Preview - Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund 26 September 21

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Match Day 6
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund
Sunday, September 26th, 2021
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK

Borussia Mönchengladbach:   
Last five matches form: D L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.80
Top Scorer: Lars Stindl (2)

Borussia Dortmund:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 3.40
Average goals against per match: 2.20
Top Scorer: Erling Braut Haaland (7)

It's a battle of the Borussia's on Match Day 6 in the Bundesliga as Gladbach play host to Dortmund in what looks to be one of the standout fixtures of the week.

It was honours even in the league meetings between these sides last season - Gladbach winning 4-2 in this one and Dortmund coming out on top 3-0 in the reverse fixture.

Stefan Lainer and Mamadou Doucouré are expected to miss out for the home side. Emre Can, Mateu Morey and Julian Brandt are the Dortmund absentees.

Gladbach started the season well enough in holding champions Bayern to a draw here in their opener, but have since lost at Leverkusen, Union Berlin and Augsburg. They did at least beat Arminia Bielefeld in their only other home game so far this season though.

Surprisingly defeated at Freiburg, Dortmund have been impressive in winning each of their other four games, hitting four or more goals in three of those four wins. Their other game on the road saw them come out on top in a 4-3 thriller at Leverkusen.

The fact that Gladbach have scored one or fewer in four of their five fixtures so far this season would be a concern coming up against this rampant Dortmund outfit. One goal may not be enough to get anything from this one with Haaland looking all but unplayable at present. Away win.

Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 3 Borussia Dortmund


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 15 - 8
Shots on target: 3 - 0
Corner Kicks: 5 - 1
Possession: 55% - 45%
Referee: Deniz Aytekin

Borussia Mönchengladbach: Denis Zakaria (Yellow), Lars Stindl (Yellow), Luca Netz (Yellow), Kouadio Koné (Yellow)
Borussia Dortmund: Mahmoud Dahoud (Yellow, RED 40 minutes), Marin Pongracic (Yellow), Jude Bellingham (Yellow)

37 minutes 1-0 (Denis Zakaria): Zakaria found on the edge of the area and central, being tackled as he drove into the box, but the ball taking a couple of deflections off two Dortmund defenders and running back into his path 12-yards out to the right of centre. Fortunate, but he made no mistake from there, firing home into the left-hand side.

Analysis: Dortmund certainly started brightly enough in this one. Mats Hummels getting on the end of a free kick from out on the right to plant an excellent header into the bottom left in just the eighth minute - only for his effort to be correctly chalked off for offside.

Whilst not creating much, Dortmund were still very much in this game approaching the break, and then the match turned on its head in the space of three minutes - Gladbach opening the scoring, and shortly after Dahoud being given his marching orders. The second of his yellows coming after a slightly innocuous challenge, and the card may well have been brandished for his petulant reaction as much as the foul itself.

Of course, the most glaring factor here was the fact that Erling Braut-Haaland did not make the line-up. Dortmund not anything like the same side without their talismanic focal point - failing to register even a single shot on target over the course of the ninety minutes.

A narrow but relatively comfortable success for the hosts overall.

League Standings: Gladbach eleventh on the back of this. Dortmund sit fourth.

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