Best Odds: 3/1
There are more than a few intriguing battles and races in any high level domestic season, but one of the most fascinating comes in the form of those who fight it out to try and qualify for a big European competition. Everyone knows the stakes involved, and everyone knows what it can do for the confidence and prestige of any given club. Today, we’ll be taking a look at a Bundesliga clash that could prove to be pivotal in that department as Freiburg go head to head with Borussia Monchengladbach.
The push for Europe has fallen off the edge of a cliff in recent weeks for Freiburg, with only one win in their last six games. It seemed as if they had a great opportunity to prove themselves against Bayer Leverkusen in their last outing, too, but they just didn’t seize the moment. The nature of the Bundesliga table means there’s still a chance they could ruffle some feathers between now and the end of the campaign, but they have to get that train rolling against Gladbach – because time is running out.
Gulde is out of action with a muscle problem whereas Haberer, Ravet and Kath are all doubts for the game. Waldschmidt should return after recovering from an ankle injury with Kubler also being back to full fitness.
Qualifying for the UEFA Champions League is an ever-increasing possibility for this Gladbach side, which is no more than they deserve after years of building themselves up to be one of the most well-rounded teams in German football. They finished the month of May off in style last weekend with a nice victory over Union Berlin, and if they can maintain that same energy against Freiburg, they’ll believe that they can really put the pressure on Leipzig and even Borussia Dortmund.
Embolo and Strobl both went off injured last weekend with the latter being definitively ruled out for this game. The injuries don’t stop there with Zakaria and Johnson still being on the sideline, whereas Raffael is a doubt after injuring his foot.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting earlier this season, Monchengladbach beat Freiburg 4-2.
- Freiburg have won one, drawn two and lost three of their last six games.
- Monchengladbach have won three, drawn one and lost two of their last six games.
- Freiburg have scored seven goals and conceded eight in their last six games.
- Monchengladbach have scored 11 goals and conceded eight in their last six games.
Freiburg have a tendency to be more than a bit careless on the ball, which isn’t exactly going to bode well against a Gladbach side who are more than capable of punishing any lapses in concentration. Still, Freiburg have the potential to keep things tight and pop up with a few game-changing moments in equal measure – which is the perfect recipe for an exciting clash. We think there are going to be plenty of attempts from the two European spot chasers, with the final score being 1-1.
Best Odds: 3/1
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