On the Sunday slate, we will look to keep the momentum going with a big match between Borussia Monchengladbach and Union Berlin. Many feel Union Berlin have already asserted themselves as the surprise group from this season’s Bundesliga, and have likely done enough to stay up. From here on out, they’re mostly just playing for pride.
But for M’gladbach, the stakes are a little more significant. They are flirting with Champions League qualification, something their organization is desperately seeking. Mired in a tight battle with the likes of Leipzig, Dortmund, and Leverkusen – one squad will likely miss out, and Gladbach knows they need to take full advantage of these must-win matches. They were lackluster midweek in dropping points, and will be seeking a big bounceback effort against inferior opposition.
With points continuing to be at such a premium in the jam-packed 2-5 positions in the German Bundesliga, Gladbach will be dressing their strongest lineup. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for detailed analysis, a tactical preview, and a betting prediction as we look to continue our impressive winning ways.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Union Berlin Betting Odds:
Union Berlin (+620)
M’gladbach -1 (-130)
Union Berlin +1 (+110)
Over 2.5 (-135)
Under 2.5 (+115)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Union Berlin Pick:
M’gadbach will enter this match on the outside looking in, in terms of Champions League spots – placing a real emphasis on them securing a full three points at home. Union Berlin meanwhile are a full four points up on relegation danger, with many experts being surprised with their quality and fight all season long.
For Marco Rose’s Gladbach side, the injuries have started to mount – making things tougher on the young group. Breel Embolo remains out, as does star midfielder Denis Zakaria. With Rose definitely expecting a win here, he’s going to need to rely on his impressive squad depth and creativity in attack. Look for Rose to name a positive group, lining up in a forward-thinking 3-4-1-2 formation.
Expect the talented Alessane Plea to lead the line up top, with Lars Stindl playing just behind him. That duo has the potential to ravage the Union Berlin back-line, as their blend of skill and speed should grant them all kinds of quality chances at goal.
Union meanwhile is likely going to counter with a 3-4-3 formation, an interesting strategy given Gladbach’s knack of dictating attacking games. Union aren’t steady at the back, and three defenders might leave them light at times when it comes to thwarting off dangerous attacks from Gladbach. Their trio of Nevan Subotic, Marvin Friedrich, and Keven Schlotterbeck all leave a lot to be desired, and with the likes of Plea, Stindl, and Marcus Thuram bearing down on them – they’ll certainly have a tough ask on Sunday.
Monchengladbach are hungry for improved results, and though some key figures are out – the fact that they can use five substitutions and go deep into their bench, should help with morale and fatigue. They are by far the more skilled group, and given the pressure to qualify for next season’s Champions League – they need three points and a top-4 finish. Dropping them to Union Berlin likely isn’t in the cards, and look for Die Folen to secure a routine 3-1 win, easily covering the -1 spread.
Prediction: M’gladbach 3-1