Preview - Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund 18 May 19

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Match Day 34
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund
Saturday, May 18th 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)

Borussia Mönchengladbach: 
Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.67
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa (12)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match: 2.39
Average goals against permatch: 1.33
Top Scorer: Paco Alcácer (18)

We should be in for a cracker at BORUSSIA-PARK on the final day of the Bundesliga season, as fourth placed Borussia Mönchengladbach play host to second placed Borrussia Dortmund, with plenty potentially on the line for both sides.

Gladbach currently hold that all important fourth Champion's League qualification spot but, only ahead of fifth placed Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference and sixth placed Eintracht Frankfurt by one point, they may not have too much room for error here.

For Dortmund it is really pretty simple. Having led the league for a long time this season, they now must win this game to have any chance at all of claiming the title having been reeled in by Bayern Munich. Even should they pick up the three points they would still need Bayern Munich to lose at home to Eintracht elsewhere on the final day. Still, a slim chance is better than no chance at all.

Dortmund ought to be pretty confident headed here having won the past seven meetings between the sides, including a 2-1 success in the reverse fixture this season, and a 1-0 win here last year.

Mamadou Doucouré, Lars Stindl, Florian Mayer and Raffael are all out injured for the home side whilst Florian Neuhaus is suspended. Dortmund will be without the suspended Marius Wolf and the injured duo of Achraf Hakimi and Dan-Axel Zagadou.

It has surprisingly been Gladbach's home form which has been letting them down of late. Following a run of 12 successive wins in front of their own fans, they have now failed to win any of their last seven, scoring more than one only once in that run, and conceding two or more five times.

Dortmund have lost only three of 16 on the road overall, but two of those have come in their last five. They have conceded two or more in four of those five.

Both sides should really be going for it here which should lead to an entertaining encounter. We will take the away side to just about edge it.

Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - 3 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  7 - 12
Shots on target: 0 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 2
Possession: 30% - 70%

Just the one booking for each side at BORUSSIA-PARK, with referee Manuel Grafe taking the names of Christoph Kramer of Gladbach and Thomas Delaney of Borussia-Dortmund.

With Bayern Munich running riot at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, it wouldn't have mattered what Dortmund did in this game in the end. They did at least do what they needed to do to give themselves a slim chance at the title though. Bossing Gladbach throughout - the home side really only had one effort against the woodwork to show for their efforts - they ran out thoroughly deserved winners on the day.

Not too much in this early. Dortmund on top, but both sides being mainly restricted to crosses into the area and efforts from range.

Then just as we looked to be goalless headed into the break, Dortmund struck in slightly fortuitous circumstances. A ball over the top finding Marco Reus down the left. His initial cross was blocked, and the ball then looked to have gone out of play before he fired in another delivery. Not spotted by the officials though and when keeper Yann Sommer flapped it clear there was Jadon Sancho to fire in first time on the volley from around ten yards out to the right. Fine finish. 0-1 at the break.

Nine minutes into the second half Dortmund doubled their advantage with a lovely free flowing goal. First time passing tearing Gladbach apart and ending with Christian Pulisic playing in a low ball across the area for Reus to slot home from five yards. 0-2 final score.

A brave effort from Dortmund but in the end,  they could quite finish off the job, giving way to Bayern in the closing months of the season. They finish second, but only two points behind Bayern, so have at least closed the gap. Disappointing result for Gladbach. They finish fifth and head to the Europa League.

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