Gladbach managed to pull out a 2:3 victory away from home against Augsburg last weekend. They were better from the first minute, but the goals came only in the second halftime.
In the overall quite an open game in the second part, it was the visitors who looked more effective and reached the victory thanks to goals from Stindl twice and Bensebaini. The hosts only managed to reduce the deficit twice.
They now have a run of five matches without a defeat, being at the fourth position at the moment with two points more than fifth-placed Leverkusen. Surely a situation close to a must-win for them.
The home side will have offensive player Thuram (23/6) doubtful for this one.
Dortmund didn’t have many problems at home against Freiburg last time out. However, the more effective performance was expected from the hosts as they only won with a narrow 1:0 result thanks to a goal from Sancho in the fifteenth minute.
The team really wasn’t that creative this time, mostly having a lot more of the meaningless ball possession, while it was the guests who had some really decent phases in the attack using counter-attacks.
They are on a run of three victories, being four points behind the leaders from Bayern Munich, but also four points above the fifth-placed Leverkusen. Surely a situation where they need to take the game very seriously, but also knowing that they await Champions League returning leg next Wednesday night in Paris.
Visiting team news
The guests miss forward Reus (19/11) and defensive midfielder Delaney (6/0).
Dortmund has a game of huge importance just a few days later and it’s something that Gladbach should be looking to exploit it. Still, the game can’t be predicted easily, but visiting team winning seems quite unlikely this time with their team probably thinking already a bit of their Champions League clash. Gladbach is anyway looking really strong in home matches.