Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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It's sixteenth vs third in the Bundesliga this weekend as Borussia Möchengadbach welcome Borussia Dortmund to the hallowed turf of Borussia-Park.  

Gladbach come into this match off the back of a dismal one-goal to nil defeat against 14th place FC Augsburg. 

The result put Gladbach in an even more dire position with them currently sitting in 16th place in the Bundesliga with four points and only managing to score five goals and with a difficult match against high flying VFL Wolfsburg next week before the second international break, it means the club could find themselves in troubling circumstances.

In contrast, Dortmund continued their chase for the Bundesliga title by demolishing  Union Berlin four goals to two.

It means Dortmund find themselves in third place only a point adrift of Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, and with a match against SC Sporting in the champions league on Tuesday and Ausburg on Sunday, if results go their way they could go into the second international break leading the Bundesliga. 

Team news

Adi Hütter has got several injury concerns ahead of the match on Saturday. Jonas Hoffman and Marcus Thuram two of Gladbach's most important players still remain unavailable while right-back Stefan Lainer is also unavailable.

Marco Rose and Dortmund have a massive injury list despite their brilliant start to the season. Attacking midfielders Julian Brandt and wonderkid Givonnai Reyna are set to miss out while center-back Dan-Axel Zagadou is also out through injury. 

Predicted lineups

Borussia Mönchengladbach: Sommer, Scally, Elvedi, Ginter, Beyer, Zakaria, Neuhaus, Netz, Stindl, Herrman, Embolo

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro, Bellingham, Witsel, Dahoud, Reus, Haaland, Malen

Players to watch

Lars Stindl

With key players such as Hoffman and Thuram getting injured this season, Gladbach have needed a player to step up and perform. That player is Lars Stindl.

Although he is in the final years of his playing career, he is the main man with him involved in many of Gladbach's attack, he also has an eye for goal as he demonstrated earlier this season when he got a brace against Arminia Bielefeld.

Stindl will need to be on top form if Gladbach want any chance of causing an upset.

Erling Haaland

What more can you say about Erling  Haaland. He has so far scored seven goals in five matches including a brace in three. With his tremendous height and power, he causes problems for any defense regardless of how good the defenders are.

Dortmund will be hoping that Haaland can get his first hat trick of the season on Saturday as well as helping them win, and given that Gladbach have already conceded nine goals Haaland will be fancying his chances.

Last time out

The last time these two played was on matchday 18 of last season where Gladbach ran out winners beating Dortmund by four goals to two.

Gladbach started the match on fire and almost took the lead when Florian Neuhaus scored in the first minute however VAR overturned the decision and the goal was disallowed.

Gladbach continued to make chances and eventually, in the 11th minute, they took the lead. Gladbach won a set piece in the attacking third and Nico Elvedi headed the ball into the bottom right-hand corner following a wicked cross from Jonas Hoffman.

However, the lead didn't last long, in the 22nd minute Haaland scored to get Dortmund level following a good piece of play by Jadon Sancho. Things then went from bad to worse for Gladbach as just five minutes later Dortmund got a second to take the lead with Haaland scoring his second goal of the match.

However, Gladbach managed to get an equalizer just before halftime. Like the first goal, it came from a set-piece however this time Elvedi put the ball into the back of the net with his feet rather than his head.

Gladbach started the second half like the first and managed to score their third goal four minutes after halftime. This time it was the left-back Rami Bensabiani, whose right-footed shot from the left-hand side of the box found the bottom right corner.

Gladbach finished the game off in the 79th minute when Marcus Thuram got their fourth to seal the game. following a bad corner, Florian Neuhaus whipped a dangerous ball into the box and Thuram powered his header into the top right-hand corner.

How to watch

Fans in the UK can tune to sky sports football at 5:30 pm on Saturday night to catch the game while fans in the US can watch the match on ESPN+.

 

 

 

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