The Bundesliga kicks off its weekend action at Borussia-Park as Borussia Monchengladbach hosts Werder Bremen, two teams striving to climb up the league table and bridge the gap towards the European places.
Gladbach’s dramatic win in the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals last week was followed by a sobering defeat to Union Berlin over the weekend.
Gerardo Seoane’s side succumbed to a 3-0 loss, halting their recent improvement in the Bundesliga despite winning five of their last eight league games.
The team’s impressive home form has been pivotal, with five consecutive home victories contributing to their progression in the Pokal. Despite a shaky start, they’re still within reach of the European spots, sitting seven points away.
Scoring hasn’t been an issue for Gladbach, netting 28 goals in 14 league matches, but their defensive vulnerabilities persist, with only Darmstadt having a worse defensive record.
Werder Bremen, on the other hand, faces a daunting task against a strong home team, struggling with their away form.
They’ve secured just one point in their last nine Bundesliga away matches, currently sitting at the bottom of the away points table.
Despite their away woes, a win against Gladbach could propel Bremen into the top half, showcasing the importance of improving their away performances.
Gladbach’s attackers Tomas Cvancara and Robin Hack are uncertain due to illness, while several players like Jantschke, Itakura, and Siebatcheu might return soon. However, goalkeeper Jonas Omlin will be out until 2024.
Bremen faces their own injury concerns with Friedl and Zetterer out until January. Veljkovic and Bittencourt could be nearing returns, but Rapp, Opitz, and Pieper remain long-term absentees.
Scally, Elvedi, Freidrich;
Weigl, Neuhaus, Reits, Netz, Honorat;
Gross, Stark, Jung;
Weiser, Schmid, Stage, Lynen, Agu;
Prediction: Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Werder Bremen
With Gladbach’s strong home form and Bremen’s away struggles, a high-scoring encounter is anticipated with Gladbach securing another three points, continuing their dominance at home against Bremen.