It is crowded at the top of German Bundesliga standings and several teams are fighting for the Champions League spots, so a tilt between Borussia Monchengladbach and Red Bull Leipzig should provide a plenty of excitement. The game will take place at Borussia-Park on Saturday, February 3rd.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Red Bull Leipzig
Three-Way: 1: Monchengladbach +145; X: +225 Draw; 2: Leipzig +187 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread 0: Monchengladbach -116; Leipzig +104
Total 3 goals: Over +104; Under -128
The Foals have been quite inconsistent lately as they recorded two wins and two defeats in the previous four Bundesliga matches, but the latest loss to Frankfurt was particularly painful as Monchengladbach was a better side and still come away with empty hands. Kevin-Prince Boateng scored late in the opening half to give a 1-0 lead to Frankfurt, but Monchengladbach had a chance to equalize from the penalty spot. However, Thorgan Hazard hit the crossbar and the substitute Luka Jovic bagged the injury time winner to secure a 2-0 win for the hosts. Dieter Hecking’s side is currently in the 7th position with 31 points, one behind Leipzig and two behind Frankfurt who is sitting in the UCL spot.
Borussia Monchengladbach played 23 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 11 victories, four draws, and eight losses, with a goal difference of 33:34, which is 2.91 goals per contest on average. The Foals didn’t suffer a home defeat in the league in the last five matches, scoring nine goals and conceding four in return.
Thorgan Hazard and Raffael are the team’s top scorers with eight goals to their respective names, but Raffael is dealing with an injury and will probably be unable to get fit in time to face Leipzig. Hazard is the most creative individual at Borussia-Park with eight assists at the moment, while Vincenzo Griffo with four, and Lars Stindl with three are also key ball distributors. Dieter Hecking cannot count on Tobias Strobl (cruciate ligament rupture), Laszlo Benes (metatarsal fracture), Julio Villalba (muscle), and Ibrahima Traore (muscle), while Oscar Wendt (laceration), Yann Sommer (hamstring), and Fabian Johnson (back) are all listed as doubtful for this clash.
RED BULL LEIPZIG
The Red Bulls are in a poor form as they won just one out of the previous seven Bundesliga matches, but they are still one of the contenders for the Champions League, and this matchup is quite important for them. Leipzig even failed to beat a relegation-threatened Hamburger in the latest round, playing 1-1 at home despite domination throughout the entire game, but once again, their defense proved to be rather leaky. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side is in the 5th position with 32 points, only two behind Bayer Leverkusen who is currently in the 2nd place, so there is a reason for optimism prior to this tilt on Saturday.
Red Bull Leipzig played 28 games in this campaign, recording 12 victories, six draws, and ten losses, with a goal difference of 48:42, which is 3.21 goals per contest on average. The Red Bulls are without an away Bundesliga win in the previous five road matches in which they allowed 11 goals and scored only four in return.
Timo Werner is the team’s leading scorer with 14 goals in 26 appearances and he will undoubtedly represent the biggest threat to Monchengladbach’s defense on Saturday. Naby Keita with six, and Yussuf Poulsen, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Marcel Sabitzer, and Emil Forsberg with four goals are among the key contributors to the attack. Sabitzer is the best assist-maker with nine dishes to his name, while Poulsen recorded six assists so far. Ralph Hasenhüttl will be without Marcel Halstenberg (cruciate ligament rupture), Emil Forsberg (muscle), and Fabio Coltorti (muscle), who are all injured and are sidelined for this encounter.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Red Bull Leipzig – Betting Trends and Match Prediction
- Monchengladbach scored in nine out of ten home matches in Bundesliga this season
- Monchengladbach conceded in six out of the previous seven games at Borussia-Park
- Leipzig scored at least a goal in the last six Bundesliga games
- Leipzig failed to keep the clean sheet in each of the previous six matches
These rivals met on three occasions in Bundesliga since Leipzig entered the top tier in 2016, and Monchengladbach is still without a victory in H2H duels, while Leipzig won once with a pair of draws. Both teams scored in all three meeting, and the latest one they played back in September finished 2-2. The odds for BTTS are not very attractive, so I would go with over three goals on this one.
MY PICK: Over 3 goals (+104)