'Thank God it's Friday' as Dortmund eye top spot

Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:11am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

BERLIN (Reuters) - If statistics are anything to go by then Borussia Dortmund are set to reclaim the Bundesliga top spot from Bayern Munich when they take on VfB Stuttgart on Friday.

Last season's runners-up have not lost a home game on a Friday in nine years and given their current form, second-placed Dortmund have every right to eye a return to the top with leaders Bayern not in action until Saturday.

With just one defeat in 10 league games so far, Dortmund (25 points) have quickly found their stride this season as they again challenge the Bavarians for domestic bragging rights.

But coach Juergen Klopp warned against any complacency as they had not beaten Stuttgart in their last four home games.

"It will not be an easy game," Klopp told reporters. "We have to be prepared for everything against Stuttgart. It will be tough.

"They have a lot of quality and are having a good run at the moment and when they switch to attack they can be really tricky to handle."

Klopp, who this week extended his contract by two years to 2018, committing his immediate future to a club he led to consecutive titles from 2011, could have captain Sebastian Kehl back in the squad after the player returned to training on Wednesday following a lengthy injury absence.

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Borussia Dortmund's coach Juergen Klopp reacts during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen October 26, 2013. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender