Han­te­laar to share the pitch with Pizarro

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DE­FEND­ING cham­pion Dort­mund visit last-place Freiburg to­day, but will have to do with­out star player Mario Goetze un­til Jan­uary, af­ter the 19-year-old tore a thigh mus­cle last week­end.

Schalke host Werder Bre­men, pit­ting strik­ers KlaasJan Hun­te­laar and Clau­dio Pizarro against each other.

Hun­te­laar has scored 14 league goals and 25 in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son for Schalke, while Pizarro’s 12 Bun­desliga goals have been in­stru­men­tal in lift­ing Bre­men to fifth.

Also to­day, Bayer Lev­erkusen host Nurem­berg, Augs­burg visit Ham­burger SV, Hof­fen­heim host Hertha Ber­lin, and Wolfs­burg en­ter­tain Stuttgart.

Fourth- place Borus­sia Munchenglad­bach are at home to Mainz to­mor­row, when Marco Reus could fea­ture de­spite break­ing his lit­tle toe on Novem­ber 25.

“I got a shoe made that sup­ports me and gives the toe a lit­tle more free room,” Reus told the dapd news agency.

Moenchenglad­bach dropped points in both games played with­out the 22-year-old winger.

Han­nover visit Kais­er­slautern ear­lier to­mor­row.

“It’s good to be top of the league,” Bay­ern striker Philipp Lahm said ahead of last night’s top- of- the- ta­ble clash. “Now we want to beat Cologne and go through in the cup away to Bochum (on Tues­day). That’ll make it a happy Christ­mas.”

Lukas Podol­ski has scored more than half of Cologne’s 27 goals, set­ting up five of them.

“It’s im­por­tant we get to grips with him,” Bay­ern goal­keeper Manuel Neuer said be­fore the show­down. “You al­ways have to keep an eye on him. He’s quick, with or with­out the ball.”

Cologne coach Stale Sol- bakken said the 26-year-old striker was play­ing “the best foot­ball of his ca­reer” but Podol­ski’s in­ter­na­tional team­mate Gomez has been even more pro­lific for Bay­ern.

Gomez, also 26, has scored 49 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions in 2011, 31 in the Bun­desliga.

“I’m not re­ally in­ter­ested in all the talk. If I don’t score for a cou­ple of weeks, they call it a cri­sis. When I start scor­ing again, they say I’m about to break Gerd Mueller’s record (of 40 goals in a Bun­desliga sea­son),” Gomez said.

“I’m the cen­tre for­ward in a very good team, and scor­ing goals is my job.” – Sapa-ap

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Klaas-jan Hun­te­laar

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