1. FC Köln: Achim Beierlorzer’s men are up and running in the Bundesliga, and how. After battling performance against both VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, Matchday 3 brought a first Bundesliga win for Beierlorzer as a manager. After going behind against Freiburg, Anthony Modeste and Ellyes Skhiri secured a dramatic comeback to give FC a huge boost heading into the international break and the derby day fixture.
Borussia Mönchengladbach: After a close-fought DFB-Pokal win over SV Sandhausen to start the season, Marco Rose’s side followed that up with a stalemate at home to FC Schalke 04. Their first league win of the campaign came with a promising 1:3 comeback win against 1. FSV Mainz 05, which saw Breel Embolo score his first goal for the club. Despite the Swiss forward scoring once more against Leipzig, they fell to a 3:1 defeat and will be keen to get back on track this weekend.
Achim Beierlorzer: I know that our fans will do absolutely to push us forward. Gladbach are a challenge, but we want to enjoy this game and do everything to come away with the points. The team knows that it's important for the fans and the city to invest absolutely everything in the derby.
Marco Rose: Köln have a lot of quick players and are very aggressive. We’re expecting that it will be a very intense game. There will be an extraordinary atmosphere on Saturday - we have to cope with it. For our fans, the game means a lot. Accordingly, we want to perform in Cologne.
1. FC Köln: Aside from the injuries to Ismail Jakobs and Christian Clemens, all of the international players, Jhon Cordoba and Birger Verstraete returned to training during the week. Achim Beierlorzer confirmed this in his press conference on Thursday.
Borussia Mönchengladbach: Marco Rose has said that Matthias Ginter will be assessed in the final training session before the derby after he was substituted with rib problems during Germany’s win over Northern Ireland. Jonas Hofmann, Torben Müsel and Lars Stindl will all miss out with their respective injury problems.
He's ready. @Jhoncordoba4#effzehpic.twitter.com/vnX5llfv1t— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) September 12, 2019
He's ready. @Jhoncordoba4#effzehpic.twitter.com/vnX5llfv1t
Alassane Plea is the main man when it comes to Gladbach’s front line. The Frenchman was the star last season, grabbing 12 goals and four assists in 34 games. Having already registered a goal and an assist in the first three games of this campaign, the 26-year-old has started as he means to go on. He now has fellow Frenchman, Marcus Thuram for company as a centre-forward and Breel Embolo in behind in an exciting attacking line.
It's #ThrowbackThursday time! Novagol, @Podolski10 and Icke Häßler - three players who certainly made an impact when it came to Derby Day Which is your favourite, #effzeh fans? Throwback Thursday is presented by @rheinenergie. pic.twitter.com/SNxf09prGc— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) September 12, 2019
It's #ThrowbackThursday time! Novagol, @Podolski10 and Icke Häßler - three players who certainly made an impact when it came to Derby Day Which is your favourite, #effzeh fans? Throwback Thursday is presented by @rheinenergie. pic.twitter.com/SNxf09prGc
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