Darmstadt vs Borussia Monchengladbach Preview & Prediction | 2023-24 German Bundesliga
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No side has conceded more Bundesliga goals so far this season than bottom-placed Darmstadt, whose latest thumping came at the hands of high-flying Bayer Leverkusen last time out. Knocked out of the DFB-Pokal and pointless after three rounds of league fixtures, it has not been a happy return to the German top flight for the 2. Bundesliga runners-up as it stands.
Frustratingly for Darmstadt was the fact that they went in at half-time level at the BayArena, after having equalised against Leverkusen courtesy of Oscar Vilhelmsson following Victor Boniface’s opener. But it all unravelled in the second half as Xabi Alonso’s side stepped up a gear and blew Darmstadt away, ultimately winning 5-1.
It always felt like this was going to be a tough season for Borussia Monchengladbach, perhaps one of transition following the loss of key personnel over the summer. However, such a poor start will have no doubt concerned the hierarchy, with the club inside the bottom three going into the international break and pressure among supporters now building.
Like Darmstadt, Gladbach’s backline have not covered themselves in glory over the past month or so, shipping nine goals in total. But they did at least give Bayern Munich a real scare, the Bundesliga champions needing a late goal from substitute Mathys Tel to seal a hard-fought 1-2 victory, keeping Gladbach on just one point in the process.
THE TEAM NEWS
Striker Fraser Hornby has not recovered from a thigh injury in time to play any part and has company in that regard. Braydon Manu is suffering with tonsillitis and the hosts are also without Fabio Torsiello and Christoph Zimmermann, the latter being simply unable to catch a break when it comes to injuries.
PREDICTED XI (3-5-2): Schuhen; Klarer, Maglica, Isherwood; Bader, Mehlem, Franjic, Holland, Karic; Pfeiffer, Vilhelmsson
UNAVAILABLE: Hornby (Injured), Manu (Illness), Torsiello (Injured), Zimmermann (Injured)
Moritz Nicolas will continue to deputise in goal for first-choice keeper Jonas Omlin, the Swiss stopper is still nursing a shoulder injury. Knee issues have side-lined both Manu Kone and Christoph Kramer, whilst Luca Netz and Jan Olschowsky are extremely unlikely to play here.
PREDICTED XI (4-2-3-1): Nicolas; Scally, Friedrich, Itakura, Wober; Weigl, Neuhaus; Ngoumou, Reitz, Plea; Cvancara
UNAVAILABLE: Kone (Injured), Kramer (Injured), Lainer (Illness), Omlin (Injured)
QUESTIONABLE: Netz (Injured), Olschowsky (Illness)
Both these two clubs come into this encounter in bad form and with no momentum behind them. For Darmstadt, it is critically important that they shape up defensively and their backline can establish some sort of stability between them, even if this means adjusting their playstyle. Borussia Monchengladbach meanwhile, can’t get anything going from an attacking point of view since the opening weekend, scoring just once post that game and it would be no surprise if we saw a turgid affair in Darmstadt. With that in mind, backing under 2.5 goals scored has to be favoured.
TIP: UNDER 2.5 GOALS