It is the final round of the German Bundesliga, and to be frank – we’ll be sad to see it go. Though not that popular of a domestic league in North America, it was a cash cow for us at a time where sports weren’t occurring that frequently. We had a successful run, and though our focus has now shifted to England and the upcoming MLS is Back Tournament, let’s not forget the big run of success and excitement the Bundesliga brought.
This is the final matchday for German soccer, and surprisingly – there are still some teams playing for some high stakes scenarios. Our featured match of the day looks at Hertha Berlin vs. Borussia Monchengladbach, and Gladbach are one of those sides desperately hoping to hang on to a Champions League position.
Currently, Marco Rose’s group leads the final Champions League spot for next season by 1 point, with Bayer Leverkusen hot on their tails, just one point back themselves. Both sides haven’t quite had the finishes to their campaign that they were expecting, but for Gladbach, a Champions League spot for 2020-21 would be a great consolation prize in what has been a hectic year.
For Hertha Berlin, a coaching change rejuvenated their squad mid-season, and optimism is in high gear for the beginning of the next campaign. They’ve been in excellent form, and though their chances of securing a European spot went out the window – they’ll be keen to spoil the party for Gladbach.
As is always the case in the Bundesliga, this match should produce both goals and excitement. Both squads lean to an offensive style, and that should be good for the casual soccer fan and bettor. With Gladbach desperately looking for a win, it should definitely open the match up from the outset. Read on beneath the posted odds for further match analysis, and a betting prediction for our final Bundesliga game of the year between Monchengladbach and Hertha Berlin. Enjoy!
M’gladbach vs. Hertha Berlin Betting Odds:
Hertha Berlin (+680)
Over 3.5 (+105)
Under 3.5 (-125)
M’gladbach -1.5 (-110)
Hertha Berlin +1.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
M’gladbach vs. Hertha Pick Pick:
While Gladbach enter as heavy favourites for this clash, it might not come quite as easy as expected. Star striker Marcus Thuram remains out injured, while key playmaker Alassane Plea is considered to be doubtful for this clash. That said, M’gladbach have a deep side and boast it all across the pitch. Captain Lars Stindl should be equipped to pick up the slack in the midfield, while pacy Breel Embolo will lead the line.
Hertha meanwhile don’t necessarily have the same depth Gladbach have, so manager Bruno Labbadia will need to get creative for their final clash of the campaign. They’re slated to be without two of their regular defenders, which should put immense pressure on their replacement options – given Gladbach’s desire to attack for all 90 minutes.
Expect Monchengladbach to dictate the pace of the match from the outset, really pushing for that coveted early goal. They will know they’ll need to win, as Leverkusen has an easy matchup themselves – so goals will be vital early. With M’gladbach controlling the pace and possession, it should be able to eventually break down a Hertha side that’s thin in both midfield and within the flanks on their defense. Gladbach has speedy wingers that deliver excellent crosses in, and Embolo should be able to get on the end of a couple of them come Saturday.
While Hertha have enjoyed success of late, without anything meaningful to play for, their defense is nowhere near solid enough to withstand a constant barrage of chances from Marco Rose’s side. While Hertha might find a goal of their own, Gladbach can score with many sides in Europe – and should be able to prove that one final time this season. In an exciting clash, look for Gladbach to pull away, securing a comfortable victory and a Champions League spot for next year.
Pick: Gladbach -1.5