Gladbach’s campaign in Bundesliga this season has been quite unexpected. They have been on the top of the table and topple the defending champions, Bayern Munich and the favourite Borussia Dortmund. Marco Rose’s men have had 7 wins one draw and two defeats. The season is surely still far from over and they need to focus one game at a time to keep their feet on the ground. This weekend, they will be hosting Werder Bremen, which is still struggling to get their third win in domestic league after series of draw result. The match will be at Borussia Park.
Gladbach’s impressive form this season wonders all pundits in Germany, especially since they lost their star, Thorgan Hazard who moved to Dortmund last summer. However, Marco Rose seems to know the rope in building the team from the scratch. Gladbach’s new signings, Marcus Thuram, Bree Embolo and Stefan Lainer managed to tune in with Rose’s system of play. Last week, in matchday 9, they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in their away fixture. The Swedish winger Oscar Wendt and Marcus Thuram scored the goals. They were only conceded by a goal from Kevin Volland. In Europa League, Marco Rose’s men also managed to secure three points while hosting AS Roma. They won 2-1 by an own goal of Federico Fazio and late goal of Marcus Thuram.
Werder Bremen seems to be stuck in a negative trend. They have been unable to win in their last six games with five draws consecutively and one loss. Last week, They had to lose another prospective win while hosting Freiburg. Davy Klaessen and Co were held in 2-2 draw. As usual, they took the lead twice by Milot Rashica’s and Gebre Selassie’s goal. Unfortunately, both of their leads were equalised by the former Bremen striker, Nils Petersen.
Missing players and probable line ups:
Marco Rose has been deploying several formations this season such 3-5-2, 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3. The absence of Allaesane Plea, the current top performer, because of his muscle injury, can be covered by Marcus Thuram, the son of former French wing back in 1998 World Cup, Lillian Thuram. Some other players which have to be sidelined due to injuries or suspension are Raffael (adductor problems), Bree Embolo (torn muscle fibre) and Ramy Bensebaini (muscular problems), Denis Zakaria (suspension).
Gladbach: Yann Sommer; Mathias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, Toni Jantschke; Oscar Wendt, Florient Neuhaus, Christopher Kramer, Stefan Lainer, Lars Stidl; Patrick Hermann, Marcus Thuram.
Bremen under Florian Kohfeldt often employs various formation from 4-3-3, 3-4-3 or 4-3-1-2. The only issue they have to overcome soon is the more disciplined defense line and how to protect the lead. Unfortunately, some players have to be ruled out such as Leonardo Bittencourt (suspended), Niklas Fullkrug (cruciate ligament rupture) and Ludwig Augustinsson (knee injury).
Werder Bremen: Jiri Pavlevka; Michael Lang, Gebre Selassie, Marco Friedl, Omer Toprak, Milos Veljkovic; Davy Klaessen, Max Eggstein, Nuri Sahin; Milot Rashica, Yuya Osako.
The host seems to be more dominant in the head-to-head meetings. Gladbach won five times and only lost once in the last eight encounters. Bremen’s last victory against Gladbach was back in 2015.
Gladbach’s positive trend is likely to continue considering Kohfeldt’s men form lately. Unless they have the shocking tactics for Lars Stidl and Co, they might have to lose the game or at least another draw in this fixture.
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