Borussia Monchengladbach-Borussia Dortmund Preview: Reus returns to former home
The 23-year-old scored twice against his old club when the two sides met in September, and will be hoping to have a similar impact on Sunday
By Enis Koylu
Jantschke, Stranz, Dominguez, Wendt
Hanke, De Jong, Arango
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Reus, Grosskreutz
Borussia Monchengladbach will be without the services of star man Patrick Herrmann, who picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during last week's 1-0 loss to Hamburg at the Imtech Arena, with Mike Hanke expected to replace him.
The only other absence will be Branimir Hrgota, who is building up fitness following a knee injury.
Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, are likely to field Mario Gotze as a makeshift striker thanks to the suspensions of Robert Lewandowski and Julian Schieber.
Kevin Grosskreutz will slot in on the left wing, but veteran defender Patrick Owomoyela remains sidelined.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Monchengladbach have won just one of their seven games since the turn of the year.
- The biggest win in Bundesliga history came in this fixture - a 12-0 victory for the Foals in 1978.
- The last two games at Borussia Park have ended in 3-3 draws - against Leverkusen and Lazio.
- Borussia Dortmund clinched their Bundesliga title last season with a 2-0 win over Gladbach.
- Marco Reus (pictured, right) joined BVB from Lucien Favre's side in the summer, and scored twice when the two sides met earlier this season.
- Dortmund have won at Borussia Park just three times since the turn of the millennium, and just once in their last six visits to Gladbach.
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Top 3 Predictions
B. Mönchengladbach 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 22 %
B. Mönchengladbach 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 13.24 %
B. Mönchengladbach 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 10.39 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||5 Oct 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 2 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||20 Jul 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 1 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||24 Feb 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||29 Sep 2012||Borussia Dortmund 5 - B. Mönchengladbach 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||21 Apr 2012||Borussia Dortmund 2 - B. Mönchengladbach 0|
|7 Dec 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 2 - FC Schalke 04 1||BUN|
|1 Dec 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 1 - SC Freiburg 0||BUN|
|22 Nov 2013||VfB Stuttgart 0 - B. Mönchengladbach 2||BUN|
|9 Nov 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 3 - 1. FC Nürnberg 1||BUN|
|2 Nov 2013||Hamburger SV 0 - B. Mönchengladbach 2||BUN|
|1||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
|9||Luuk de Jong||Striker|
|22||Peniel Kokou Mlapa||Striker|
|Luuk de Jong|
With Reus having left Borussia Park, a lot was expected of De Jong when he signed from Twente, but he has largely failed to live up to expectations. However, he has undoubted ability, and if Gladbach are to get anything from their clash with Dortmund, they'll need a big performance from their No.9.
Reus has arguably been the signing of the summer since moving to Dortmund from Gladbach, put in a great performance when the two sides met in September, and is currently in a rich vein of form, so will be hoping to show his old employers what they are missing with a fine showing.
Borussia Monchengladbach will certainly provide Dortmund with stern opposition, but I'd still expect the German champions to emerge victorious as they look to build up momentum ahead of a critical part of the season.
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