The odds are stacked against Sunderland in what looks like being the toughest fixture of their German tour, against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.
Steve Bruce’s men have already drawn 1-1 against Arminia Bielefeld and lost 3-1 to Europa League qualifiers Hannover in the run-up to the new Premier League season, and are likely to find the going tough in their trip to Borussia-Park.
Die Fohlen endured a tough Bundesliga campaign in 2010-11, only escaping relegation from the top tier of German football after a play-off. As a result, they will no doubt be desperate for greater success next season and will be looking to gain some confidence with victory over the Black Cats.
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While Borussia Monchengladbach will start as favourites, Sunderland will fancy their chances off securing a positive result, although they will have to do without the services of a host of big names.
John O’Shea and Wes Brown, Bruce’s new signings from Man Utd, are both definitely out along with Keiren Westwood, while Asamoah Gyan is unlikely to play again until next week’s clash against Kilmarnock.
However, they could welcome back Michael Turner and Titus Bramble – both of whom sat out the midweek defeat to Hannover – while Stephane Sessegnon will be hopeful of playing some part after scoring in each of his last two outings.
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