Borussia Monchengladbach’s Champions League aspirations will be put to test when they travel to Freiburg on Friday night.
Freiburg’s chance of finishing top 6 has taken a serious hit as a result of their current 4-game winless run. They come into this game off the back of a demoralizing 1-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, which has left them in 8th place on 38 points and four points behind Wolfsburg in sixth who they have been trying to catch in that race for the final Europa League slot.
Freiburg’s form is a huge cause for concern for coach Christian Streich. They are winless since the league resumed and have only won one of their last 8 Bundesliga matches, with 3 draws and 4 losses in that duration. In that home loss to Leverkusen last weekend, they tried to be compact in the middle and tight at the back. But they couldn’t sustain that for long as high-flying German international Kai Havertz, who has been having a terrific season for Leverkusen came up with the goods and scored early in the second half as they hold for three crucial points.
The reverse fixture between the two teams was a 6-goal thriller as Gladbach ran out 4-2 winners in a game they dominated from start to finish. With 5 games left to play, there is so much at stake for both sides this time, and it’s hard to imagine another massive goal-fest. Gladbach are trying to secure their top 4 status while Freiburg still have a chance to make top 6.
Freiburg are however going to yet again do without Yoric Ravet who is still nursing muscular issues. Janik Haberer is also out with an ankle injury. Streich biggest issue now is instilling a sense of belief back into the team because at the moment they are not playing like a team that has serious ambitions to break into the Europe qualification slots that are still Mathematically within their reach. This game will be a key indicator of whether they still have that hunger or not.
Borussia Monchengladbach missed out on the chance to bolster their top 4 status on Tuesday with a toothless 0-0 display at relegation-threatened Werder Bremen, but they got back on track on Sunday with an easy 4-1 Win against Union Berlin. Monchengladbach got to a flying start with 2-0 first-half lead and ultimately came away with a comfortable 4-1 victory. Marcus Thurman scored twice for Monchengladbach and the Frenchman is now tied for the team lead with 10 goals. Borussia Monchengladbach are now unbeaten in three of their four games since the restart.
Die Fohlen have been outstanding for the better part of the season. They have lost just two of their last 10 Bundesliga matches and, before that draw at Werder Bremen on Tuesday, they had only dropped points in this period against fellow top seven teams. With just five games remaining in the Bundesliga, Gladbach are in the fourth position, tied with Leverkusen on 56 points, only ahead on goal difference. Leipzig is third on 58 points and Dortmund second with 60 points on the board. From this point on, every point is absolutely critical. Last weekend they had to chase Leverkusen, who played first and they did it in style. This time, they have the chance to set the bar for their rivals when they kick off the Bundesliga action on Friday night.
Bret Embolo scored a brace in the reverse fixture earlier in the season which Gladbach won 4-2 but he will be unavailable for this one. Other than Embolo, Marco Rose will be without other players like Denis Zakaria, Fabian Johnson, Raffael, and Tobias Strobl who are all on the treatment table nursing one injury or the other. Even so, they still have the better team on form and on paper and these injuries will not necessarily dent their chances.
Borussia Monchengladbach are hanging onto the fourth and final Champions League slot by the skins of their teeth. The sheer value, economically or otherwise, of qualifying for the champions league cannot be understated. They don’t need ant extra motivation. They are coming into the game with a lot of confidence. A win will, even if momentarily, ease some pressure off them in that race for that final Champions League slot. We fancy them to maintain cool heads and win this game as our initial prediction for this game @ 1.79 on Cloudbet betting app.
Unlike in the early season reverse fixture, there is a lot at stake for both teams here. Both are eyeing European qualification for next season. This will most probably inform a more cautious approach to the game as opposed to the all-out attack thriller we witnessed last time. An early goal, however, may change everything of course, and lead to a high scoring affair. Barring that, we feel the game will indeed be relatively lower scoring as compared to previous encounters. Cloudbet have offered Under 3.5 goals for this game at a price of 1.49 and we are going with this as our last betting tip for the game.
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