Mönchengladbach - Borussia Mönchengladbach close out the Matchday 10 programme on Sunday afternoon, aiming to maintain their 100 per cent home record against an Eintracht Frankfurt side who, by contrast, have earned the bulk of their points on the road so far this season (kick-off 17:30 CET).
Consistency the key for Frankfurt
The visitors take to the pitch at the Borussia Park boosted by Thursday's UEFA Europa League victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv, a result that maintained their excellent European form so far this season.
Frankfurt coach Armin Veh is keen to emulate that kind of consistency on the domestic front. "Obviously, we go into every game aiming to win it," said Veh ahead of Sunday's trip to Gladbach. "Unfortunately we haven't managed that all too often so far in the Bundesliga, but our performances are confirming that we're on the right track."
"Defending a lead just doesn't suit us," explained Marco Russ, who picked up a knock against Maccabi, but fully expects to be fit again for the trip to Borussia Park. "After we score, we need to keep pressing forward, as we've been doing in the Europa League." Midfielder Johannes Flum meanwhile, back in the squad after suspension, warned that "our success in the Europa League has absolutely no bearing on the Bundesliga."
Favre with defensive woes
The Eagles will have to be at their best against a Gladbach side who have been in tremendous attacking form on home turf so far this season - in stark contrast to a record of just one point from their five away outings. The Foals go into Sunday's game stretched decidedly thin at the back, however. First-choice centre-back pairing Martin Stranzl and Alvaro Dominguez are out due to suspension and injury respectively. To make matters worse, back-up duo Harvard Nordtveit and Filip Daems are also unavailable.
All of which could well mean a starting debut for 21-year-old Julian Korb, albeit at right-back rather than in his more accustomed midfield berth, with Oscar Wendt switching to the left and Tony Jantschke teaming up with Roel Brouwers in the centre of the defence. "I have the utmost confidence in him, that's why we were determined to hang onto him this summer," said Favre who, incidentally, has never lost to Frankfurt as a Bundesliga coach.
Mönchengladbach: ter Stegen - Korb, Jantschke, Brouwers, Wendt - Kramer, G. Xhaka - Herrmann, Arango - Raffael, M. Kruse
Frankfurt: Trapp - S. Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Oczipka - Russ - Rode, Barnetta - Meier - Aigner, Kadlec
Gladbach will be hoping to pick up where they left off the last time they played on home soil. Watch highlights of the Foals' 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: