Top four hopefuls Gladbach welcome relegation threatened Hamburg in Friday’s Bundesliga action. The hosts will be looking to get things back on track after collecting just 1 point from the last three games.
Dieter Hecking’s men were disappointing in their midweek loss at Freiburg but will be hopeful of a return to form at Borussia-Park. You only have to look at a recent 2-1 victory over none other than leaders Bayern to see what a force Die Fohlen can be on their day in front of the home crowd and indeed the team arrive having picked up 58.3% of the points available on home soil so far this term.
Nonetheless, Gladbach will certainly want to tighten up at the back in home comforts, with their last 6 home games all featuring goals at both ends, with a remarkable average of 3.5 goals a game on display in the process. The side have struggled in defensive areas all season long, conceding the third highest amount of goals in the league, despite their relatively strong 6th placed standing, and it’s plain for all to see that defensive issues are going to have to be ironed out if objectives are to be met this term.
Meanwhile, visitors Hamburg once again find themselves in even bigger trouble. Die Rothosen have been battling the drop season after season in recent years and currently occupying the relegation play-off spot in 16th, little change looks to be afoot this time around.
Markus Gisdol’s troops come into the clash on a real low following a poor home defeat to Frankfurt midweek, in a game they lead early on. Little comfort can be found ahead of a return to the road, with the visitors putting in some wretched showings on their travels so far this season, losing 5 of the 7 games contested and conceding a shocking average of 1.85 goals a game.
Whilst neither side arrives in sparkling form, Gladbach have to be considered clear and comfortable favourites. Generally speaking, they are a powerful outfit on home soil and have proved so in recent outings with some impressive performances against Bayern and Schalke.
Hamburg have been very poor on the road and whilst you can imagine them getting on the score sheet given Gladbach’s defensive issues, it’s hard to envisage them leaving with anything points wise, taking into account their own porous record as visitors. Backing a Gladbach win looks the way to play at current odds, as well as small punts on a 2-1 margin of victory and the home win with both sides scoring.
B.MONCHENGLADBACH VS HAMBURG STATS
- Gladbach have picked up 58.3% of the points available on home soil.
- The last 6 games at Borussia-Park have seen goals at both ends, with an average of 3.5 per game on display.
- Hamburg have picked up just 4 points so far this season away from home, losing 5 of the 7 fixtures contested.
- During said wretched run, they’ve conceded an average of 1.85 goals a game.