Preview - Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Borussia Mönchengladbach 16 February 20

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Match Day 22
Fortuna Düsseldorf  vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach
Sunday, February 16th 2020
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Merkur Spiel-Arena

Fortuna Düsseldorf:
Last five matches form: W L L D D
Average goals per match: 0.95
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Rouwen Hennings (11)

Borussia Mönchengladbach:
Last five matches form: W D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 1.15
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa ( 8 )

There are a few top versus bottom clashes on Match Day in the Bundesliga; one of which comes here at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, as third bottom Fortuna Düsseldorf play host to fourth placed Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Already four points adrift of safety, the home side likely can't afford to miss too many opportunities to pick up points - particularly at home. This does look a pretty tall order though.

Four points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich, Gladbach can cut that gap to just a single point if winning this game in hand.

Dusseldorf picked up a 3-1 win in the game here last season. The reverse fixture in the current campaign went Gladbach's way - 2-1 the score-line on that occasion.

David Kownacki is out injured for the home side whilst Andre Hoffman is suspended. The suspended Alassane Pléa looks like being the sole absentee for Gladbach, leaving the visitors to cope without their top scorer.

Fortuna head into this with just the one win in their past eleven Bundesliga fixtures, but have at least managed to pick up a point in each of their last two. They have won three of ten at home overall - only managing to score more than once on two occasions, but conceding one or fewer in seven of ten.

Gladbach were excellent in their most recent away fixture when picking up a point at Leipzig. This looks a significantly easier fixture on paper. They are however now without a win in each of their last five on the road - failing to score in three of those games.

Gladbach really ought to be winning this, but that poor recent win rate combined with the absence of Pléa may mean they have to settle for a draw.

Prediction: Fortuna Düsseldorf  1 - 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots: 9 - 17
Shots on target: 4 - 6
Corner Kicks: 2 - 5
Possession: 50% - 50%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Daniel Siebert taking the names of Kaan Ayhan and Mathias Jorgensen of the home side and Lars Stindl and Marcus Thuram of the visitors.

Nothing to split the sides on possession, but Gladbach did way more with the ball that they did have and deserved this in the end.

Both sides were having their moments early, but it was Gladbach who struck first in the 22nd minute. Marcus Thuram carrying the ball a long way down the right flank before cutting inside and slipping in Jonas Hoffman in the right of the area. Smart finish from Hoffman into the bottom left corner from seven yards out to the right.

The lead only lasted for seven minutes. Kaan Ayhan lofting the ball in from deep on the right. Erik Thommy doing very well to control and spin around the penalty spot area, holding off his man and firing home high up the middle from around eight yards out to the right. 1-1 at the break.

The visitors were back in front six minutes into the second half. Thuram played in down the middle and laying the ball off to his right as the keeper came out to meet him. Lars Stindl the man on hand to finish into the empty net.

13 minutes from time, Gladbach all but made sure of the points. Denis Zakaria powering into the area from the left flank before cutting the ball back to Stindl around seven yards out to the left. Stindl finishing into the right-hand side via a deflection.

Five minutes later it was four. Florian Neuhaus doing well to juggle into the area from the left-hand side before firing on goal from ten yards or so. His effort taking a huge deflection and just about making it over the line to the left-hand side.

1-4 final score.

Gladbach stay in touch. Still lying in fourth spot after this one, but still only three points off the top of the table. Düsseldorf remain third bottom and four points adrift of safety.

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