Fürth - A player on top of his game, Juan Arango joins his Borussia Mönchengladbach team-mates on the road at lowly Greuther Fürth on Sunday, looking to extend a four-match unbeaten run in all competitions (kick-off 17:30 CET).
Alive and kicking
It’s taken them a while to get going, but one man who’s delivered week after week is 32-year-old Arango. The Venezuelan international has already scored three, laid on a further five and created a whopping 51 chances in the Foals' ten Bundesliga outings to date.
A Weser whipping in Bremen on Matchday 8 looks to have been the wake-up call Lucien Favre’s men needed, with Gladbach collecting an improved tally of four from six points on offer in recent weeks. Add to that impressive performances in the UEFA Europa League, and the signs are that the Foals are ready to kick on up the table.
"[Thursday's 2-2 draw in] Marseille felt like a win and has given us the self-belief. It was another step forward," said defender Tony Jantschke after seeing his side battle it out with theLigue 1 joint-leaders on Thursday night. "We hope that we can go to Fürth and win."
With confidence levels beginning to simmer, Favre will be hoping to squeeze every sinew out of his players for the trip to Bavaria, with nine members of the squad, including Arango, called on to represent their countries next week and Sunday evening's hosts, Fürth, eager to push on following last weekend's draw with Werder Bremen.
"After our first point and goal at home, we want to make the logical step and take all three points [against Gladbach]," explained Clover Leaves head coach Mike Büskens. "We want to win and to do so we have to attack".
SpVgg Greuther Fürth Nehrig, Kleine, Mavraj, Schmidtgal - Fürstner - Sararer, Prib, Stieber - Asamoah, Edu
Borussia Mönchengladbach: ter Stegen - Jantschke, Stranzl, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt - Nordtveit, Marx - Rupp, Arango - Herrmann, de Camargo