Both teams rely on very high pressing in the initial phase.
Standard boss Hofmann brings the free kick a few meters in front of the right edge of the penalty area with the right up in the middle. In the center of the fiver he finds Ginter’s skull, whose header probably wouldn’t have come bad at all, but Embolo stands in the way and blocks the finish.
Kohr applies early for a yellow card. On the left defender, he blows the next whistle against himself.
Again someone is in the middle of the field. But this time one of the other teams, Burkardt, is fouled on the sidelines of the bench. Elvedi lets his leg stand and prevents an attack.
Jonas Hofmann gets to feel Dominik Kohr’s sole on his shin at the center line. It’s not the first foul of the evening!
Right at the beginning Ginter cannot hold Karim Onisiwo, who starts explosively at the center line. The Austrian international sprints towards the sixteen, penetrates it on the left and then lays in the center. Jonny Burkardt is relatively free there, but the pass comes a little in his back and the young striker slips away.
In the first duels there is a good sharpness right away. It is not scanned here!
As usual, the FSV appears in the club colors red and white, the foals play in black away dress.
Here we go! The referee Schröder approves the game.
The prerequisites of this encounter strongly indicate a high-class, exciting and hotly contested game. The recent past of the duel between the two teams does not speak for the home side: they lost the last three home games against Borussia. Can you stop this series today?
The encounter is something special for Bo Svensson, the “coach of the hour” has a Gladbach past. Today he doesn’t want to be impressed by the comfortable looking situation and stated before the game that he was looking at the content of the games. In the Elf vom Niederrhein he sees a “high-class, very, very difficult opponent. His counterpart Adi Hütter also speaks high tones of the opponent and demands” tactical discipline and tackling strength “from his men in order not to let the fast-paced Rheinhessen get rolling .
There are certainly many factors that are responsible for this table situation of the Rheinhessen. In the last few weeks, however, one player in particular stood out: Jonny Burkardt. The U21 international has been directly involved in seven goals in the last four games, five of which he scored himself. With only ten goals conceded, last year’s twelfth also has the second best defense in the league. So this is a stable nut that the guests from Mönchengladbach have to crack today. With Hofmann, Pléa and the formally strong Embolo, however, they have a few promising candidates who can be dangerous for the opposing defense.
With the zero fives it was questionable whether captain Moussa Niakhaté can play today. The Frenchman was absent against Bielefeld for reasons of stress control, but today, to the delight of all who keep it with Mainz 05, he is back from the beginning. To do this, David Nemeth takes a seat on the bench. FSV coach Svensson leaves it at this change compared to the Bielefeld game. Gladbach coach Hütter also only swaps once compared to the last matchday. However, it did not hit Denis Zakaria, who was plagued by margin and intestinal problems during the week, but Lars Stindl. The captain gets a break today and is represented by youngster Luca Netz.
After the bumpy start to the season, Borussia is now on the right track. The best proof of this was the seemingly surreal dismantling of the large FC Bayern Munich in the DFB Cup. Not that much of this brilliant achievement could be seen in the following league game against the promoted team from Bochum, but at the end of the day only the three points that the Hütter-Elf could take in Borussia-Park count. As a result, she moved up to tenth place in the table, but is only two points behind today’s opponents.
Mainz seem to have overcome their low from mid-September to mid-October well. The Svensson-Elf recently celebrated three competitive victories in a row and after the successes at home against Augsburg and in Bielefeld can actually sniff the air of the international places! Not very many experts foresaw that either. With a total of 16 points, the FSV is in fifth place before the matchday and is close on the heels of Leverkusen in fourth.
Welcome to the 11th matchday of the Bundesliga! At the start of the football weekend, 1. FSV Mainz 05 has the foal elf from Gladbach as a guest. The ball will roll in the MEWA Arena from 8:30 p.m.