Borussia Dortmund will make the 73km journey to Vonovia Ruhrstadion this Tuesday to face a struggling Bochum side in the 14th round of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season.
Venue: Vonovia Ruhrstadion (Bochum)
Bochum have lost ten of their past 13 matches this season (W2, D1).
They have conceded the most goals in the league this season (35).
They have conceded 2+ goals in nine of their league matches this season.
The hosts failed to score in five of their last ten home matches.
Borussia Monchengladbach have scored 2+ goals in five of their last ten away league matches.
The visitors have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight league games away from home.
They have not won in eight away games (D6, L2).
They have scored first in five of their last eight away games.
Head to head
Bochum have six wins in the last 13 games between both sides. Monchengladbach have three wins.
Latest performances in all competitions
Struggling Bochum come into this tie sitting in 17th place after losing the highest number of games in the league (10) and winning just twice (D1) while conceding 35 times.
The hosts still have a fighting chance of survival, but successive losses in the previous two Bundesliga rounds mean that only a win in this game gives them a chance of starting 2023 outside the bottom three.
Having won all their points this season at home (seven points) at home, this looks like a golden opportunity to push themselves towards safety after recently overcoming back-to-back tests at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion against two European participants in Frankfurt (3-0 win) and Union Berlin (2-1 win).
This is also a chance to rack up three successive Bundesliga home wins for the first time since last November, and they will be motivated to do so and also break a three-game losing run to Gladbach.
Also, Thomas Letsch’s men have given little away when taking the wheel as hosts, taking 17 points from a possible 21 from home league games where they have scored first in 2022.
Possible Bochum starting line-up
Manuel Riemann; Cristian Gamboa, Ivan Ordets, V. Lampropoulos, Danilo Soares; Anthony Losilla, K. Stafylidis; Jordi Osei-Tutu, Kevin Stöger, Simon Zoller; Philipp Hofmann.
Injured: Marko Johansson, Dominique Heintz, Erhan Masovic, Jacek Goralski, Takuma Asano, Paul Grave
Visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach ended a run of four games without a win when they beat Stuttgart 3-1 at home last time out.
In an entertaining game at Borussia Park, Jonas Hofmann opened the scoring in the fourth minute for Gladbach, before Marcus Thuram and Patrick Herrmann sealed the win despite a goal from Tomas Tiago in the first half.
The result pushed them to the eighth position in a congested mid-table region. The win boosted their chances of beginning the New Year inside the top-six, as they have done in each of their previous four seasons to end with a top-four Bundesliga finish this century.
Daniel Farke’s men are one of the four Bundesliga teams yet to enjoy a league victory on the road. However, they can themselves have an obvious reason to go for the maximum in this league, having won each of their last three games against Bochum.
Yet, a leaky defence which has seen the Foals record just one away league shutout in eight attempts going back to late April (D6, L2), despite Gladbach scoring first on five occasions might cost them an excellent result here.
Possible Monchengladbach starting line-up
Tobias Sippel; Joseph Scally, Marvin Friedrich, Mamadou Doucoure, Ramy Bensebaini; Julian Weigl, Manu Koné; Jonas Hofmann, Christoph Kramer, Alassane Plea; Marcus Thuram.
Injured: Stefan Lainer, Tony Jantschke, Yann Sommer, Hannes Wolf, Ko Itakura, Florain Neuhaus
Doubtful: Nico Elvedi
Bochum 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach