Champions League chasing Borussia Monchengladbach will look to take another step towards securing their top four spot when they travel to eighth-placed Freiburg on Friday evening (7:30PM UK Time).
Die Fohlen were excellent in beating Union Berlin 4-1 on Sunday and are looking to develop some consistency after a mixed restart to the Bundesliga.
Hosts Freiburg looked to be getting off to a flyer when they took a point at RB Leipzig, while they also drew 3-3 at Eintracht Frankfurt. However, they’re still to find any kind of form at home, losing 1-0 to both Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen.
They do though have a fine record on their own patch in this fixture though, winning eight of the last nine meetings and a repeat of that holds value at
Christian Streich’s men need a pick-me-up as they currently sit eighth in the table, four points behind Wolfsburg in the final Europa League spot.
Goal Scoring Concerns
Freiburg’s lack of goals is a worry, with their tally of 19 at home the fourth worst in the Bundesliga this season. As a result, five of their last six at home have featured under 2.5 goals (
Their inability to find the net is strange considering they have Nils Petersen who has nine for the season, although only one of those has come since the restart.
Amazingly, the former Bayern Munich man has netted in each of the last three meetings between these two at the Schwarzwald-Stadion. To add further intrigue, each of those has come from the penalty spot and
10/1 is being offered for the first goal to be a penalty.
While Freiburg have struggled, it has been a different story for Die Fohlen. Although they drew 0-0 at home to resurgent Werder Bremen, their other three games have averaged 4.34 goals. Over 3.5 goals again is
French Wizard on the Wing
That tally has been partly down to the form of young Frenchman Marcus Thuram. The surname may sound familiar but unlike his father, who was a classy defender, the 22-year-old is a tricky winger.
Those skills have helped him score four goals in as many games and he heads into this one on 10 for the season, one of which was the opener when these two met in December.
Marco Rose’s side won that game 4-2 and travel to Baden-Württemberg on a run of five unbeaten on the road and have certainly improved away from home, having won only one of seven before their resurgence.
They slipped to fourth on the back of RB Leipzig’s 4-2 win over Cologne on Monday and with fifth-place Bayer Leverkusen joining them on 56 points, every little helps.
Despite their scoring woes, Freiburg will take heart from their fine record in this fixture. Add in that the last four meetings have seen both teams score, a tally that is further improved when you include the pair’s friendly clash during the winter break.
Going by the form, an away win and both to score at
37/20 looks a handy price.
Where to Watch: Kick-off 7:30PM live on BT Sports 1 in the UK
*All odds correct at time of writing