Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen
German Bundesliga, Round 33.
Date: Saturday, 7-May-2016
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Venue: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach.
Vfl Borussia Monchengladbach need a win, when they host a high flying Bayer Leverkusen in the match day 33 of the German Bundesliga season 2015/16.
The Borussians tamed league leaders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena last weekend are now unbeaten in their last two matches. They are fourth in the league standings with 49 points, but Hertha Berlin at fifth and level on points and Schalke are a point behind. This is a must win game for Gladbach and they will be backing on their fine home form to stop an excellent Leverkusen on Saturday evening.
Bayer Leverkusen have already qualified for next season’s Champions League and they are third in the standings with 57 points. They are at a 20 point distance from the second placed Dortmund and 8 points above the fourth placed Gladbach. They are coming on the back of an eight match unbeaten run and winning all of their last seven.
Leverkusen will be without the injured Sebastian Boenisch and Vladlen Yurchenko in the trip to Gladbach. Kyriakos Papadopoulos is a doubt, while young center back Tin Jedvaj is likely to recover in time from a knock he picked up during the 2-1 win against Hertha last week.
Roger Schmidt is expected to field an unchanged eleven from last match and he look forward to maintain their winning run.
Leverkusen: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Leno – Bender, Ramalho, Kramer, Henrichs – Kampl, Aranguiz – Bellarbi, Calhanoglu, Brandt – Hernandez.
Monchengladbach: Team News
Left back Nico Schultz and center defender Alvaro Domínguez are long term injury absentees for Gladback and they are joined by Tony Jantschke, Martin Stranzl and Fabian Johnson in the last week of April.
Head-coach Andre Schubert has a crisis in his defense, but is likely to start with the same eleven players who featured in the 1-1 draw at Munich last weekend.
Monchengladbach: Predicted Line-up (3-4-3)
Sommer – Elvedi, Nordtveit, Christensen – Traore, Dahoud, Xhaka, Wendt – Hahn, Hazard, Raffael.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen: Head-to-Head Stats
Leverkusen have won in 3 and draw 2 of the last 6 meetings against Gladbach, who were victorious in just 1 match.
Borussia Monchengladbach have a poor home record against Leverkusen. Their 3-0 win at Borrusia Park in the same fixture of last season was their first home win in Bundesliga against Leverkusen in 24 matches. Their previous win can be dated back to calendar year 1987.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen: Prediction
Bayer Leverkusen are the red hot team in Bundesliga at the moment and are on a six match winning run. They have also win three in a row away from home and have a strong record away to Gladbach.
Gladbach can’t be underestimated as they are one of the best sides in the league at home. They are on a six match winning streak at home and have conceded just one goal at home in their last 5. At the same time they have scored 12 goals in their last four home games.
Gladbach must win this match to keep hold on to the final Champions League spot and dropping points here will drop them to sixth in the table. The form and momentum is with Leverkusen, but I believe Gladbach will be on top of their potential.
I predict a 2-2 draw on Saturday and I clearly feel you must be betting on goals for this match, as the match could either way.