Bundesliga preview: Borussia Monchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Park – February 18
Borussia Monchengladbach’s steady qualitative decline since early-December is manifest from their performances in their last nine Bundesliga outings in which they have won just two. The downslide culminated into a 0-1 defeat to 14tth placed Stuttgart adding to their second defeat to a bottom-half club within a month of their humiliating loss to 18th placed FC Koln in January. It was a familiar story of dominating on-field possession and poor finishing for Monchengladbach, this time the culprits being Thorgan Hazard, Josip Drmic and Lars Stindl. The Foals (Die Fohlen) have been low on scoring, getting only three from their last five games. The defense consisting of Tony Jantschke, Matthias Ginter, Jannik Vestergaard and Nico Elvedi have let Monchengladbach down, conceding as many as 34 goals from their 22 Bundesliga games (which is more than what relegation candidates like Stuttgart, Werder Bremen and Hamburger SV have let in). Die Fohlen now get ready to host 3rd placed Borussia Dortmund at the Borussia-Park on Sunday noon, February 18th.
Die Schwarzgelben (The Black and Yellows) have shrugged off the departure of their star scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to Arsenal and got about their business in their customary aggressive fashion. Since the time of Peter Stoger took over from Peter Bosz as head coach, Dortmund haven’t lost a single of their last seven games since then. The 4-3-3 formation adopted by Stoger has worked wonders what with the recent advent of Chelsea on-loan striker Michy Batshuayi. The 24-year old Belgian has quickly made an impression at his new club, getting 3 goals from the only 2 games he has featured in so far. Marco Reus seems to be gradually coming out of his long-term injury issues and proving to be the great attacking mid-fielder that he is. So is the comeback kid, Mario Gotze, who got a goal after coming in as a 71st minute substitution in the 2-0 win against Hamburger. The prospect the recovering duo of Reus and Gotze bodes well for the side going forward and fans will be looking forward to see what the two have in store in their coming away encounter against Monchengladbach.
Foals manager Dieter Hecking will probably stick to his familiar 4-4-2 formation, although it’s not paid him great dividends of late. Monchengladbach have fared much better at home, losing just three games compared to the six they have lost on the road. But the losses have home have come against sides in the Top five, that includes an inexplicable 1-5 mauling at the hands of a very attacking Bayer Leverkusen. Fears are that the match against Dortmund may go the similar way, the visitors having a style not very dissimilar to Leverkusen. Barring a 3-1 win at the Borussia Park in April 2015, it’s a been a succession of 5 crushing defeats for the Foals against the Black & Yellows.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, it should be an easy three points for Dortmund, who could inch one place up to the 2nd spot depending on the outcome of the Eintracht V RB Leipzig match later that evening.
Free Football Tip: Borussia Dortmund to WIN, Best Odds 2.3 @ BetVictor