Borussia Monchengladbach will be looking to keep control of their Champions League hopes when they travel to Freiburg on Friday night (kick-off 19:30).
Last weekend they were made to chase Leverkusen, who played first, and did so with a 4-1 win over Union Berlin. But now Marco Rose’s side have the chance to set the bar for their rivals when they kick off the Bundesliga action.
Standing in their way are Freiburg, who lost to Leverkusen last weekend, denting their hopes of a Europa League place in the process. Freiburg currently sit four points behind sixth-placed Wolfsburg who also tasted defeat, but Hoffenheim’s win over Mainz saw them move level with the Wolves and pushed Freiburg further away.
Can Christian Streich’s men close the gap? Or will Gladbach keep the edge in the Champions League race?
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Freiburg & Borussia Monchengladbach’s confirmed line-ups:
- Freiburg: Schwolow; Kubler, Lienhart, Heintz, Gunter; Sallai, Koch, Hofler, Grifo; Holer, Waldschmidt.
- Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Hofmann, Neuhaus; Herrmann, Stindl, Thuram; Plea.
Robin Koch came off against Leverkusen with an injury but is fit for Friday’s match.
Players to watch:
- Freiburg: Nils Petersen. Freiburg will not be overly happy with their recent form, which has seen the club fall further away from the Europa League spots, and they will need Petersen to up his game if they are to have any chance. Petersen is Freiburg’s top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with nine goals and is the only player at the club to have been involved in at least 10 strikes, adding two assists. However, since the Bundesliga returned from its winter break, Petersen has scored just twice and added one assist, with a nine-game drought in between.
- Borussia Monchengladbach: Alassane Plea. Marcus Thuram took a lot of the headlines when Gladbach beat Union Berlin 4-1 last weekend, scoring twice and showing his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in his celebrations. But it has led to Plea’s performance going somewhat under the radar, despite the Frenchman having another excellent game. Plea assisted Thuram for both of his goals, the first a lovely weighted cross from the edge of the area and the second a low ball across the box that beat three defenders before reaching its man. The 27-year-old capped off his performance with a goal of his own, neatly finishing first-time from Rami Bensebaini’s cross, reaching double figures for the season. Plea is one of just three players in the Bundesliga to score and assist 10+ goals this season, joining Serge Gnabry and Jadon Sancho.
Guided beautifully into the bottom corner 🎯
Plea deserved that one! 🙌
2️⃣ assists and a goal. Not a bad afternoon that… pic.twitter.com/7s02C5nQfV
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 31, 2020
Scoreline prediction: Freiburg 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Bundesliga 2019/20 recent form:
Borussia Monchengladbach: WDLWW