Preview - Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund 08 March 20

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Match Day 25
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund
Sunday, March 8th 2020
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)

Borussia Mönchengladbach:
Last five matches form: W D W D W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa ( 8 )

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.75
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Jadon Sancho (14)

It's a battle of the Borussia's in the pick of the Match Day 25 fixtures in the Bundesliga, as Mönchengladbach welcome Dortmund to BORUSSIA-PARK. Fourth and third respectively heading into the game, with Gladbach only two points behind Dortmund with a game in hand, there would look to be plenty riding on this, both in terms of the title race and the battle for the Champion's League positions.

Dortmund have bossed this matchup of late - winning each of the past seven meetings between the sides - including a 2-0 success in the game here last season, and a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

No confirmed absentees for Gladbach at present, but the influential Marcus Thuram is rated a slight doubt. Marco Reus looks like being the only absentee for Dortmund.

Gladbach are maintaining the momentum of their excellent start to the season and head into this unbeaten in their last five in the league. They have lost only one of eleven at home so far this season - winning eight of their last nine, and scoring two or more in eight of eleven overall.

With six wins in their last seven, Dortmund are also ticking along pretty nicely at present. With five wins from twelve, their away form has been a little patchy - something they will need to improve upon in the remainder of the season. They are good for a goal on the road though, having notched two or more in eight of twelve.

This has all the makings of a cracker. Gladbach do boast the better defence, which together with home advantage can see them break their Dortmund hoodoo.

Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 - 2 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots: 10 - 10
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks:  3 - 3
Possession: 45% - 55%

Plenty of cards dished out at BORUSSIA-PARK. Christoph Kramer, Ramy Bensebaini, Matthias Ginter, Stefan Lainer and Florian Neuhaus of Gladbach, and Axel Witsel, Dan Zagadou, Emre Can, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Guerreiro of Dortmund all having their names taken by referee Sascha Stegemann.

This really could have gone either way in what was a very even encounter on the stats. Dortmund did just edge the shots on target and possession metrics though and, having also struck the woodwork, if there had to be a winner they probably did just about deserve it.

It was an excellent start for Dortmund, with the away side taking the lead in just the eighth minute. Dortmund's high press forcing Gladbach into a mistake, and Erling Haaland finding Thorgan Hazard in the area. Hazard heading from the penalty spot to the right, before turning back smartly and firing an effort info the bottom left from around 12-yards out and to the right of the penalty spot.

And that's the way it stayed until half-time.

The home side drew level just five minutes into the second half. A corner from the left making its way to Alassane Pléa around nine yards out to the right. Pléa's low cross come shot being turned home down the middle from five yards by Lars Stindl.

What turned out to be Dortmund's winner arrived 19 minutes from time. Achraf Hakimi played in in acres of space down the right; Hakimi's touch looked to be too heavy at first, but he still got there before the keeper to fire home low into the left hand side from towards the right corner of the six yard box.

1-2 final score.

Really big win on the road for Dortmund this. They now move up to second spot and are only one point behind leaders Bayern Munich - although the defending champions are still to play on Match Day 25, and will be heavily favoured to win in their home clash with Dortmund. Disappointment for Gladbach who drop down to fifth spot and six points off the top.

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