In what will be an interesting clash at both ends of the Bundesliga table, Borussia Monchengladbach travel to Werder Bremen on Tuesday evening.
Gladbach are chasing a Champions League place but were dealt a blow on Saturday when they lost 3-1 to fellow challengers Bayer Leverkusen. Although the Foals remain fourth, RB Leipzig could leapfrog them with a win on Sunday, putting the pressure on Marco Rose’s side.
At the other end of the table, Bremen are fighting for their lives, sitting 17th with just eight games left to play. However, unlike Gladbach, Bremen gave themselves a boost at the weekend with a slender 1-0 win over Freiburg – ending a run of seven in the Bundeliga without victory.
They are now just two points behind Fortuna Dusseldorf who occupy the relegation play-off spot, but there remains six between Bremen and Mainz in the safety position.
Where to watch Werder Bremen v Borussia Monchengladbach on TV:
- UK: BT Sport 1
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Werder Bremen & Borussia Monchengladbach’s previous line-ups:
- Werder Bremen (vs Freiburg): Pavlenka; Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Friedl; Eggestein, Vogt, Klaassen; Bittencourt, Sargent, Rashica.
- Borussia Monchengladbach (vs Bayer Leverkusen): Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Strobl, Neuhaus; Hofmann, Embolo*, Thuram; Plea.
Breel Embolo suffered an injury against Leverkusen after just 12 minutes and is unlikely to be risked with such a quick turnaround between games.
Players to watch:
- Werder Bremen: Saturday’s win over Freiburg saw Davy Klaassen return to the Bremen team having missed the Leverkusen defeat through suspension. And the one-time Everton flop had an instant impact, as he set up Leonardo Bittencourt’s winning goal to record his fourth assist of the season. Adding his four goals, only Milot Rashica (11) has been directly involved in more Bundesliga goals for Bremen than Klaassen, who is finally finding his feet again after that poor spell in England. The Dutchman previously admitted he wasn’t good enough for the style Everton wanted to play. “It is a combination of factors,” he said in 2018. “I was not good enough for the game that Everton wanted to play. It has to do with yourself, with style and with choices of the trainers. I noticed quite quickly that it would be difficult at Everton, even before Ronald Koeman was fired. Before I signed, I expected that there would be a little more football in the team, although I also knew that English football is a lot of running and pounding.” But back in the Bremen team, Klaassen will be at the heart of the club’s fight for survival.
- Borussia Monchengladbach: Although Gladbach lost on Saturday, they did have their chances, mostly through Marcus Thuram. The 22-year-old Frenchman has been in excellent form this season (one of many Gladbach players who can say that) and grabbed his eighth goal of the campaign to equalise against Leverkusen. Breaking through the defence and latching onto Alassane Plea’s pass, Thuram finished coolly with a first-time half-volley that showed composure beyond his years. He also has eight assists in the league this season while having completed 59 successful dribbles. Only seven players in the division have recorded more, which underlines a trait of Thuram’s that his past coach at Clairefontaine considered unusual. He is just under 6ft4 yet, similar to Josip Ilicic in Serie A, excels in carrying the ball upfield and past opponents or negotiating his way through tight spaces. Wherever his career takes him, Thuram is followed by the expectations that come with his surname, as the son of World Cup winner Lilian, but the forward is forging his own path.
Alassane Pléa in the Bundesliga this season:
❍ 9 goals
❍ 8 assists
Marcus Thuram in the Bundesliga this season:
❍ 8 goals
❍ 8 assists
Gladbach's equaliser: Pléa → Thuram. pic.twitter.com/WVxi8biyHO
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 23, 2020
Scoreline prediction: Werder Bremen 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Recent Bundesliga 2019/20 form:
- Werder Bremen: WLDLL
- Borussia Monchengladbach: LWWLW