Borussia Monchengladbach continue their pre-season preparations with a home friendly against FC Metz on Saturday at 2:30pm (UK time).
Adi Hutter has had a slow start to life in charge of Gladbach, still awaiting his first win in pre-season.
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Scoreline prediction: Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 FC Metz
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Borussia Monchengladbach vs FC Metz pre-match info, previous line-ups & injury news:
Gladbach had a disappointing end to the 2020/21 season and ultimately missed out on European football, having to play the second half of the campaign knowing Marco Rose would be leaving for Borussia Dortmund at the end of the campaign. It was later announced that Hutter would be replacing him and after finally arriving in the summer, the former Eintracht Frankfurt man has started to mould Gladbach in his image. Unfortunately, with Gladbach suffering due to Euro 2020 absences, Hutter hasn’t got off to a good start. Die Fohlen drew 2-2 with Viktoria Koln in their opening match of pre-season before losing to Paderborn, both lower-league opposition.
Their next task isn’t any easier, with FC Metz preparing for another season in Ligue 1, hoping to build on their 10th-placed finish from 2020/21. Frederic Antonetti’s side are unbeaten in their two pre-season games so far, beating fellow French side Nancy before drawing with Belgian opposition in RFC Seraing. This game is Metz’s only pre-season friendly outside of France, with the Ligue 1 side returning to face Troyes and Montpellier before the start of the campaign.
- Borussia Monchengladbach (vs Paderborn): Sippel; Scally, Beyer, Jantschke, Bensebaini; Kramer, Lockl, Wolf; Herrman, Stindl, Plea.
- FC Metz (vs RFC Seraing): Oukidja; Centonze, Boye, Lacroix, Udol; Boulaya, Pajot, Angban; Gueye, Niane, Nguette.
Gladbach remain without a number of first-team players due to their participation in Euro 2020, while Manu Kone and Breel Embolo are injured.
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Key player: Lars Stindl (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Lars Stindl was Gladbach’s main man last season and it’ll be surprising to see that change ahead of the upcoming campaign. One of Gladbach’s players not at Euro 2020, Stindl has been a part of the two pre-season games so far, starting against Viktoria Koln and Paderborn, playing 45 and 69 minutes respectively.
Stindl is yet to score in pre-season but it won’t be long before he gets up and running again, having finished the 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign as Gladbach’s top scorer. The 32-year-old scored 14 goals in 30 games, six more than any other player. But he was also creative, setting up eight goals, just three fewer than Jonas Hofmann (though Stindl had seven from open play compared to Hofmann’s five).
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