18 Apr Monchengladbach vs Dortmund Preview: The clash of the two Borussias
The last African to win the Bundesliga top scorer award was Anthony Yeboah. That was in the 1993/4 season when the Ghanaian marksman shared the Torjägerkanone with Stefan Kuntz.
A year earlier Yeboah had already been joint-winner with Ulf Kirsten. Since then, African Bundesliga fans have been waiting for another African player to top the scorer lists.
That could change this time around as Gabonese international Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is involved in a neck-and-neck tussle with two-time winner Robert Lewandowski.
Both players have scored 26 goals after matchday 29, with Aubameyang grabbing his latest in Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt on the weekend.
This weekend the striker travels to Monchengladbach for the duel of the two Borussias as Dortmund takes on Monchengladbach in Saturday’s featured match in Borussia-Park.
Both teams have punched below their weight for most of the season, as Dortmund have struggled to keep up with a rampant Bayern Munich who are – once again – running away with the league, while Monchengladbach struggled out of the starting-blocks, winning just three of their opening 11 matches.
A change of coach, from Andre Schubert to Dieter Hecking, has changed things around for the Foals, who have come within striking range of qualifying for a place in the Europa League.
Disappointingly, for Dortmund, things have not improved to such an extent and although they are virtually guaranteed of finishing in the top four, thereby qualifying at worst for a Champion League play-off place, they are 16 points behind Bayern and eight behind rookies RB Leipzig. They are even a point behind surprise team Hoffenheim, who are currently in third place.
Dortmund’s win on the weekend came less than a week after the bomb attack on their team-bus left Marc Bartra injured and did wonders to ensure that normality and self-confidence returned.
Just as importantly, the game against Frankfurt also heralded the return of Marco Reus after a six-week lay-off.
Captain Marcel Schmelzer said that they were not looking towards Hoffenheim going into their games. “We had no idea how they played. We still have it in our hands. We are still playing them at home.”
Monchengladbach have their own returnee from injury as Ibrahima Traore made his first start since December in Saturday’s 5-3 defeat in Hoffenheim. The Guinea international spent several months side lined with an injury.
The game will be broadcast live on channel 245 (World Football) at 18:30 on StarSat on Saturday and the Sports Director of StarTimes Media Division, Cole He Xin, said that the current situation of the two Borussias provided the ingredients for a thrilling encounter.
“Dortmund need the points to makes sure they qualify for the Champions League, while Monchengladbach want to maintain their chances of making it to the Europa League. Neither side can afford to drop points, but of course one – or both will.”
“And then, of course, there is the added dimension of Aubameyang’s challenge for the scorer award. All of that make it a game not to be missed.”
The schedule for matchday 30 of Bundesliga is as follows:
- April 21 at 20:30: 1. FC Köln vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on channel 245 (World Football)
- April 22 at 15:30: FC Bayern München vs 1. FSV Mainz 05 on cvhannel 245 (World Football)
- April 22 at 15:30: Hertha Berlin vs VfL Wolfsburg on channel 240 (Sports Focus)
- April 22 at 15:30: Hamburger SV vs SV Darmstadt 98 on channel 241 (Sports Arena)
- April 22 at 15:30: FC Ingolstadt 04 vs SV Werder Bremen on channel 243 (Sports Life)
- April 22 at 15:30: Eintracht Frankfurt vs FC Augsburg on channel 246 (Sports Premium)
- April 22 at 18:30: Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Borussia Dortmund on channel 245 (World Football)
- April 23 at 15:30: Sport-Club Freiburg vs Bayer 04 Leverkusen on channel 243 (Sports Life)
- April 23 at 17:30: FC Schalke 04 vs RB Leipzig on channel 245 (World Football)