Borussia Monchengladbach hosts Wolfsburg at Borussia-Park in one of the opening matches of Round 32 of the German Bundesliga.
Borussia M’Gladbach has declined since the restart of the season as they have won just two out of six matches played. Their poor form has seen them lose their Champions League spot to Bayer Leverkusen which won on Sunday and overtook M’Gladbach by one point. On the other hand, Wolfsburg is 10 points off that final Champions League spot but they currently hold a Europa League playoff position with a three-point edge over their closest pursuers so they also need to win this match badly.
Borussia Monchengladbach heads to this contest sitting on 56 points from a record of 17 wins, 5 draws, and nine losses. They have fallen to fifth place in the Bundesliga team standings, one point behind Bayer Leverkusen which won on Sunday to take the final Champions League spot.
In their last outing, M’Gladbach lost 1-2 to Bayern Munich on the road. Borussia controlled 51% of possession time while making 83% of the correct passes. However, they only had two shots on goal and one corner kick. They held the champions to a 1-1 score at the half and looked like they were going to keep it that way. But sloppy defensive reaction led to a Bayern goal in the 86th minute and the defending champions walked away with the three points.
Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea lead Borussia Monchengladbach with ten goals each this season. Breel Embolo has found the back of the net seven times this term. The plea also leads the team with a total of 10 assists this year while Thurman has 8 assists. Patrick Herrmann has also contributed six assists and five goals for M’Gladbach.
Borussia Monchengladbach has scored a total of 58 goals this season while they have conceded an aggregate of 38 goals this term. Gladbach has logged a total of 47 assists this year and they have a goal difference of +20. All four stats rank 4th overall in the German top flight.
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Wolfsburg heads to this showdown with 46 points from a record of 12 wins, 10 draws, and 9 losses on the year. They are currently in 6th place in the Bundesliga table, just three points ahead of Hoffenheim, and four on top of Freiburg. Because they are holding on to 6th place and Europa League qualification for next year, they need a win to solidify their position.
In their last assignment, Wolfsburg was held to a 2-2 draw against Freiburg. Wolfsburg controlled 46% of possession time and made 74% of the correct passes. They got six shots on goal and also had a total of six corner kicks. There were plenty of opportunities from both sides to break the 2-2 tie but the game ended in a draw.
Wout Weghorst leads the team with a total of 14 goals scored for Wolfsburg. Renato Steffen also has six goals while Maximilian Arnold has netted four times this term. Arnold also leads the team with a total of 8 assist this year while Joseph Brekalo has four assists while also scoring three goals.
Wolfsburg is tied for 8th in scoring with a total of 44 goals scored this season. They rank fourth in Germany with a total of 38 goals conceded. Wolfsburg has also tied for 8th place with a total of 32 assists this term while their +6 goal difference is 6th best in the German top flight.
Wolfsburg has displayed better form since the restart of the season. They have three wins, one draw, and two losses in six games since May 16th while Borussia Monchengladbach has two wins, one draw, and three losses during the same period. M’gladbach also heads to this match with back to back defeats.
M’Gladbach has struggled since the resumption of the season as they have only scored more than one goal twice in six games played. With no clean sheet in their last six home games and only one clean sheet in their last 14 matches overall, the defense has also been an issue for Borussia. The good thing about this team though is that they have won 10 out of their 15 games played at home and they have found the back of the net in each of their last 14 matches played.
Their away form has been good lately as they have won three straight on the road since the resumption of the season and they have six consecutive road wins overall. Wolfsburg only has one clean sheet in their last six games played but they have scored two or more goals in five of those matches. In their 15 away matches this season, they have failed to score in just three and have eight wins during that span.
This is a very important match for both sides with European aspirations on the line. Wolfsburg heads to this contest with better form and they have played better than M’Gladbach since the return of action. One of Wolfsburg’s weaknesses is playing at home but since they have been better away from their fans, they should be confident heading to Tuesday’s encounter.
Eight of Wolfsburg’s 12 wins have come away from home and they have scored well during those games. Borussia Monchengladbach only has one clean sheet in their last 14 matches and only has two clean sheets in their 15 home matches. Wolfsburg has won the last three matches between these two teams so I will have to go with the visitors here to pick up all three points.
Prediction: Wolfsburg (+245)
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I’m picking Wolfsburg but there is no doubt that Borussia Monchengladbach is going to come out with plenty of effort here too. If you are not confident about picking a winner, then you should go for the goals. Both these teams have leaky defenses and Wolfsburg has scored in 12 out of 15 away matches. On the other hand, M’Gladbach has allowed opponents to score in 13 of 15 home matches. I think both teams will score with the potential of going over 3 goals (-106).
Prediction: The safer bet is both teams to score at -200, but Over 3 goals is also a good one at -106.