Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Monchengladbach Preview: Klopp's men looking to secure second consecutive Bundesliga title
Favre's men will be keen to secure victory in the Borussen derby as they aim to oust Schalke from the last automatic qualification spot for the Champions League
By Vasil Kotsev
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer
Blaszczykowski, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Stranzl, Brouwers, Dante, Daems
Herrmann, Nordtveit, Jantschke, Arango
Julian Koch is the only absentee for Borussia Dortmund ahead of the clash with Lucien Favre's men. Germany international Mario Gotze is still working his way back to full fitness, but might play a role in the match at the Signal Iduna Park.
Robert Lewandowski is set to spearhead the attack, supported by an attacking trident of Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski, Shinji Kagawa and Kevin Grosskreutz.
Lucien Favre will have a near full-strength squad to choose from for Saturday's game, but there is a major question mark over the availability of star attacker Marco Reus, who picked up a knock on Friday. There is one definite absentee from the trainer's first choice XI, as Roman Neustadter is certain to miss the clash with an injury. Thorben Marx and Mathew Leckie are also out with knocks, while Igor de Camargo is suffering from flu and is rated doubtful.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Monchengladbach have secured European football for next season. Their last international game was back in October 1996 against Monaco.
- The Foals' trainer, Lucien Favre, has never lost at the Signal Iduna Park.
- Juan Arango is the only player in the league, goalkeepers aside, to have played every minute of every Bundesliga game this season.
- Borussia Dortmund have lost to Gladbach only once in their last eight matches.
- BVB are yet to be defeated in the league this season with Sebastian Kehl in the starting XI.
- Marco Reus is set to leave Gladbach for Dortmund in the summer transfer window.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach
- 16.14 %
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
- 13.58 %
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
- 12.4 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Oct 5, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Jul 20, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - Borussia Dortmund 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Feb 24, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Sep 29, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 5 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 0|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Apr 21, 2012||Borussia Dortmund 2 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 0|
|Mar 9, 2014||SC Freiburg 0 - Borussia Dortmund 1||GER1|
|Mar 1, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 3 - Nürnberg 0||GER1|
|Feb 25, 2014||Zenit Saint Petersburg 2 - Borussia Dortmund 4||UCL|
|Feb 22, 2014||Hamburg 3 - Borussia Dortmund 0||GER1|
|Feb 15, 2014||Borussia Dortmund 4 - Eintracht Frankfurt 0||GER1|
|Mar 8, 2014||Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - FC Augsburg 2||GER1|
|Mar 1, 2014||Eintracht Braunschweig 1 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 1||GER1|
|Feb 22, 2014||Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - Hoffenheim 2||GER1|
|Feb 15, 2014||Werder Bremen 1 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 1||GER1|
|Feb 7, 2014||Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1||GER1|
|1||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
|18||Juan Fernando Arango||Midfielder|
The Japanese international has been in impressive form of recent and is likely to provide the spark in the final third for Borussia Dortmund. His crisp passing and otherworldly vision will certainly play a part on Saturday.
The Germany international is set to leave his current club for his opponents on Saturday, but he is sure to give his all against his future employers. Watch out for his remarkable finishing, quick feet and predatory instincts.
Borussia Dortmund have the chance to seal the title on Saturday, and will be fired up to do just that. Borussia Monchengladbach will put up a fight, but BVB are likely to come on top in the heated battle at the Signal Iduna Park.
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