3rd placed Borussia Monchengladbach host Bayer Leverkusen at BORUSSIA-PARK on Saturday in a contest that could prove a pivotal fixture in the race for Champions League qualification this season.
Both clubs prepared for the weekend’s crucial encounter in an ideal manner, recording impressive away wins to resume their respective Bundesliga campaigns in style.
Gladbach made light work of Eintracht Frankfurt in their tussle, scoring twice inside the opening seven minutes through Spurs target Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram on their way to recording a 3-1 win.
That was the seventh time in eight Bundesliga matches involving Gladbach where the goals flowed. Over 2.5 goals were scored and both teams registered in all but one of those games – in fact, those high-octane encounters averaged a whopping 3.75 goals per 90 minutes.
5th placed Bayer Leverkusen trumped Gladbach by one goal in their resounding 4-1 away victory at relegation threatened Werder Bremen on Monday evening.
Inspired by the mercurial Kai Havertz, Leverkusen were superb at the Weserstadion, picking up where they left off before the break to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches in all competitions.
Like Gladbach’s games, goals have been a major feature of Bayer’s fixtures since the turn of the year and over 2.5 goals bulged the net in 11 of their 13 matches since January 1st. Remarkably, both teams got on the scoresheet in a further 10 of those games – and it’s in that goals combination market that the best value lies for Saturday’s game.
Over 2.5 goals were scored in 77% of Glabach’s Bundesliga home assignments this term, while both teams notched in a notable 85% of the same games. With so much attacking flair on show, we expect Saturday’s clash to follow similar goal-scoring patterns.
With the utmost confidence in their teams’ form and goal-getting abilities, Marco Rose and Peter Bosz will send their sides out to go for the jugular on Saturday, and that should in turn lead to an open, exciting contest in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Gladbach, who have lost just twice at BORUSSIA-PARK this season, have an excellent home record to lean on this weekend, though Leverkusen, beaten just once in all competitions this year, look equally hard to topple, especially with the likely return from injury of key forward Kevin Volland.
There wasn’t much between the sides when they met last November, and though Gladbach edged out their Champions League rivals 2-1 on that occasion, we’re tipping these well-matched outfits to share the spoils this time around in a 2-2 draw.