Berlin - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will hope to add to his
phenomenal tally of 30 goals in all competitions already this season when
Borussia Dortmund host Hanover in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The Gabon striker is enjoying a superb campaign and has
scored more goals on his own than struggling Hanover have managed all season.
Hanover lie bottom of the table, seven points from safety,
and have mustered only 19 goals in the league all season, while 'Auba' has
netted 20 times in as many Bundesliga games for Dortmund.
The 26-year-old netted his 30th goal in 31 games in all
competitions on Tuesday when Dortmund reached the German Cup semi-finals with a
3-1 win at Stuttgart.
To compound Hanover's problems, they will be without Japan
midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake, their top scorer with three goals, who has a foot
Hanover have lost all of their last six league games while
Dortmund are unbeaten in their nine home league games this season with eight
wins and a draw.
Second-placed Dortmund are looking to bounce back from last
Saturday's goalless draw at Hertha Berlin and know how important their African
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"For us, it is extremely important that he's a goal
threat up front and that he scores," said Dortmund's Germany winger Marco
Reus, who has scored nine goals in 15 league games.
"Auba knows that if he gets the chance in front of
goal, he has to score and he works hard every day in training to score as many
goals as possible."
With an eight-point lead over Dortmund at the top of the
table, Bayern Munich are at Augsburg in the Bavarian derby on Sunday, fresh
from Wednesday's 3-0 Cup quarter-final win at 10-man VfL Bochum.
Franck Ribery and Mario Goetze could feature as they work
their way back to fitness after a leg and groin injury respectively.
Augsburg, who are just above the relegation places, host
Liverpool in the Europa League next Thursday and have won just one of their
last five games.
But their trainer Markus Weinzierl is the only coach to have
beaten Pep Guardiola's Bayern twice in the league.
Augsburg shocked the Bavarians in each of the last two
seasons, albeit after the league title had already been decided.
- Wolfsburg seek boost -
Wolfsburg, who are winless in their last seven league games
and play Belgian side Gent next Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions
League last-16 tie, are at home to Ingolstadt.
Dieter Hecking's Wolves have picked up just one of a
possible nine points in the second half of the season so far.
They will be without striker Bas Dost, who has a foot
injury, and forward Maximilian Arnold, who is out with a knee problem.
Fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen are at Darmstadt without injured
Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, who tore a buttock muscle on Tuesday in their
Cup defeat to Werder Bremen.
Meanwhile, Hoffenheim are at Bremen on Saturday in a key
relegation battle with both sides in the bottom three.
Hoffenheim have won just twice all season and are currently
second from bottom, five points adrift of Bremen, who lie in the relegation
The Sinsheim-based club will be playing their first match
under their new coach Julian Nagelsmann, who at 28 becomes the youngest coach
in Bundesliga history.
He replaces the 62-year-old Huub Stevens, who resigned on
Wednesday, walking away from football with an acute abnormal heart rhythm that
Bremen are buoyed by reaching the German Cup semi-finals
after winning 3-1 at Leverkusen on Tuesday and striker Anthony Ujah has scored
in each of his three games against Hoffenheim.For
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