Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Arminia Bielefeld preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Two defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin have left Gladbach with some catching up to do if they want to achieve European football. Despite the season being only three games old, the hammering they took at the BayArena would have sent warnings through Mönchengladbach. A home game against Arminia Bielefeld seems a presentable opportunity for Hütter to pick up his first win since taking over the helm. Although Frank Kramer has made Bielefeld significantly tougher to beat since replacing Uwe Neuhaus in March. The one time this didn't apply was in their last trip to Borussia-Park in which they got thumped 5-0.

As for the start to this term, Kramer's side have drawn all three of their opening games. At home to Eintracht Frankfurt and Freiburg while a trip to newly promoted Greuther Fürth ended 1-1. If you were to offer Kramer another draw this weekend, he would probably take it.

Team News

Borussia Mönchengladbach - The two main absentees for the hosts are Stefan Lainer with a broken ankle and Marcus Thuram with a knee injury. Both injuries were picked up in that infamous trip to Leverkusen. Matthias Ginter has only just recovered from COVID-19 while youngster Mamdou Doucouré is out with a long term issue. Manu Koné and Ramy Bensebaini have recovered from their respective problems and are able to play on Sunday.

Arminia Bielefeld - The only absentee for the visitors is new signing Sebastian Vasiliadis while fellow newbie Alessandro Schöpf is available after completing a suspension.

Predicted lineups 

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Yann Sommer; Joe Scally, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, Ramy Bensebaini; Christoph Kramer, Florian Neuhaus; Lars Stindl, Jonas Hofmann, Hannes Wolf; Alassane Pléa

Arminia Bielefeld - Stefan Ortega; Cedric Brunner, Joakim Nilsson, Amos Pieper, Jacob Laursen; Masaya Okugawa, Alessandro Schöpf, Manuel Prietl, Robin Hack; Bryan Lasme, Fabian Klos

Form guide

Borussia Mönchengladbach - WWDLL - last game - 2-1 (L) vs Union Berlin

Arminia Bielefeld - WWDDD - last game - 1-1 vs Eintracht Frankfurt

Ones to watch

Borussia Mönchengladbach - Jonas Hofmann has been playing right-back with the German national team this week but Hütter has already confirmed that won't be happening with his club side. Last season, Hofmann was involved with 17 goals for Die Fohlen so moving him away from attacking midfield would likely harness their creativity. If Gladbach are to win on Sunday, expect Hofmann to play a significant role.

Arminia Bielefeld - Although Frank Kramer's side have been busy in the transfer market, the best bit of business they did was keeping hold of talented centre-back Amos Pieper. The 23-year-old has been involved in the European U21 success with Germany while also playing a part in the Olympics. Bielefeld's defensive record significantly improved when Kramer took over and a large part of that was Pieper's partnership with Joakim Nilsson. At only 23, the former Dortmund youngster has time to develop and will probably move to a more established side eventually.

Previous meetings 

Last season, Gladbach won both games. 1-0 at the Schüco Arena, and a 5-0 thumping at Borussia-Park. It will be interesting to see if Breel Embolo plays a part who scored three against Sunday's opponents last term.

Where to watch on TV

The game will be available to viewers in the UK on the Sky Sports App.

What the managers have said 

Borussia Mönchengladbach, Adi Hütter - "Arminia are tricky opponents. We need to take control of the game and come up with better solutions in the final third than we did against Union."

"We need to be more incisive when defending and recognise threats better when we have numbers back. Stopping our opponents from getting shots and crosses away is also something when we need to improve. "

 

 

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