Freiburg vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Shawrzwald-Stadion, Freiburg im Breisgau
Friday, 05-06-2020 @9:30pm
Borussia Monchengladbach will be hoping to take a gigantic step towards Champions League qualification when they take on Freiburg on Friday night.
Marco Rose’s side are currently 4th, level on points (56) with Bayer Leverkusen who will be in action at home to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday.
Victory for Gladbach may see them finally put some reasonable distance between themselves and Bayer who face a tougher task on match-day 30.
The visitors come into the game on the back of a 4-1 victory over Union Berlin and they will be hoping to continue in the same vain against a Freiburg side that they have beaten on all of their three previous meetings.
For the hosts, they are still on the search for a first victory since the league resumed last month.
In their four games in that period, they have drawn two and lost as many including a 1-0 defeat at home to Leverkusen last weekend.
Sitting just four points off Wolfsburg who occupy the last Europa League spot, Freiburg know they must win to maintain hopes of reaching Europe next season.
Freiburg are sweating on the fitness of defender Robin Koch, who was forced off in the second half of last weekend’s loss to Leverkusen. Janik Haberer has also struggled with injuries recently and is a doubt for the weekend, but Gian-Luca Waldschmidt is in contention to feature having come off the bench last time out.
As far as Monchengladbach are concerned, Rose will again be without Denis Zakaria, Fabian Johnson and Tobias Strobl when they travel to Freiburg. Veteran forward Raffael also picked up a recent ankle injury and is unlikely to feature, with Breel Embolo’s absence all but guaranteeing that Thuram, Plea and Lars Stindl are set to start together once again. Defender Tony Jantschke returns from a one-match suspension but will most likely start on the bench, although World Cup winner Christoph Kramer is in line to feature from the first whistle.
The first meeting between the two sides, this season, ended in a 2-1 victory for Gladbach.
The other Bundesliga games this weekend
-Leipzig vs Paderbon @4:30pm
-Frankfurt vs Mainz @4:30pm
-Leverkusen vs Bayern @4:30pm
-Dusseldorf vs Hoffenheim @4:30pm
-Dortmund vs Hertha Berlin @7:30pm
-Bremen vs Wolfsburg @2:30pm
-Union Berlin vs Schalke @4:30pm
-Augsburg vs Koln @7pm