Basement club Greuther Furth will be looking to end their six-game winless run in the Bundesliga when they welcome Borussia Monchengladbach to the Stadion am Laubenweg on Saturday afternoon.
Furth have conceded 70 goals so far this season, the joint-most across Europe’s top-five leagues along with French side Bordeaux, while Monchengladbach have the third-worst defensive record in the Bundesliga, conceding 52 goals so far this term.
Greuther Furth remain the only Bundesliga side yet to win on the road after 14 attempts this season, but they did manage to claim their second away point when they played out a goalless draw against Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend.
Solitary points, however, are not enough for Stefan Leitl’s side if they wish to maintain their top-flight status. The Cloverleaves are still rooted to the foot of the table, 10 points behind Arminia Bielefeld in the relegation playoff position and 11 points adrift of Stuttgart who sit just outside the bottom three.
While their away form has been poor, Furth have shown signs of improvement on home soil since mid-December, losing only one of their last eight league games at the Stadion am Laubenweg.
The Cloverleaves head into Saturday’s game having failed to win any of their 11 meetings against Monchengladbach, their longest winless run against any opponent.
With an immediate demotion back down to the second tier seemingly on the horizon, success this weekend is vital if they are to keep their slim hopes of survival alive.
Borussia Monchengladbach coach Adi Hutter on February 20, 2022© Reuters
Borussia Monchengladbach’s 2021-22 campaign has seen them looking over their shoulders instead of vying for a European place, but seven points accumulated in their last three games has at least helped them edge towards a top-half finish.
Back-to-back 2-0 victories against Hertha Berlin and VfL Bochum were followed by a 1-1 draw at home against Mainz 05 last weekend. Breel Embolo scored his third league goal in five matches, but his first-half strike was cancelled out in the 73rd minute by Mainz forward Karim Onisiwo, forcing both sides to share the spoils.
Adi Hutter’s men currently sit 12th in the Bundesliga table with 34 points after 28 games, their lowest points tally in the last 11 years at this stage of the season. The Foals are eight points clear of the relegation zone and 10 points behind the European positions with six games remaining.
Monchengladbach have only won three of their 14 away games in the top flight this season, beating Bochum, Wolfsburg and the most surprising of all Bayern Munich, winning 2-1 against the league leaders in January.
The Foals should be confident of success on Saturday, considering that they cruised to a 4-0 home victory against Furth earlier this season.