The stage is set for a head to head between Monchengladbach Borussia and Frankfurt’s Eintracht in what is set to be an epic matchup at Borussia-park on Friday October 28 th , 2016.
The M’Gladbach, which has been off to a great start, has been on a slippery slope during the last few games after failing to win 3 of their last 5 matches, including a blowout 4-0 lost at the hands of the FC Schalke.
Borussia Struggling in the Bundesliga
While the team has been enjoying relative success in the Champions League, with their first win over Celtic not too long ago, they are still struggling to compete with the top contenders in the Bundesliga. Their horrible loss to Schalke coupled with their underwhelming draw with Hamburg and their shutout lost to Bayern also means that they were unable to score a single goal in their last three games in Germany’s premier league.
On the other hand, Frankfurt’s Eintracht has been looking better during their last outings, with a stellar win over Hamburg which allowed them to maintain a winning record. Their equally impressive draw against Bayern gave Armin Veh’s troops a much needed boost of confidence after a rocky start. They will be looking for upset over the M’Gladbach who is still struggling to make a stand in the Bundesliga.
William Hill, a very reputable online betting site according to this Bookmaker Ratings review, has Borussia as a heavy betting favourite in this match up, even with the team’s recent string of defeats. There are many reasons why the M’Gladbach still comes into the game as a favourite after their recent disappointing performances.
Borussia’s Dominance at Home
M’Gladbach seems almost invincible on home turf. As a matter of fact, the team has lost only 3 of their last 19 games at Borussia-park. Also, Borussia seems to have Frankfurt’s number, with Schubert’s troops winning 8 out of their last 9 matchups against the team. Furthermore, Frankfurt has had issues against Borussia all over the course of last season, with Frankfurt losing 8 out of the 9 match ups they had together.
While M’Gladbach seems superior on paper, which is to be expected from a team that was able to qualify for the Champion’s League through the Bundesliga, a Frankfurt victory wouldn’t be out of the extraordinary. Frankfurt’s team has been able to perform without much pressure or expectations from pundits since they’ve been over achieving so far.
Borussia, on the other hand, has had to deal with controversy as the team failed to get any type of success on away games. As a matter of fact, M’Gladbach was only able to secure one away win against Celtic and is still at the bottom of Champion League’s standings.
While it is still an accomplishment for the team to be able to get a win in Europe’s premier league, they still need to focus on domestic rivals, which they seem to be struggling against this year. Their lack of focus could give Frankfurt a chance to capitalize. There is no telling how much focus Schubert’s team will have in preparation of this match up.
Monchengladbach has had lots of difficulties recreating the success they had last year when they finished in 4th position. Schubert still needs to create cohesion among his core group of forwards and they seem to be struggling to implement solid offense.
While Frankfurt has been looking relatively good lately, they shaky group of core players won’t be able to penetrate M’Gladbach’s defense. Also, most of the victories Frankfurt was able to amass this year were against lower tier opponents, which could give them a false sense of confidence going into the match against Borussia, which is still an elite club on paper despite their recent misfortunes.
This is why we pick M’Gladbach as winners in this match up, especially when considering their success against Frankfurt and the inability of Frankfurt to win away against teams like Borussia who seem to have unshakable confidence on home turf.