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Borussia Monchengladbach host Borussia Dortmund at Borussia-Park on Friday for their next Bundesliga game, and the hosts can outmaneuver their next opponents in fourth place with a win.
Dortmund currently have the fourth-place career advantage but are just one point ahead of seventh-place Gladbach after 17 games.
Borussia Dortmund’s season is in danger of unraveling and another defeat at Monchengladbach would almost extinguish any lingering hopes of claiming the Bundesliga title.
And Marco Rose’s men are one of the fittest teams in Germany’s top flight, having recovered from a slump in December to score four wins and a draw in their last five games.
Having failed to win five of their eight league games this season, Gladbach’s home game against Werder Bremen on Tuesday felt like a must-win if Marco Rose’s side wants to hold up a serious challenge for the top four positions a again this season.
– Gladbach (@borussia_en) January 21, 2021
As Gladbach beat Bremen, Dortmund lost some ground in the title race, with another loss. Bayer Leverkusen were the last team to beat Dortmund, winning 2-1 on Tuesday, adding to what has been a strange season.
With both Lucien Favre and Edin Terzic, Dortmund haven’t been able to get in shape, only running a four-game unbeaten streak once. It was three before the loss to Leverkusen, which had put them back in the top four and included a win over RB Leipzig. However, they are now dangerously close to giving up once again.
In 27 head-to-head meetings between the two sides, Borussia Dortmund have the clear advantage. They have won 20 games, lost four and drawn three.
Gladbach can still choose to leave Breel Embolo out for Friday’s visit to Dortmund, while Marcus Thuram still has two games left in his red card suspension collected against Hoffenheim in December, so Rose has the option to use Lars Stindl or Alassane Plea as the central attacking option.
Borussia Monchengladbach could also be left without young midfielder Rocco Reitz, defender Mamadou Doucoure and Austrian international Valentino Lazaro.
🎙 Edin Terzic:
“We assume that with the exception of long-term injuries, everyone will be on board tomorrow. Thomas Delaney is, as you know, suspended for a yellow card. ” pic.twitter.com/TQeIWvW0lb
– Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 21, 2021
Possible starting lineup of Borussia Monchengladbach:
Summer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Kramer, Zakaria, Neuhaus; Supplication, Stindl, Hofmann
Dortmund, meanwhile, will be able to call Emre Can after the suspension, but Thorgan Hazard, Marcel Schmelzer, Axel Witsel and Dan-Axel Zagadou are injured. Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney is suspended.
Possible starting line-up for Borussia Dortmund:
Burki; Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Bellingham, Dahoud; Sancho, Reus, Brandt; Haaland
Players to watch
Alassane Plea had caught everyone’s eye in the Champions League for Monchengladbach, scoring a hat-trick against Shakhtar and then a double against Inter. The great striker has come out of the boil lately, going blank in his last six games, but could come back to life.
If Embolo is left out, Gladbach can look to Lars Stindl for his goals this weekend. The 32-year-old is Gladbach’s top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with nine goals, but has also provided four assists.
Dortmund star Erling Haaland has gone blank in his last two games but hasn’t gone three games without scoring all season.
The Norwegian superstar has scored 12 goals in the Bundesliga this season, a comeback only enhanced by Robert Lewandowski, while only the Polish striker and Thomas Muller have been directly involved in more goals, including assists.
Borussia Dortmund have an exciting and talented young attack, which includes Jadon Sancho and Erling Braut Haaland.
Both sides have strong squads and can give their rivals trouble in their day.
This should be a very entertaining match between two sides that can transition at lightning speed.
Given the amount of offensive talent on display, it’s hard to imagine either team keeping a clean sheet. Gladbach seems to be hitting a patch of form lately, but that by no means says they have the advantage in this clash.
Borussia Monchengladbach have excelled under Marco Rose, but the former Red Bull Salzburg boss has been strongly linked to a Borussia Dortmund signing.
You have to go back to 2015 for Mönchengladbach’s last win and there hasn’t been a stalemate since 2013.
Dortmund would enter the match with a lot of confidence knowing they have an incredible record in this match, winning the last 12 meetings, including a 3-0 home win earlier this season.
WE SAY, Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 Borussia Dortmund