BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH – BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund will both be looking to stay in the race of the top four when they face off in the Bundesliga on Friday (7:30pm kick-off UK time).
Dortmund currently hold the advantage for the race, sitting fourth, but they are only one point clear of seventh-placed Gladbach after 17 games.
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Marcus Thuram is back from suspension but on the bench for Borussia Mönchengladbach against a Borussia Dortmund side looking to Erling Haaland for inspiration at Borussia Park on Friday night (kick-off: 7.30pm GMT).
The 1-0 win over Werder Bremen in midweek made it three wins from four for Gladbach and moved them to within just a point of fourth-placed Dortmund at the halfway stage of the campaign. That victory was hard-fought as Marco Rose rested a number of first-team regulars, no doubt with one-eye on Friday’s Battle of the Borussias. Captain Lars Stindl, Ramy Bensebaini and Denis Zakaria were all late substitutes against Werder all start here. Breel Embolo and Thuram are available again but begin on the bench, with Alassane Plea leading the line and Stindl pulling the strings behind him. Recently-arrived 18-year-old American Joe Scully still has to wait for his debut due to a knock that has so far denied the teenager the chance to train with his new teammates.
Dortmund missed the opportunity to jump into second place as they were undone 2-1 by Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena on Tuesday, and they could do with a statement win to get their title hopes back on track. Julian Brandt’s first goal of the season will have been one positive for Edin Terzic to take from that defeat, but Thomas Delaney’s fifth yellow card of the season in that loss deprives Dortmund of the 29-year-old in central midfield. Emre Can’s return from a suspension of his own is particularly timely. He partners Jude Bellingham in the centre of Dortmund’s midfield. Die Schwrzgelben will be hoping Haaland can get back among the goals having scored just once in his last five Bundesliga games. He has captain Marco Reus for company in attack against the 31-year-old’s former club. At the back, Dortmund are unchanged from midweek, with Dan-Axel Zagadou still at least a fortnight away from a return.
Players to watch:
- Gladbach: If Embolo is indeed left out, Gladbach may look to Lars Stindl for their goals this weekend. The 32-year-old is Gladbach’s top scorer in the Bundesliga this season win nine goals, but has also provided four assists, being directly involved in more strikes than any other player at the club. Five of Stindl’s nine goals have come in his past six appearances, including a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt. He made a substitute appearance against Werder Bremen but, with only three days between the two matches, Stindl could be in line to start.
- Dortmund: Although he has been quite of late, Erling Haaland remains Dortmund’s danger man. The Norwegian superstar has scored 12 goals in the Bundesliga this season, a return only bettered by Robert Lewandowski, while only the Polish striker and Thomas Muller have been directly involved in more strikes, including assists. However, since returning from injury, Haaland has managed just two goals in four games and drawn a blank three times, including the past two matches. He has not gone three league matches without scoring since joining Dortmund a year ago, so the pressure may be on Haaland to keep that impressive record going.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Gladbach: WDWWL
- Dortmund: LDWWL
Watch: Haaland – the key to Dortmund’s dreams
Gladbach captain Stindl is the Foals’ most dangerous attacker this season with nine goals and four assists. He has lost 17 of 19 Bundesliga games against Dortmund, though.
Hofmann, who has four goals and six assists this term, was the first player to join Gladbach directly from Dortmund when he moved there at the start of 2016.
The Foals have lost all 11 of their last Bundesliga matches against Dortmund – the longest winless run against any other team in the club’s history.
Haaland played under Gladbach coach Rose at former club Red Bull Salzburg, but only made five appearances for him. The striker has two goals and an assist in two games against the Foals in the Bundesliga.
Reyna scored his first Bundesliga goal in the reverse fixture this season, set up by Bellingham’s first assist. It was the first goal in league history scored and created by two 17-year-olds.
Reus clearly enjoys playing against his former side: he has nine goals and six assists in 13 games against them.
Gladbach: Sommer – Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Kramer, Neuhaus – Zakaria, Stindl (c), Hofmann – Plea
Subs: Sippel, Beyer, Wendt, Jantschke, Wolf, Benes, Herrmann, Thuram, Embolo
Out: Doucoure (match fitness), Lazaro (groin), Reitz (pelvis), Scally (knock)
Coach: Marco Rose
Dortmund: Bürki – Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro – Can, Bellingham – Sancho, Reus (c), Brandt – Haaland
Subs: Hitz, Schulz, Piszczek, Dahoud, Reinier, Meunier, Reyna, Moukoko, Tigges
Out: Delaney (suspended), Hazard (thigh), Schmelzer (knee), Witsel (Achilles tendon), Zagadou (hamstring)
Coach: Edin Terzic