One of the most interesting matches of the German Bundesliga Round 24 is certainly a clash between Hannover 96 and Borussia Monchengladbach set for this Saturday, February 24th, 2018, at the HDI-Arena in Hannover. The bookmakers set the hosts as slight +160 favorites, while both teams desperately need a win if they want to keep their chances for Europen football next season, so this one should be a nice opportunity to lay some bets on goals, as the price on Over/Under 2.5 goals is set at -125/+105.
Team News, Updates and Facts
HANNOVER 96 has earned six points in the previous five rounds of the German Bundesliga, recording a 2-1 victory over Freiburg at home, three draws against FC Koln (1-1), Hamburger SV (1-1), and Schalke 04 (1-1), all three on the road, and a 1-0 defeat against Wolfsburg at HDI-Arena. They are currently in the seventh spot of the Bundesliga table with 32 points and a 32:33 goal difference, five points behind Schalke in the sixth, and six points behind Bayer Leverkusen in the fourth spot. The loss against Wolfsburg was their only one in the last five games at home, while the Reds have scored 11 goals in the process, allowing eight in a return. The team’s top scorer Niclas Fullkrug (12 goals in 25 apps) scored the only goal against FC Koln last weekend to put an end to his three-game drought, and the Reds will need more from him this Saturday, as Fullkrug’s colleague Martin Harnik looks completely indisposed, netting just once in his last 14 appearances. The manager Andre Breitenreiter can count on all important first-team players, so he’ll pick up his best eleven for this clash.
BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH is traveling to Hannover after four losses in a row without scoring a single goal, against Dortmund (1-0), Stuttgart (1-0), RB Leipzig (1-0), and Eintracht Frankfurt (2-0), so the Foals’ form is the worst in the Bundesliga at the moment. Last weekend against Dortmund, they looked solid on the pitch, creating a couple of excellent scoring opportunities against the strong Dortmund team, but their finishing job was awful once more. The Foals managed to find the net in the first half, but the referee and a new VAR system decided adjudged it was offside, which was a quite controversial decision. Borussia Monchengladbach is currently in the 10th spot of the Bundesliga table with 31 points and a 30:35 goal difference, just one point behind their next rival, so with the new three points they’ll keep the pace with teams who are in the Europa qualification zone. The manager Dieter Hecking is having some serious problems to pick up the starting eleven, as Fabian Johnson (back), Oscar Wendt (laceration), Raffael (calf), and Nico Elvedi (foot) are all doubtful for the Saturday’s clash.
Betting Odds on the Total at BetDSI Sportsbook
Over 2.5 Goals @ -125
Under 2.5 Goals @ +105
Why Bet on the Under?
Borussia Monchengladbach’s poor scoring form could be a reason to consider betting on the under, while their last five Bundesliga matches had less than three goals in the total. If you like backing the streak, this one looks nice, especially at a +105 market, and if the Foals continue with a terrible performance in the final third, this clash should be ended in the under. Likewise, Monchengladbach lost three straight games with an identical 1-0 result, so their defense seemed far better than their offense.
Why Bet on the Over?
The hosts’ inefficiency could be also a good reason to lay your money on the over, particularly if you like to bet against the streak. The Foals have recorded a 15:22 goal difference in 11 matches on the road thus far, which is 3.4 goals per contest on average, while seven out of these 11 tilts were finished in the over. On the other side, Hannover has a 20:13 goal difference in 11 games at home, which is exactly three goals per contest on average, but only five of these 11 encounters were ended in the over.
Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Monchengladbach Over/Under Betting Pick
In the previous five Bundesliga rounds just one out of ten Hannover’s and ‘Gladbach’s matches was ended in the over, so I think it is time to see some goals, while I believe both sides will find the net at least once, and the market on both teams to score in this one is at -160. Therefore, I’m backing the goals, just like the bookies, while you can check the other lines at BetDSI Sportsbook.
MY PICK: Over 2.5 Goals (-125)