Borussia Monchengladbach will look to get their stuttering Bundesliga campaign back on track when they travel to Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday (2:30pm kick-off, UK time).
After a short winter pause, the German top-flight gets back underway and, with Gladbach six points adrift of the Champions League places and Arminia currently occupying the relegation playoff spot, both sides have plenty to play for when the action restarts.
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Scoreline prediction: Arminia 0-2 Gladbach
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Arminia vs Gladbach build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Arminia have won just three of their 13 games so far this season, and with those triumphs coming against Mainz and Schalke below them (who have only 10 points combined) and Koln one place above, they’ve hardly been wowing the rest of the league with their results.
Uwe Neuhaus’ men are the second-lowest scorers in the Bundesliga so far this season with just nine goals while only Schlake, Mainz and Hertha Berlin have allowed more than their 23 conceded.
Things haven’t been too good for Marco Rose’s men recently either, however. Despite sealing progression to the Champions League round-of-16, Gladbach have failed to win any of their last four Bundesliga matches, drawing three and losing at home to Hoffenheim last time out.
In fact, Gladbach haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their seven previous Bundesliga outings, either, conceding 14 goals during that time. Fans will hope Rose has been working on defensive solidity during the winter break in order to get back to form and among the Champions League qualification spots.
- Arminia (vs Schalke): Ortega; Brunner, Pieper, Van der Hoorn, De Medina; Doan, Prietl, Hartel, Gebauer; Klos, Cordova.
- Gladbach (vs Elversberg): Sippel; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt; Benes, Kramer; Wolf, Stindl, Hofmann; Embolo.
Andreas Voglsammer is out with a muscle problem and he is joined on the sidelines by Jacob Barrett Laursen and Noel Niemann. Marcus Thuram is suspended for Rose’s side, while Ramy Bensebaini and Alassane Plea are doubts.
Players to watch:
Arminia: It says a lot about Arminia’s problems in the final third this season that Ritsu Doan is the only player at the club with more than one open-play goal in the Bundesliga. The 20-time Japan international (on loan from PSV Eindhoven) has only netted twice himself, but has also managed two assists to make him Neuhaus’ central attacking threat. Doan is a brilliant dribbler and, indeed, has completed the highest number of take-ons among Arminia players so far this term with 25, at least 15 more than any of his teammates. The 22-year-old will look to operate between the lines, picking up pockets of space on the right where he can quickly turn on the ball and drive inside at Gladbach’s shaky defence. If anyone is going to inspire Arminia to an unlikely result here, it’s Doan.
Gladbach: One of the players charged with stopping Doan will be talented midfielder, Florian Neuhaus. The three-time Germany international ranks third at Gladbach for tackles (31), interceptions (20) and blocked passes (10) so far this season and his positioning on the left of Rose’s double-pivot means he’ll come into direct contact with Doan throughout the match. However, it’s not just Neuahaus’ defensive game which has impressed so many onlookers in the Bundesliga in recent years, the former 1860 Munich man is an absolutely joy to watch with the ball at his feet, too. Neuhaus’ technique is incredibly easy on the eye, and he uses it to good effect, spraying accurate passes right across the pitch and breaking lines with ease and regularity. His ability on both sides of the ball will be key to getting this stuttering Gladbach side on track once again.
Bundesliga 2020/21 recent form:
- Arminia: WLLWL
- Gladbach: LDDDW
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