Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Date: Friday, 21 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Signal-Iduna-Park (Dortmund).
Top two Bundesliga sides are set to come across each other in the first game of the 17th round on Friday evening at Signal-Iduna-Park. Dortmund will try and rebound from a shocking maiden defeat of the campaign against relegation strugglers Fortuna Dusseldorf, while the Foals will come into the clash in much higher spirits following a comfortable 2-0 win over Nurnberg at BORUSSIA PARK.
Lucien Favre left the likes of Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho on the bench as BVB struggled to create in the final third against Fortuna. Flingeraner were dangerous from counter-attacks and they got in front just from one when Kevin Stoger’s deep pass found lone Dodi Lukebakio up front. Fortuna’s top scorer performed a clinical finish to make it 1-0 halfway through the first half. Jean Zimmer doubled Dusseldorf’s lead 11 minutes after the break with a stunning strike form outside the box. Favre then introduced Alcacer and Sancho on the pitch, but it was too late as the Spaniard only managed to pull one back for leaders with his 11th goal of the campaign.
Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Head-to-head
Dortmund were the dominant force in the history of head to head outings against M’Gladbach of late.
BVB won each of last six encounters against the Foals.
Dortmund scored as many as 14 goals in last three home wins over Monchengladbach.
Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Prediction
Gladbach expectedly saw off Nurnberg 2-0 on the home patch on Tuesday evening. Thorgan Hazard fired wide from the spot at the death of the first half, but he broke the deadlock just two minutes into the second with a cool finish after a pass from Ibrahima Traore. Alassane Plea confirmed the win doubling his team’s lead four minutes from time.
Nevertheless, Gladbach’s away form could be an issue for the visitors who only won two of eight games on the road this season. They failed to find the back of the net in last two away fixtures against RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim. On the other hand, they did destroy Bayern Munich 0-3 at Allianz Arena back in early-October.
Dortmund have been almost impeccable at home since the start of the season. They won seven and drew one of eight games at Signal-Iduna-Park. However, they might feel pressure after the mid-week loss to Fortuna which is why we will skip home win bets at the odds of 1.50.
We expect a tight affair which could see the visitors parking the bus. The value is thus massive with the 2.75 odds offered for fewer than three goals to be scored on the occasion.
Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 2.75 (7/4)
Under 3.5 goals FT @ 1.66 (4/6).