Dream11 Fantasy Soccer: SC Freiburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach Preview

Dream11 Fantasy Soccer: SC Freiburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach Preview

This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy Soccer series.

Game Preview

Monchengladbach travel to Freiburg for the start of another Bundesliga slate, with the clubs enter the game carrying opposite runs of form. The hosts have gone winless in their first four contests following the restart of the campaign (D2, L2) but those woes have been a trend all year long – Freiburg have won just three league contests since the start of the calendar year (W3, D3, L6). Gladbach, on the other hand, have dropped just one of the five fixtures they have played behind closed doors (W3, D1, L1) and remain alive in the race for a 2020-21 UEFA Champions League berth. A win here would push Monchengladbach to third in the standings – at least for a few hours – so they should be motivated to get a good result here.

Recent Form

Freiburg: W1, D2, L2

Monchengladbach: W3, D1, L1

Team News

Freiburg

OUT: Manuel Gulde (strain)

Doubtful: Janik Haberer (foot)

Monchengladbach

OUT: Breel Embolo (calf), Fabian Johnson (strain), Tobias Strobl (hamstring), Denis Zakaria (knee)

Doubtful: None

Expected Lineups

Freiburg: Alexander Schwolow; Dominique Heintz, Lukas Kubler, Philipp Lienhart, Christian Gunter, Robin Koch; Vincenzo Grifo, Nicolas Hofler, Roland Sallai; Lucas Holer, Nils Petersen

Monchengladbach: Yann Sommer; Ramy Bensebaini, Nico Elvedi, Matthias Ginter, Stefan Lainer; Jonas Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus, Lars Stindl; Marcus Thuram, Alassane Plea, Patrick Herrmann

Top Picks

Marcus Thuram, Monchengladbach: Thuram has been playing

Game Preview

Monchengladbach travel to Freiburg for the start of another Bundesliga slate, with the clubs enter the game carrying opposite runs of form. The hosts have gone winless in their first four contests following the restart of the campaign (D2, L2) but those woes have been a trend all year long – Freiburg have won just three league contests since the start of the calendar year (W3, D3, L6). Gladbach, on the other hand, have dropped just one of the five fixtures they have played behind closed doors (W3, D1, L1) and remain alive in the race for a 2020-21 UEFA Champions League berth. A win here would push Monchengladbach to third in the standings – at least for a few hours – so they should be motivated to get a good result here.

Recent Form

Freiburg: W1, D2, L2

Monchengladbach: W3, D1, L1

Team News

Freiburg

OUT: Manuel Gulde (strain)

Doubtful: Janik Haberer (foot)

Monchengladbach

OUT: Breel Embolo (calf), Fabian Johnson (strain), Tobias Strobl (hamstring), Denis Zakaria (knee)

Doubtful: None

Expected Lineups

Freiburg: Alexander Schwolow; Dominique Heintz, Lukas Kubler, Philipp Lienhart, Christian Gunter, Robin Koch; Vincenzo Grifo, Nicolas Hofler, Roland Sallai; Lucas Holer, Nils Petersen

Monchengladbach: Yann Sommer; Ramy Bensebaini, Nico Elvedi, Matthias Ginter, Stefan Lainer; Jonas Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus, Lars Stindl; Marcus Thuram, Alassane Plea, Patrick Herrmann

Top Picks

Marcus Thuram, Monchengladbach: Thuram has been playing at a high level, with four goals in his last four games. His scoring tends to be a good omen for Borussia – they have won seven of the eight league games in which the 22-year-old has found the back of the net.

Alassane Plea, Monchengladbach: Unsurprisingly, the other star forward for BMG represents the second-best option for points in this matchup. Freiburg's defensive woes are a big reason why it's easy to back both Thuram and Plea. The latter has 10 goals and 10 assists in 26 appearances, showing he is a good to either score or set up his teammates as long as Monchengladbach take control of the contest.

Lineup Strategies

Goals galore: Four of the last five Monchengladbach matches have featured both teams scoring and over 2.5 total goals. As if that wasn't enough, four of their last five away matches have ended with at least four total goals. Regardless of which team comes out on top, this matchup is as good as any to try and spend a big chunk of your budget on attacking-minded players.

Trust BMG despite them playing on the road: The fact that both Plea and Thuram have been listed as the go-to guy players is not a coincidence. The visitors are likely to dominate and should be in control through most of the game, translating into several scoring chances. At the other end, Nils Petersen (nine goals) can be a decent alternative for Freiburg, but there is not a lot to choose from outside of him.

Captain and Vice-Captain Options

  1. Alassane Plea
  2. Marcus Thuram
  3. Nils Petersen
  4. Ramy Bensebaini

Dream11 Team

GK: Yann Sommer

DF: Ramy Bensebaini

DF: Matthias Ginter

DF: Philipp Lienhart

MF: Vincenzo Grifo

MF: Patrick Herrmann

MF: Florian Neuhaus

MF: Nicolas Hofler

FW: Alassane Plea (C)

FW: Marcus Thuram (VC)

FW: Nils Petersen

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are of the author and is not a reflection of the actual points you might earn.

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