Gladbach vs Dortmund by Gustav
Gladbach comes into this match after three consecutive defeats in Bundesliga, things to be worse - it was their third consecutive loss without a single goal scored away from home against Stuttgart in a narrow 1:0 defeat.
After defeats against Eintracht on the road and Leipzig in front of own fans, players of Gladbach once again failed to show something more positive and were stuck in quite a puzzle since they conceded an early goal, already in fifth minute via Ginczek and failed to improve in offense since then.
They had more of the ball possession and did dominate the field, however their chances simply weren't concrete enough in order to change the scoreline. The side now stands at tenth position having still just five points less than Europa League placed sides, but needs to improve drastically if they are to aim any European tickets battle.
Hosts should be playing in a version of 4-4-2 formation with Raffael and Stindl as forwards. Offensive midfielder Ibrahima Traore (3/0), left full backs Fabian Johnson (9/1), Oscar Wendt (20/1) and forward Julio Villalba (1/0) are all injured, as well as couple of more players that didn't play this season at all. Doubtful are offensive Raffael (19/7) and goalkeeper Yann Sommer (18/0) but with chances to recover in time.
Dortmund, on the other side, comes from quite a professional victory taken last Saturday afternoon when the side welcomed Hamburger SV and recorded fine 2:0 victory.
The game wasn't that interesting, with the home team just being good enough to reach the three pointer in decisive moments. First halftime was actually quite passive, but once the hosts upped their tempo, they took the lead in 49th minute via Batshuayi, sealind the victory in second minute of additional time via Gotze.
They are now at fourth position with a point less than second Leverkusen and a victory here would bring them back to the second place, as they have just a point more than sixth placed Eintracht Frankfurt which makes the game even more important.
During the midweek they narrowly won over Atalanta 3:2 at home in 1/16 finals of the Europa League game and are awaiting deciding second leg next Thursday.
Visitors should continue with quite offensive 4-3-3 formation with Pulisic, Batshuayi and Schurrle as forwards. Midfielder Jadon Sancho (6/0) and offensive Andriy Yarmolenko (16/3) and Maximilian Philipp (11/6) are injured and out, plus couple more than didn't play this season anyway. Left back Raphael Guerreiro is doubtful.
- Dortmund have won their last 5 matches against Borussia M.Gladbach..
Even though Dortmund awaits second leg of Europa League clash against Atalanta, I'm fully confident that they will be taking this game as serious as possible. Having in mind that, their form and individual quality, but also current form of the home side, it's hard to see Gladbach staying here competitive for the complete game. Easy or difficult, players of Dortmund should prevail here.