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Professionals, 7. December 2018

Opposition profile: Focus on Borussia Mönchengladbach

VfB Stuttgart take on Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday evening (kick-off 18:00 CET) in their penultimate away game of the year. Our opposition profile has the lowdown on the Foals.

Form

With wins against the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen to their name, Gladbach have established themselves at the top end of the Bundesliga table this season. The Foals’ three-match winning run ended with defeat at RB Leipzig last Sunday, their third loss in the league this season, but Dieter Hecking’s side remain the closest challengers to leaders Borussia Dortmund with 26 points from 13 games.

Ex-players

Gladbach winger Ibrahima Traoré laced his boots for VfB from 2011 to 2014, making 75 of his 152 Bundesliga appearances to date before moving to the Lower Rhine region four years ago.

The newcomers

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl brought in a number of players over the summer, including Alassane Plea, Switzerland international Michael Lang (from FC Basel), Danish left-back Andreas Poulsen (FC Midtjylland) and attacking talent Keanan Bennetts (Tottenham Hotspur youth academy). Florian Neuhaus has also broken into the Foals’ first team this season following his loan spell at Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Stadium

In 2004, Borussia moved from their famous old Bökelbergstadion to the newly built, 54,022-capacity Borussia-Park. Last season the club attracted average crowds of over 50,000.

Borussia Mönchengladbach club info

Founded: 1 August 1900

Colours: Black, white and green

Members: Approx. 83,400