Borussia Monchengladbach aren’t having a good start to the season and will be hoping to shock Borussia Dortmund, who are currently headed by their former manager, Marco Rose. Monchengladbach host this clash after a 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt that left them 16th in the league standings, with four points. Meanwhile, Dortmund are third in the standings with 12 points. Monchengladbach’s loss to Frankfurt was their third in the Bundesliga this season and they have just one win in five in the league. They have no clean sheet in five league matches and failed to score in two. Monchengladbach’s matches have been high scoring, three of the last four in Bundesliga realizing over 2.5 goals and both teams scoring in three of the last five. The same has been the case in their recent meetings with Dortmund – all five have produced over 2.5 goals but Monchengladbach have struggled, losing 13 of the last 14 meetings.
Borussia Dortmund have lost just once in their last 14 matches against Monchengladbach, and they head here with a more stable run after a shaky start to the season. The last time these two sides faced off was in the German Cup quarter final. Jadon Sancho, a prolific scorer against Monchengladbach got the only goal then but here the hosts do not have to worry about him. They’ll be worried more about Erling Haaland, who has three goals in three matches against them. Haaland has also started this season on a high and is the joint leading scorer in Bundesliga; he will definitely be one to watch in this game. Dortmund have scored 17 goals in the league this season, a direct factor of their high scoring matches, but they aren’t the best defensively, having conceded 11 in five league games. In their last game, a 4-2 win over Union Berlin, Haaland scored two and in four of the last five league matches, Dortmund have scored three or more goals.
Monchengladbach are outright underdogs here, going by their recent form, as well as their head to head run against Dortmund. One player who will be in focus here is Erling Haaland. He has hit form and also has a good scoring run against Monchengladbach, a side his team has completely dominated in recent meetings. Go for Haaland to score in this game.