DFB-Pokal Semi Final 1: Borussia Monchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt Match Preview
So we are back to cup action and it is the DFB Pokal semifinal where Monchengladbach will invite Frankfurt to Borussia Park to decide this season’s first german cup finalist.
A victory in this match will result in securing a place in the DFB Pokal final and also the winning team will get a chance to save their season as the cup winner will play in the Europa League next season.But things will not be easy for both teams as the winner have to face either Dortmund or Bayern in the final.
DFB Pokal Semifinal 2016/17
Venue: Borussia Park, Monchengladbach
Date: 25th April, 2017
Time: 19:45 (GMT) 20:45 (CET) 00:15 (IST) ( 26th April)
T.V. Telecast: Ten 2, beIN Sports, Sky Sports, SuperSport 7
Dieter hecking was totally upset when his team conceded the 3rd goal against Dortmund in the dying minutes of the game and practically handed them the victory. The atmosphere in the stadium and also in the Monchengladbach’s change room was visibly disrupted.
Gladbach’s defese has allowed 10 goals in last 3 league encounters and are currently on a 2-match losing streak as they lost against Dortmund and earlier against Hoffenheim.
Monchengladbach have some injury issues such as likes of Fabian Johnson and Thorgan Hazard alongwith centre forward Raffael and also right back Tony Jantschke. Christoph kramer is also ruled out till May.
The guests have broken their winless streak at the Commerzbank Arena against Augsburg FC, as Niko Kovac’s side finally won a match after 2 and a half months. Marco Fabian is currently considered the man to watch out for will have the responsibilities to carry Frankfurt to the final.
Eintracht Frankfurt are on a 5 game losing streak away from home. Their last victory came against hannover in the DFB Pokal 1/8 finals.
Frankfurt also have some absentees, defensive midfielders Makoto Hasebe and Slobodan Medojevic are doubtful alongside centre back Jesus Vallejo and captain Alexander Meier.
Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer-Elvedi, Christensen, Vestegaard,Wendt-Dahoud, Strobl-Herrmann, Hofman-Hahn, Stindl
Absentees: Doucoure (thigh), Kramer (knee), Johnson (thigh), Jantschke (muscle), Schulz (light training), Hazard (knee), Raffael (knee)
Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky – Chandler, Abraham, Andersson Ordonez – Wolf, Mascarell, Gaćinović, Oczipka – Rebić, Fabian – Seferović
Absentees: Meier (heel), Hasebe (knee), Medojevic (light training), Regäsel (hip), Vallejo (thigh)
The two sides already met twice this season. However, not a single goal was scored in the two matches as both ended as 0-0 draw.