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  • April 23, 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK, Mönchengladbach
  • Referee: W. Stark
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Bundesliga preview: Borussia Monchengladbach - Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga preview: Borussia Monchengladbach - Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund are on the verge of the Bundesliga title and face a Monchengladbach side with a very poor home record this season


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Borussia Monchengladbach: ter Stegen; Daems, Dante, Stranzl, Jantschke; Arango, Nordtveit; Arango, Reus, Herrmann; Idrissou


Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, da Silva; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski



DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Borussia Monchengladbach have earned more points away from home (14) than at the Borussia-Park (12).
  • The Fohlen have won just one of their last five matches.
  • Gladbach have lost four of their last five fixtures against Dortmund.
  • Only seven Bundesliga players have produced more combined goals and assists than Marco Reus, the most prolific player among Lucien Favre's side.
  • Borussia Dortmund could wrap up the Bundesliga title with a win, depending on whether Bayer Leverkusen drop points earlier on Saturday.
  • BVB can surpass Bayern Munich's Bundesliga season points record should they win their four remaining matches.
  • Dortmund have conceded 18 goals this year, three fewer than the Bundesliga's record low. They have not conceded more than one goal in a match since the first round of the season.
  • Jurgen Klopp's men will be without star midfielder Nuri Sahin, who has been ruled out of the final four matches of the season with a knee injury..

LAST MEETING


November 27, 2010: Dortmund 4-1 Monchengladbach

When these teams last met, Marco Reus stunned the hosts with a wonderful opener on 33 minutes, a thunderous strike from distance after a long solo run. Dortmund fought back and equalised on the stroke of half-time thanks to a fine header from defender Neven Subotic. After the interval, BVB blitzed Gladbach into submission: Shinji Kagawa (52'), Kevin Grosskreutz (76'), and Lucas Barrios (88') all struck before the death to seal three points for the league leaders.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
3Filip DaemsDefender
4Roel BrouwersDefender
39Martin StranzlDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
18J. ArangoMidfielder
33Roman NeustädterMidfielder
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
11Marco ReusMidfielder
25Mohamadou IdrissouStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
20Sebastian SchachtenDefender
-Michael FinkMidfielder
22Tobias LevelsDefender
40Karim MatmourMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
29Fabian BäckerStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
4Neven SuboticDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
5Felipe SantanaDefender
-DedeDefender
14Markus FeulnerMidfielder
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
19L. BarriosStriker
39Marco StiepermannStriker
Players to Watch
Marco Reus
Marco Reus
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
With eight goals and eight assists, Reus leads his team in both categories. The young talent is very likely to transfer away from Gladbach this summer, perhaps to Dortmund. Saturday's match will serve as an audition for a role at a larger club.
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
4 1 0 0
With Lucas Barrios a doubt, Dortmund will rely on usual set-up man Robert Lewandowski to lead the line, meaning that Gotze wil be in the playmaker role. The 18-year old has been in tremendous form as of late; his clever flicks, runs and through bals will be a joy to watch.
Prediction
Gladbach will fight hard, but cannot be expected to take any points against a Dortmund side that wil be keen to wrap up the Bundesliga if possible on Saturday. The hosts' home record is very poor, and BVB are in peak form; a comfortable win for the visiting side appears most likely.
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