Matthias Ginter will aim to help Borussia Mönchengladbach extend their four-match unbeaten run by keeping Anthony Modeste quiet as they welcome their Rhine derby rivals to Cologne on Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm CEST).
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The Foals have steered clear of danger of late – heading into Matchday 30 11 points clear of the bottom three – and have given themselves an outside chance to qualify for European football. Captain Lars Stindl could make just his second start since his six-game injury layoff after earning a 15-minute appearance in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Greuther Fürth, while Jonas Hofmann could also return to the starting XI after coming off the bench late on Matchday 29 after missing three games with a muscle injury. Tony Jantschke is available after illness, while Ramy Bensebaini and Luca Netz both trained with the squad on Tuesday after overcoming injuries, and could challenge Joe Scally for his place on the left. However, Marvin Friedrich is absent while Marcus Thuram, who received a knock against Fürth, is doubtful. “We are all aware of the importance of this match for the fans,” said coach Adi Hütter. “We will give everything this weekend to continue our positive momentum. a very good derby in front of a full house.”
Cologne find themselves eighth, one point behind the European places before the match against their arch-rivals, which they beat 4-1 on Matchday 13. Jan Thielmann and Timo Hübers return after serving a one-game suspension in Mainz’s 3-2 loss last time out, which ended the Billy Goats’ two-game losing streak. Sebastian Andersson could feature after missing the Matchday 29 win through illness. “For many people, the derby against Gladbach is special. But that’s also true for Gladbach,” said Cologne coach Steffen Baumgart, who could also dispose of Benno Schmitz after a two-game break with a hamstring injury. -legs.
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- Ten of Gladbach’s last 11 goals have come from Alassane Plea (four), Thuram and Breel Embolo (both three).
- The Foals are on their longest unbeaten streak under Hütter (four games: W3, D1).
- Gladbach scored a league-high 63% of their goals in the first half (26/41). Cologne lead the division in second-half goals scored (71%; 29/41).
- Nine of Modeste’s 15 goals this season have been headers. The Frenchman has scored three goals in seven games for Cologne against Gladbach.
- The Billy Goats have scored a league-high 15 times from crosses, including three in the reverse game. They also delivered the most crosses in open play in the division (416); Gladbach the least (184).
- Although Cologne have won the last two derbies, they have more Bundesliga defeats against Gladbach (51) than any other opponent.
The probable compositions
Gladbach: Sommer – Ginter, Elvedi, Beyer – Lainer, Neuhaus, Kone, Bensebaini – Hofmann, Stindl (c) – Advocacy
Outside: Friedrich (physical form)
Doubtful: Netz (abs), Thuram (hitting)
Coach: Adi Hutter
Cologne: Schwäbe – Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) – Skhiri, Özcan – Ljubicic, Uth, Kainz – Modeste
Doubtful: Andersson (not included), Schindler (personal reasons)
Coach: Steffen Baumgart