Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Arminia Bielefeld preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups, and ones to watch
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The final game of Matchweek 31 takes place at the Borussia-Park on Sunday as a resurgent Arminia Bielefeld travels to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

If any two games best summed up Mönchengladbach's season, it would be their 4-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt that was followed up by a 3-2 defeat to Hoffenheim.

First, a fantastic performance against a Frankfurt side who currently occupy a Champions League qualifying spot would have given Die Fohlen belief that they could move into the top six. However, the Hoffenheim match somewhat proved otherwise, as Gladbach were 2-0 up at half-time and ended up losing the game. That has become quite the trend this campaign, with the team dropping multiple points from winning positions. The most frustrating thing about Wednesday's affair was that Hoffenheim had little to play for, with neither relegation or continental qualification seeming like a genuine possibility for them. That considered, Marco Rose and his men really should have been able to see the game out.

As for Arminia Bielefeld, they look like a team re-energised under Frank Kramer. The departure of former manager Uwe Neuhaus annoyed fans after the success he had brought to the club, but Kramer's arrival has seen Die Blauen pick up three wins since he joined at the start of March, so all seems to be forgiven.

Bielefeld have developed a strong defensive identity, with the trio of Stefan Ortega in goal and Amos Peiper and Joakim Nilsson at centre-back leading the way. The team now sits outside of the relegation play-off spot, but Hertha Berlin do have two games in hand on them.

Team news

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Yann Sommer should be back in goal on Sunday following the completion of his two game suspension. On the injury front, captain Lars Stindl is still a doubt, as he also missed the Frankfurt and Hoffenheim matches, while Christoph Kramer and Denis Zakaria are both 50/50 for the clash against Bielefeld.

Arminia Bielefeld - Starting right-back Cédric Brunner is suspended, while the only other potential absentees are COVID related, as with Sergio Córdova and Reinhold Yabo are both likely to miss out.

Predicted lineups

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Yann Sommer; Stefan Lainer, Nico Elvedi, Matthias Ginter, Ramy Bensebaini; Florian Neuhaus, Denis Zakaria; Valentino Lazaro, Jonas Hofmann, Marcus Thuram; Alassane Pléa

Arminia Bielefeld - Stefan Ortega, Nathan de Medina, Joakim Nilsson, Amos Pieper, Anderson Lucoqui; Arne Maier, Manuel Prietl; Ritsu Dōan, Michel Vlap, Masaya Okugawa; Fabian Klos

Form guide

Borussia Mönchengladbach - WWDWL - last game - 3-2 (L) vs Hoffenheim

Arminia Bielefeld - LDWDW - last game - 1-0 (W) vs Schalke

Ones to watch

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Valentino Lazaro scored his second goal of the campaign on Wednesday night against Hoffenheim. The Austrian has had a turbulent season, playing all across the park for Mönchengladbach while being unable to really nail down any one position in particular. Oddly enough, his only other goal this year was a spectacular one, as his scorpion kick against Bayer Leverkusen in November might just end up winning the Bundesliga's goal of the season award. Can Lazaro find the back of the net again this weekend? Only time will tell.

Arminia Bielefeld - If it wasn't for Stefan Ortega, Bielefeld would probably be relegated already. Now sat outside of the bottom three, a lot of their success this season is down to their goalkeeper. Along with the 28-year-old, Ritsu Dōan and Amos Pieper are probably the only other two players who would stand a chance of staying in the Bundesliga if Bielefeld do end up getting relegated. However, this is looking like less of a possibility, especially after their 1-0 win over Schalke on Tuesday which saw them escape the relegation zone. If Die Blauen are to pick up any points versus Gladbach, then Ortega will likely have a key role to play.

Last time out

The only league meeting between these two sides in the past 10 years came earlier this term, as Breel Embolo scored the lone goal of the game to give Mönchengladbach a 1-0 away win.

How to watch

The game will be aired live on BT Sport 3 at 17:00 BST in the UK, while those in the United States will be able to watch the contest on ESPN+ at 12:00 p.m. EST.

What have the managers said?

Borussia Mönchengladbach manager Marco Rose - "Bielefeld play with a lot of intensity and are tough to face. They like to put their opponents under pressure and have delivered strong performances recently. It will be a tough game for us."

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