Match Day 17
Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Saturday, December 22nd 2018
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Last five matches form: W W W W L
Average goals per match: 2.63
Average goals against per match:1.06
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (12)
Last five matches form: W L W D W
Average goals per match: 2.19
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa & Thorgan Hazard (9)
We have a huge clash to kick off the Match Day 17 action in the Bundesliga as table toppers Borussia Dortmund welcome second placed Borussia Mönchengladbach to their Westfalenstadion home. There had been nine points between these sides headed into the midweek fixtures, but with Dortmund losing and Borussia Mönchengladbach winning, the visitors can cut that gap to just three points with a win here.
Dortmund did the double over Mönchengladbach last season, smashing their rivals 6-1 here and coming out on top 1-0 in the reverse fixture.
Dan-Axel Zagadou, Abdou Diallo and Manuel Akanji miss out for the home side. Borussia Mönchengladbach must do without Matthias Ginter, Raffael, Mamadou Doucouré and Julio Villalba.
Borussia Dortmund head into this game on the back of a surprising defeat to Fortuna Düsseldorf in midweek - their first in the league in 15 games - and they will no doubt be looking to bounce straight back here. They have won seven of eight at home this season, scoring two or more goals in every game.
Mönchengladbach have been on a pretty good run themselves, with just one defeat in their past seven and arrive here having kept a clean sheet in each of their past three. They haven't been anything like as good overall away from home though, with just two wins in their past 13.
An intriguing matchup. Dortmund are still playing the best football in this division for our money though and we are happy to write that midweek defeat off as a blip. Home win.
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 2 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach