Michael Frontzeck’s Gladbach side are sinking faster than they can swim. They’ve lost their last four Bundesliga matches in a row, and they’ve only managed to pick up ten points after sixteen matches. That’s got relegation written all over it for me. It’s crazy that they’re playing so poorly with the kind of squad they have, but I guess that’s the Bundesliga for you.
Marco Reus and Michael Bradley are unlikely to stick around at Gladbach if they do go down, and you’ve really got to wonder who would stay if Gladbach dropped down to the second division. Raul Bobadilla, Karim Matmour and Thorben Marx are also all unlikely to stay because it’s probable that a top division side somewhere around Europe, or even South America in Bobadilla’s case, would come in for them.
That poses a big problem for Frontzeck. If he pulls off a great escape, he’ll be stuck with the task of fortifying what has been a largely faulty machine. Gladbach could definitely use some help in defense, so that would be the place to start if funds were provided in the summer. Could you imagine if Gladbach had the back-line of, for example, Hannover? They’d be pushing for a European spot because of how fluid they can be in attack if they were able to hold things together in their own end.
Hamburg are by no means in a similar situation, but they have been very mediocre. Armin Veh was a puzzling choice to many HSV supporters when he was hired, and it seems their early suspicions weren’t for nothing. Hamburg have lost four of their last five Bundesliga matches and occupy ninth place in the Bundesliga table, just six points ahead of the relegation zone. Rumors have sprung up about some of their top players looking to move, and if that happens you could see things going from bad to worse for Hamburg.
This game is going to be two teams going all out for the win, and both badly need it. It’s a draw for me!