Bundesliga Preview: Monchengladbach - Dortmund
The in-form Schwarzgelben face a tricky trip to Borussia Park as they look to hold onto the top spot in the Bundesliga.
The Bundesliga-leading side has not lost to Die Fohlen in their last four league clashes, with 5-0 and 2-0 victories in 2012 sandwiched by 1-1 draws. Dortmund will come into the game as the favorite, having dropped points only once in the league this season, as well as having been boosted by a 3-0 win over Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Jurgen Klopp's men have scored 10 goals in their last three games and have also kept clean sheets in all of them, with their only defeat this term having come in Europe, against Napoli. Dortmund's only dropped points in the league came on the road, though, and on Saturday BVB faces a Monchengladbach side with an impressive record at Borussia Park.
Lucien Favre's men have won all three games at home in the league this season, scoring 11 goals in the process, while conceding just twice. Favre has also been boosted by the news that leading scorer and Germany international Max Kruse is likely to be fit for the match despite fears over a bruised shoulder.
Kruse has four goals in the German top flight this season, and Monchengladbach's cause has also been helped by the form of Brazilian forward Raffael, who has four to his name as well. The latter is looking forward to facing one of the most respected and admired sides in the game right now.
"They're one of the best teams in the world and I think it's important to play teams like that," Raffael said. "Everyone wants to play against a team like Dortmund. As far as we're concerned, we're working hard to deliver a good season. We've got to put ourselves in a good position come the end of the season. Then we'll see what's possible."
Top 3 Predictions
Mönchengladbach 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
- 18.75 %
Mönchengladbach 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 11.35 %
Mönchengladbach 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 9.87 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Oct 5, 2013||Mönchengladbach 2 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||Jul 20, 2013||Mönchengladbach 1 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Feb 24, 2013||Mönchengladbach 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Sep 29, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 5 - Mönchengladbach 0|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||Apr 21, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Mönchengladbach 0|
|Dec 14, 2013||Mainz 0 - Mönchengladbach 0||BUN|
|Dec 7, 2013||Mönchengladbach 2 - Schalke 04 1||BUN|
|Dec 1, 2013||Mönchengladbach 1 - Freiburg 0||BUN|
|Nov 22, 2013||Stuttgart 0 - Mönchengladbach 2||BUN|
|Nov 9, 2013||Mönchengladbach 3 - Nürnberg 1||BUN|
|1||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
|18||Juan Fernando Arango||Midfielder|
|9||Luuk de Jong||Striker|