Borussia Monchengladbach vs Union Berlin
Borussia Park, Monchengladbach
Sunday, 31-05-2020 @4:30pm
Borussia Monchengladbach will be desperate to return to winning ways when they host Union Berlin on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts have not won any of their past two games, losing 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen before drawing 0-0 against Werder Bremen last time out.
Currently in 4th, they will know that they need to be winning consistently so as to secure the final champions league spot as soon as possible.
For Union, they are trying to secure their top tier status in their maiden campaign among the big boys.
However, they have had to endure a miserable run of results since the league resumed, winning none of their three fixtures in that period.
They currently sit four points above the relegation zone and coming off a draw at home to Mainz in their latest fixture.
Gladbach will be without the services of centre-back Tony Jantschke through suspension, while Fabian Johnson, Denis Zakaria and Tobias Strobl are also expected to miss out through injury. Breel Embolo is also unlikely to feature, meaning that Marcus Thuram and Lars Stindl should again provide support to lone forward Alassane Plea in the final third. Jonas Hofmann is in line to return to the XI, meanwhile, after starting on the bench against Bremen.
For Union, Robert Andrich will miss out following his red card against Mainz last time out, meaning that there could be a spot in the middle of the park for Joshua Mees. Sheraldo Becker and Akaki Gogia are both still injured, but the capital side did not pick up any other fitness concerns in their last match, meaning that there are not expected to be many changes. As a result, Marius Bulter, Sebastian Andersson and Marcus Ingvartsen should continue as a front three.
Among all the 52 teams Borussia Monchengladbach have faced in the Bundesliga, Union Berlin are the only side they are yet to beat. The Foals were top of the table when they met Union on Matchday 12, one point clear of Bayern Munich. They now trail the league leaders by nine points. Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram have nine and eight Bundesliga goals, respectively, so far this season. Both have weighed in with eight assists. Union have come out on top in each of their two previous meetings with Gladbach, winning the reverse fixture and triumphing on penalties in the 2000-01 DFB Cup semi-finals. Union’s leading marksman Sebastian Andersson scored 12 times across each of his previous two full Bundesliga 2 campaigns. He is already on 11 after 28 matchdays this season.
Bundesliga other game on Sunday
-Paderbon vs Dortmund @7pm
-Koln vs Leipzig @9:30pm
Bundesliga match-day 29 results so far
-Freiburg 0-1 Leverkusen
-Hertha Berlin 2-0 Augsburg
-Mainz 0-1 Hoffenheim
-Schalke 0-1 Bremen
-Wolfsburg 1-2 Frankfurt
-Bayern 5-0 Dusseldorf