwarz-Gelben's last home game of the calendar year...
Dortmund have two games left to get themselves out of trouble before the winter break. Last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Hertha Berlin was their ninth of the league campaign and leaves them 16 points behind second-placed Wolfsburg, who lost ground on FC Bayern München after drawing 1-1 with SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan misses out after suffering a hamstring tear against Hertha. Marco Reus and Sokratis also remain sidelined, but Jakub Blaszczykowski (l.), who replaced Mkhitaryan at Berlin on Saturday, could make his first Bundesliga start in almost a year.
Wolves fans will have to wait until the new year to see Chinese acquisition Xizhe Zhang (l.) in action, but the likely return of holding player Joshua Guillavogui and Croatian goalgetter Ivica Olic should keep the masses more than satisfied. Daniel Caligiuri and Junior Malanda are also vying for a starting berth at the Signal Iduna Park.
joined BVB with a fearsome reputation in front of goal after ending 2013/14 as top scorer in Serie A. The 24-year-old has since found the net just twice in 11 Bundesliga appearances, but there were signs against Hertha that he is at last getting to grips with the high-tempo demands of Germany's foremost division.
There's a distinct feeling that the Wolves would never have dropped points at home to Paderborn had veteran marksman been on the pitch. The Croat has a near-telepathic understanding with fellow countryman Ivan Perisic and Kevin De Bruyne, netting five league goals in 12 outings so far this season.
Jürgen Klopp (BVB head coach): "We have to defend with passion, work as a unit, keep them busy and take their confidence away."
Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg head coach): "Boxers on the ropes are always dangerous."
Die Schwarz-Gelben have won two of their last five, but that counts for little when you've lost more games (nine) than any other side in the division. Incidentally, that's the same number of league wins Wolfsburg have recorded in as many games, although they should arguably have made it into double figures last time out.
Wolfsburg's three-match unbeaten league run against Dortmund came to an end in last season's corresponding match-up. BVB, who also ran out on top in the semi-finals of the 2013/14 DFB Cup, have now won half of the two sides' last 20 top-flight encounters (W10, D4, L6).
Dortmund: Langerak - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Kehl - Blaszczykowski, Gündogan, S. Bender, Aubameyang - Immobile
Wolfsburg: Benaglio - S. Jung, Naldo, Knoche, Rodriguez - Luiz Gustavo, Guilavogui - Vieirinha, De Bruyne, Perisic - Olic