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VfB Stuttgart v Borussia Monchengladbach: Preview

Stuttgart are looking to build on a win over Freiburg last time out and increase the pressure on the top six in the Bundesliga, their opponents included, when they host Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night.

Six points currently separate Gladbach in fourth from the Swabians, who can move to within a point of sixth-placed Schalke with victory.

That is the aim of captain Christian Gentner, who recognises that the Foals will be a tougher nut to crack than Freiburg were.

``Of course our next opponents have more quality, which is why the win over Freiburg was so important for us,'' he said on www.vfb.de.

``But I believe that we can and we want to measure ourselves up to sides like Borussia Monchengladbach, Hannover or Wolfsburg and Schalke.

``I'm confident that we have the ability to beat such sides, especially at home.

``We know what quality we've got and Friday night games are always special. Most of the league will be watching Stuttgart, wanting to see a good game.''

That can be almost guaranteed by Gladbach coach Lucien Favre, who has no interest in building the barricades and playing for a point.

``We play the same way away from home as we do at home, I'm not changing my system,'' said the Swiss coach, who has revenge on his mind.

``We were very unfortunate to lose 2-1 to them last year, through an own goal, and we want to do better this time.''

Better would mean a win which would take Gladbach to within three points of second placed Dortmund, ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Bayern Munich on Saturday.

To help them in that undertaking, they can count on the services of Roel Brouwers and Havard Nordtveit once again with both players benefiting from the international break to recover from injury.

Stuttgart have another option with Marco Rojas appearing for New Zealand over the past week, and he could therefore be in line for his Bundesliga debut.

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