Borussia Monchengladbach hosts Bayer Leverkusen at the Borussia Park on Saturday, May 23, 2020 as the German Bundesliga resumes action this weekend.
Monchengladbach isn’t only trying to chase Bayern Munich in the title race but in third place, they are trying to hold on to their Champions League slot. Bayer Leverkusen is in 5th place and currently hold the first Europa League spot. However, because they are just two points off Monchengladbach and one point behind fourth-placed RB Leipzig, they are in the thick of the Champions League conversation. If Leverkusen wins this match, then Monchengladbach will be occupying a Europa League position on Monday.
Borussia M’gladbach is playing very good football right now. They are currently in third place in the Bundesliga 1 table with a total of 52 points. They are just six points back of seven-time defending champions Bayern Munich and only two points off second placer Borussia Dortmund.
Of the four top teams in the Bundesliga table, they have scored the least goals with 52. However, they have been solid on defense with only 31 goals allowed in 26 matches played this season. They have lost once in their last 8 assignments and have scored and conceded at least one goal in those matches.
In their last assignment last weekend, Borussia M’gladbach won on the road against Eintracht, 3-1. They got off to a fast start, with Plea and Thurman scoring one goal each in the first seven minutes of the match. They had 47% of ball possession and were 80% accurate with their passes. The team had eight shots on goal and were awarded only one corner kick.
Plea has been the team’s top offensive weapon with a total of 9 goals scored and 7 assists issued. Thuram and Embolo each have scored a total of seven goals while Zakaria is the only player on the team’s injured list.
Odds from BetOnline as of 05/22/2020
Bayer Leverkusen is currently in 5th place in the 2019-20 Bundesliga 1 season with a total of 50 points earned. They have won 15 out of their 26 matches with five draws and six losses. They are eight points behind Bayern Munich but are just two points off Borussia Monchengladbach and only one point behind fourth-place RB Leipzig.
The two-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic didn’t affect Bayer Leverkusen’s momentum. In their first match back last weekend, Bayer Leverkusen recorded a 4-1 victory on the road against Werder Bremen. In that match, Bayer controlled 64% of ball possession and was 88% accurate with its passes. Bayer had six shots on goal and nine corner kicks awarded against Werder Bremen.
Bayer Leverkusen was calm but dominant as they had six shots on goal and nine corner kicks awarded. Young superstar Kai Havertz presided the victory over Werder Bremen with two goals scored in the first half. Mitchell Weiser and Kerem Demirbay added one goal each as Bayer held off Werder Bremen in the second half.
Forward Kevin Volland leads the team with a total of nine goals while Havertz has contributed 8 goals and 5 assists. Alario also has six goals while Holland leads the squad with seven assists this term.
Borussia Monchengladbach is still clinging to the hopes of catching up with Bayern Munich in the team standings. They have now won back to back games and have been victorious in four out of their last six matches with only one defeat during that period. They are tied with Bayern Munich for the second-best home record in the Bundesliga at 9-2-2 this season with 29 points earned.
Bayer Leverkusen has won four straight games and nine out of their last 10 matches overall. They are also tied for the second-best road record in the Bundesliga at 8-1-4 with 25 points earned in matches away from their home stadium. Overall Bayer Leverkusen has been defeated in four out of their last 24 matches.
Gladbach won their reverse fixture matchup last November. Bayer Leverkusen got on the scoreboard first via Kevin Holland but Oscar Wendt and Marcus Thuram scored one goal each to give Borussia Monchengladbach the 2-1 victory.
They have won each of their last three league matches against Bayer Leverkusen and have done so by an aggregate score of 5-1. Overall though, these two clubs have met 29 times since 2006, and Bayer Leverkusen holds the slight edge at 14-5-10.
I think this could be one of the best matches of the season with two of the top teams in the league who are coming off victories last weekend. I expect a close match between these teams but I expect the home team to do just more than enough to win this match.
Prediction: Borussia Monchengladbach (+140)
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I think this is a match that will have plenty of scoring opportunities for both sides. Both teams are playing great soccer right now and both teams head to this game with plenty of confidence after picking up wins last weekend.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s last four games across all competition have been high-scoring with over 2.5 goals scored. They have scored four goals in four out of their last nine matches while also scoring over 2.5 goals in nine out of those nine games. Ten out of Borussia M’gladbach’s home matches have ended with a score of 3+ goals.
Likewise, Bayer Leverkusen has displayed a potent scoring attack as of late as they have scored 2+ goals in five out of their last six matches played, including at least three goals scored in their last three victories.
If you don’t want to pick a winner here, take a stab at the goals.
Prediction: Over 3 goals (+101)