Prediction and odds for the game: Monchengladbach (1/2) v Union Berlin (5/1)
We are backing the home win
When: Sunday, 31st May 2020, Kick-off 14:30
Where: Borussia Park
On Sunday afternoon, Monchengladbach will host Union Berlin at Borussia Park, as the home side look to get their challenge for a Champions League spot in the Bundesliga back on track.
The Foals early-season title challenge has faded badly. The priority for Marco Rose’s team now is to qualify for the Champions League for next season. They are fifth in the table, two points behind fourth-place RB Leipzig and three adrift of third-place Bayer Leverkusen.
Gladbach’s recent form in the German top-flight has been the definition of inconsistent, as they have won two, lost two and drawn one of their last five league matches. Last time out they drew 0-0 at relegation-threatened Werder Bremen. The draw produced one positive at least, as it was Gladbach’s first clean sheet in ten matches in the Bundesliga.
Monchengladbach’s usually strong home form has dipped severely of late in the German top-flight, as they have now won just once in their last four of their five league matches on home soil, including suffering defeats in two of their last three matches.
The Bundesliga debutants are holding their own in the German top-flight. However, the team from the capital will be looking slightly nervously over their shoulders at Fortuna Dusseldorf who occupy the relegation play-off spot. Union are currently four points clear of Fortuna, but a recent poor run of form has led to a reduction in the gap between the two teams.
A run of five Bundesliga matches without a win, including two defeats, has led to the slight nervousness at Union. Last time out Urs Fischer’s team at least ended a three-game losing streak in the top-flight by picking up a 1-1 draw at home against Mainz. The game also ended a poor defensive run for the visitors, who had conceded at least two goals in their previous four league outings.
Union have a poor recent away record in the Bundesliga, winning just two of their last nine matches on their travels while suffering six defeats in the process. Their poor defensively displays have played a big part in the recent poor away form, as they have conceded at least two goals in eight of their 14 Bundesliga matches on their travels.
One positive for Union is that they won the reverse fixture and it is the only time these two teams have met competitively in the Bundesliga.
Although Monchengladbach’s form has not been great of late, we are backing the Foals to just about overcome the visitors. Due to Union’s generous defence, we are also backing over 2.5 goals scored.
Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 1/2 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 4/6. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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