One of the marquee Bundesliga matchups from Week 27’s fixture list has to be the big-time showdown between Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen. Both sides are neck-and-neck in their ongoing battle for a coveted top-4 position and a Champions League berth. It also helps that both clubs play entertaining brands of soccer, and there should be goals in this clash come Saturday morning.
Last week, both M’gladbach and Leverkusen resumed their seasons with comfortable victories over inferior opposition. Marco Rose’s Monchengladbach side netted three markers, while a depleted Leverkusen lineup had no issues whatsoever with Werder Bremen – winning 4-1.
With just two points separating these clubs between third and fifth position, this is certainly a match that will have big-time implications later in the season. And while Gladbach secured victory the first time these clubs met in this famed Rhineland Derby, Leverkusen’s form and squad depth could give them more trouble this time around. As always, keep reading below the posted odds for a suggested wager, as well as team news and tactical analysis. Enjoy the best game of Matchday 27!
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen Betting Odds:
Bayer Leverkusen (+170)
Monchengladbach PK (-128)
Bayer Leverkusen PK (+108)
Over 3 (-125)
Under 3 (+105)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayer Leverkusen Pick:
One thing that is for absolute certain in this match, expect goals, chances, and all-out excitement. Both teams play very attractive brands of football, and it should produce a quality match to finish off an exciting Saturday slate.
Marco Rose’s side held the position atop the Bundesliga table for a brief stretch earlier this campaign, and cannot be counted out to return to those levels. He has at his disposal a deep and talented group, and one that truly does benefit from having five substitutions per match.
Though their opponents in Leverkusen are equally competent, and also possess very similar depth. They also come into Matchday 27 with a well-rested core. Leverkusen played a weaker and more unproven side last week against lowly Werder Bremen, and still had no difficulty in disposing of them.
Making matters worse for Monchengladbach is the fact that they’ll likely be without Fabian Johnson at the back, as well as talented goal-scorer Patrick Herrmann. Those holes in the lineup are tough to replace, and could give Leverkusen a big advantage at both ends of the pitch.
Meanwhile, look for Leverkusen to return to their first-team formation – as they inch closer to full strength and fitness. Expect Lucas Alario to return to his position up top, with the immensely talented Kai Havertz dropping into a central midfield role to support. Havertz is one of the hottest players in the Bundesliga at the moment, and without Zakaria for Gladbach, it could give Havertz a much easier matchup and space to create.
With home-field advantage quickly deteriorating without fan bases present, don’t be alarmed with backing a talented and nearly fully fit Leverkusen on the road. Havertz is as in-form as it gets right now for the visitors, and should be able to take advantage of Monchengladbach where they’re most vulnerable. Expect a hotly contested affair with plenty of goals and chances throughout, but ultimately one Leverkusen should scrape away a result. At a juicy plus-price, back them on the ‘Draw No Bet’ or ‘PK’ market – profit if they win, and push if the match is a draw. Enjoy, folks!
Prediction: Leverkusen 3-2