Gladbach vs Barcelona by Gustav
Gladbach took a convincing victory and appeared in a strong manner last weekend at home against Ingolstadt celebrating 2:0 victory. They were better enough to get the fair three pointer, in a match where the hosts simply looked like much more mature side overall. They took the lead in 42nd minute with a goal from Stindl, increasing the lead in 76th via Wendt and generally, looking way better on the field, leaving no room for visiting side to respond.
It was third consecutive match without defeat in Bundesliga for Gladbach, as the team won over Werder 4:1 at home and had a 1:1 draw on the road against newly promoted Leipzig. After these three results, Gladbach stands at fourth position with ten earned points, which is five less than leaders from Bayern Munich. As for the Champions League, they suffered 4:0 defeat away from home against Manchester City in the first round and it already seems that their top achievement this season in this competition will be the third position.
Gladbach should be playing in 3-4-1-2 formation with Hahn and Hazard as strikers, plus Stindl as central offensive midfielders. Patrick Hermann is back in the team, but forward Raffael (3/2) missed the previous game over the weekend and remains doutbful. Hosts also miss defenders Mamadou Doucoure, Alvaro Dominguez and forward Josip Drmic, all three without playing so far in the season.
Barcelona comes also from a convincing performance and what's even more satisying is that they rested several key players in their 5:0 victory away from home against Gijon last Saturday evening. They opened up the opponent with two goals inside the first halftime, via Suarez and Rafinha, while the things got even easier once the hosts stood playing with a man less in 74th minute.
Guests didn't need much space from that moment on to get even more convincing victory, as they managed to score three more goals inside last ten minutes, two via Neymar and one from Turan. After this victory, they stand at second position with just a point less than players of Real Madrid. As for Champions League, they opened up the new season with impressive 7:0 victory at home over Celtic and already announced that it will be two horses race between them at the Citizens for the first position, therefore a victory here remains their target.
Visitors from Spain should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, most likely with Turan and Neymar on the wings, plus Suarez as central striker. Players such as Alba, Mascherano, Rakitic and Iniesta were all rested in the previous league game and are ready for this one. Central defender Samuel Umtiti (3/0) is injured, as well as their star player, forward Lionel Messi (5/4) and his position should be taken either by Arda Turan or Rafinha.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 9 of Borussia M.Gladbach's last 11 games (UEFA Champions League).
Gladbach will probably opt to play on counter-attacks here after their game-play proved to too attacking against Manchester City. I still see goals here however, since neither of the teams can play defensive football for too long. Barcelona has the quality and will probably get the victory, but I see the game being quite open and once again, almost surely with more than three goals scored.