Two of the Bundesliga’s most in-form teams will clash on Saturday at Borussia Park when Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen meet. Borussia Monchengladbach are third in the Bundesliga after defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on matchday 26. The Foals jumped above RB Leipzig in the table and are still just six points back of league leaders Bayern Munich. Marco Rose’s team must still play Bayern Munich down the final stretch of the season. If they can keep pace, they will have a fighting chance to win the league title.
Bayer Leverkusen are coming off of a brilliant 4-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen away. Coach Peter Bosz watched his side cut through Werder Bremen with star performer Kai Havertz scoring twice in the first half.
The Foals went away to the BayerArena earlier this season and picked up a 2-1 win. The two sides combined for all three goals in the first half of the fixture before no goals were tallied in the second 45 minutes. Just two points separate Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga table. Both clubs have won back to back games and will fancy their chances of picking up a huge win.
Can Borussia Monchengladbach continue their title contending play or will Bayer Leverkusen resume their fine form?
The Foals won 2-1 against Bayer Leverkusen the last time the two sides met thanks to goals from Oscar Wendt and Marcus Thuram. The goals came on either side of a Bayer Leverkusen goal scored by leading scorer Kevin Volland. The game also saw a red card handed out to Leon Bailey.
The last three games played between Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen all ended in the away team to winning. In fact, six of the last eight matches between the two clubs ended with the away club picking up a victory.
Borussia Monchengladbach have collected 29 points from 39 possible points. It is the second-best home points total in the Bundesliga. The Foals have bagged 30 goals while conceding just 16 at Borussia Park. Bayer Leverkusen have the second-best away points total in the Bundesliga. They have tallied 25 points from 39 possible on their travels.
Bosz’s team have scored 24 goals while conceding 18 on their travels. The Company XI are coming off of an away win versus Werder Bremen in which they scored four times with Havertz starring. Borussia Monchengladbach will have to be at their best defensively to tally a win and keep pace with Bayern Munich.
Borussia Monchengladbach go into the match at odds of 11/8 to win. Bayer Leverkusen gcan be found at odds of 9/5 to leave Gladbach with a win.
Rose is likely to be without influential midfielder Denis Zakaria. The midfielder is rumoured to be one of the top transfer targets for clubs around Europe. Zakaria has a knee issue that should keep him out of action until June. Full-back Fabian Johnson is likely to be out as well due to a muscle injury.
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhas has played well in place of Zakaria. Neuhas has played in 23 games in the Bundesliga scoring three goals and adding two assists. He played the full 90 minutes versus Eintracht Frankfurt and is likely to fill one of the two central midfield roles versus Bayer Leverkusen.
Bosz has two injury issues heading into the weekend with Volland likely to miss the game. He was absent from Bayer Leverkusen’s win over Werder Bremen on Monday night. Havertz filled in as the central striker for the Company XI and scored twice. Havertz showed he can play on the wing, as a No. 10, or as a No. 9. Defender Lars Bender could also miss the fixture due to an injury. He is coming back from a foot issue. Bender missed out on Monday’s win while his brother Sven Bender had his place in central defence.
Only five of the last 10 matches between Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen saw both teams score goals. These sides are playing great football and coming off of games in which both teams scored goals. Saturday’s clash is a massive bout in the title fight. The Foals must win to keep pace with Bayern Munich. Bayer Leverkusen must win to stay in the top four picture. Their game from earlier this campaign finished 2-1. Expect a similar scoreline.
Borussia Monchengladbach to win either half - 7/10 - BET NOW
Borussia Monchengladbach have won back to back games versus Bayer Leverkusen. In both fixtures, the Foals won either half. Gladbach have won two straight Bundesliga games and are full of confidence going into the fixture. Bayer Leverkusen have also won back to back fixtures in the Bundesliga and are just as red hot. The away side has won the last three times these teams have met, but Borussia Monchengladbach could throw a spanner in the works.
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Havertz proved once again on Monday night just way top clubs around Europe are lining up to sign him this summer. The attacking midfielder was deployed as a striker (similar to Liverpool’s use of Roberto Firmino). Havertz bagged two goals versus Werder Bremen to run his total to eight this season along with five assists in the league. Havertz has scored three goals in his last two games.
Borussia Monchengladbach have won back to back games versus Bayer Leverkusen. The Foals are in great form, but so are Bayer Leverkusen. A draw at Borussia Park wouldn’t be the worst result for either team. However, it could greatly put a dent in Borussia Monchengladbach’s title fight versus Bayern Munich.
On paper, the Foals have a fixture list with winnable games upcoming and will face Bayern Munich on June 13. Bayer Leverkusen also have a winnable set of fixtures and must play Bayern. Saturday’s game could end as a draw between to the two sides in a thrilling game in Germany.
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