Monchengladbach vs RB Leipzig (By: Stanioooo)
5 rounds before the end of the German Bundesliga Gladbach have a very hard task to host Leipzig, a team in very hot form.
Gladbach were thinking not only for top 4 and CL participation before the winter break, but for something much bigger. They were in the title race having such a strong home record- only wins, Bayern was also not in form, but since January their form dropped a lot and that put them even out of top 4. They registered a lot of heavy losses, strongely or not three of them were at home- 0:3 against Wolfsburg, 0:3 against Hertha and 1:5 against Bayern. After that they got two home draws against Freiburg(1:1) and Werder(1:1). So, 5 home games in a row without a success, close to the 4th in the table Frankfurt, but I really don't think with such poor form they deserve a place there. It's much more logical to fight with Hoffenheim, Werder, Leverkusen and even Wolfsburg for the two places which lead to EL.
On the other side is Leipzig. This team is in astonishing form, especially when they play as visitors. Since the winter break they have 6 away matches in the league and 6 wins against Dusseldorf, Hannover, Stuttgart, Nurnberg, Schalke and Leverkusen. They hit the form in the right time and their place in top 4 looks absoltely guaranteed, but still a few points are needed to be even theoretically secured. The bad thing is that Bayern and Borussia are too far away from them- 8 and 9 points, so for five rounds it looks impossible to catch any of them. Only Bayern look like a team in better current form than Leipzig, so I just can not miss playing this game with a lot of valuable odds, no matter what pick you will choose to make here- you can go for goals, btts, away win and so on..
Gladbach have some problems to deal with- Stindl(forward) and Lang(right-back) are out for this match, so Raffael and Plea are expected to lead the attack. Andreas Poulsen(left-back) and Mamadou Doucoure(centre-back) are doubtful. On the other side Leipzig can use their best players having only Adams(midfielder) out for this game, while Augustin, Mvogo and Upomecano are doubtful. From all of them only the defender Upomecano has more important role during Leipzig's season.
Gladbach will be looking to take something from this game, but Leipzig proved they are not a team which gifts points, no matter which is their opponent. In their last visit they turned Leverkusen from 2:1 to 2:4, so the visitors will also go in this game with the only thought of earning max points. In the previous two seasons since Leipzig are in the German elite, they got two wins away from home against Gladbach with 0:1 and 1:2, when Monchengladbach were without a doubt in much better form. Now they look poor, mostly in defense and I expect Leipzig to use that with their fast and talanted youngsters in the team. 1:2 or 1:3 is what I expect here and a win for the visitors in a tight match.
Monchengladbach vs RB Leipzig predictions
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Monchengladbach vs RB Leipzig betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Stanioooo).