Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to get their train back onto the rails after a poor run of form just before the break with three straight losses and two of those being 4-0 losses against Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen. They have only managed to win three of their last 14 Bundesliga games and with nine of those games ending in defeat. That terrible run has left them in 12th on 28 points and a mere 10 points clear of the drop zone.
This is in stark contrast to their performance last season. They reached the semis of the Europa League and finishing seventh in the Bundesliga and this understandably put them on a high pedestal and brought an air of expectations from their fans. But they shot themselves in the foot in the summer when they let go of key players and their replacements just haven’t been good enough. Wolfburg marksman Bas Dost was brought in to strengthen the attack but the Dutchman has scored just five times and just one of those has come in 2020. Goals have clearly been an issue with Eintracht registering just one goal in those three consecutive Bundesliga defeats before the enforced break, and that was an own goal from Union Berlin’s Florian Hubner.
Adolf Hutter’s side, however, have put up better performances at home than on the road although with the game being played without spectators, it will be interesting to see how that will factor in. Having said that, they are facing an opponent that has proven to be a hard nut to crack in recent times. Frankfurt have only won two of their last 10 league meetings with Mönchengladbach who incidentally won 4-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
The break was quite timely for Frankfurt. It not only allowed them to take a timeout from their terrible slide but also helped them deal with injuries and they should have an almost fully fit squad for this clash. The only significant injury concern is that of Marco Russ who is likely to have to wait a little longer before he can make his return from a torn Achilles tendon.
Fourth-placed Mönchengladbach are having a fantastic season so far. They are just six points behind league leaders Bayern and have their Champions League qualification fate in their own hands with a fairly easier remaining schedule on paper. With nine matches remaining they remain outsiders to the title but will certainly make a run for it. They have only lost once in their last seven games and close game with rivals Borussia Dortmund. This is a crucial period for Gladbach as they cannot afford to drop many more points if they are to have a realistic shot at the title.
Die Fohlen (the Foals) boasts of one of the better defensive records in the league having conceded just 30 goals in 25 games only topped by Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig who have conceded 26 goals apiece. They struggled to get results on the road towards the end of last year but they turned things around from the start of 2020. Mönchengladbach away form has been impressive since with just one loss from their last five Bundesliga away games, picking up maximum points from their last two with wins at Fortuna Dusseldorf and Augsburg.
Marco Rose’s style has resulted in sharing the goals around the squad. Centre-forward Alassane Pléa is their leading scorer this season with eight league goals. Club captain Lars Stindl, however, was the most outstanding player in the games leading up to the break with five goals in the last five matches. The coach will be hoping the break does not affect his team’s rhythm as they continue consolidating their title ambitions. He too does not have any injury concerns with Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria the only confirmed absentee following surgery on his knee. Rose will be without regular midfield option Florian Neuhaus through suspension, but the experienced Tobias Strobl stepped in against Koln, in a 2-1 win, and is expected to get the nod to start in midfield.
Borussia Monchengladbach have genuine aspirations of upsetting the status quo in the Bundesliga title race. They are only six points behind leaders Bayern and they have, at least on paper, a relatively easier schedule remaining in what is turning out to be one of the closest finishes in years. Frankfurt was reeling with three straight losses before the break. With no fans in the stadium, it hard to know for sure whether their relatively steady home form will hold. Mönchengladbach is clearly the better team given their balanced attacking threat and they clearly have a greater need and sense of urgency to get every point they can. We fancy them to come out on top and we are going for an away win @ 2.37 for our first betting tip for this game.
Four of the last five games for both teams have produced Over 2.5 goals. Cloudbet betting app are offering that option @ 1.73 and we see great value in it and are going with it as our last tip for this match. The reverse fixture earlier in the season was a six-goal thriller in which Mönchengladbach prevailed 4-2 at Borussia-Park.
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