Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen will star today one of the hundredth classics on the banks of the Rhine. Only two points separate both teams, a narrow margin that those of Marco Rose will try to expand against those of Peter Bosz, who intend to make the jump to the Champions positions.

05/23/2020 at 09:58


Roger Payró

Gladbach and Leverkusen were two of the fittest teams before the coronavirus-forced halt. However, judging from what was seen last day, little has been charged. Strong wins at home in Frankfurt (1-3) and Bremen (1-4) –With an exhibition by Havertz-, to keep looking up.

The ‘Obreros’ have won on three of their last four visits to Borussia Park, two of them scoring a ‘hand’ (0-5 in 2018 and 1-5 in 2017). There is no better time then for the revenge of the ‘Colts’. Johnson and Zakaria are Rose’s casualties while Bosz can’t count on Bender and Volland. The stadium will have more than 12,000 masks in the stands so that Gladbach does not miss the warmth of the fans.

Less ambitious goals pursue the Paderborn and Werder Bremen in two of the other duels of the day. Last and third last face Hoffenheim and Freiburg, two teams from the noble zone, with the imperial need to achieve the three points. Both accumulate almost four months without winning, stop by.

Probable Gladbach-Leverkusen lineups:

B. Mönchengladbach: Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini; Strobl, Neuhaus; Herrmann, Embolo, Thuram; and Plea.

Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky; Weiser, S. Bender, Tapsoba, Sinkgraven; Aranguiz, Demirbay; Bellarabi, Amiri, Diaby; and Havertz.

Stadium: Borussia Park.

Hour: 15.30.

Probable lineups Freiburg-W.Bremen:

Freiburg: Schwolow; Gulde, Lienhart, Heintz; Schmid, Koch, Höfler, Günter; Waldschmidt, Petersen and Höler.

Werder Bremen: Pavlenka; Gebre Selassie, Veljkovic, Moisander, Friedl; M. Eggestein, Bargfrede, Klaassen; Bittencourt, Selke and Rashica.

Stadium: Schwarzwald-Stadion.

Hour: 15.30.

Probable Paderborn-Hoffenheim lineups:

Paderborn: Zingerle; Dräger, Strohdiek, Schonlau, Collins; Vasiliadis, Gjasula, Sabiri; Pröger, Srbeny, Antwi; and Adjei.

Hoffenheim: Baumann; Kaderabek, Posch, Hübner, Zuber; Rudy, Grillitsch; Skov, Baumgartner, Bruun Larsen; and Dabbur.

Stadium: Benteler Arena.

Hour: 15.30.