RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach
If you’re looking for something exciting to watch this weekend that doesn’t feature the big names in European football, the Leipzig vs Gladbach game may just be the perfect Bundesliga fixture for you to catch.
These two clubs don’t have much to go for when it comes to prestige and recognition in the international stage, but both teams aren’t losing out to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich when it comes to the number of superb players and the quality of fantastic football they have displayed at the German top flight.
The winner of this important duel will see themselves edge closer to the league leaders and mount some pressure on the BVB. However, both teams know that winning against their opponents isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
Which side will be able to play their usual brand of football and leave the Red Bull Arena with smiles on their faces? Join us as we check the latest Bundesliga 2018 updates and predict how this match will pan out.
Gladbach hot on Dortmund’s trail
If you point a gun to my head and ask which club has been the surprise performers thus far in this Bundesliga season, I would shout Borussia Monchengladbach at the top of my lungs without so much as batting an eye.
The club that finished ninth in the table last season made a couple of key acquisitions in the summer that paid dividends for them. The Foals experienced the biggest returns in Alassane Plea. While they paid a hefty €23 million to get the 25-year-old, his eight goals and 7.22 match rating is more than enough to make him a worthwhile purchase. His hat-trick against Bremen is enough evidence of his class.
Besides Plea, Michael Lang has also proven himself to be a vital cog in the Monchengladbach defence, firmly establishing himself as the starting right-back. These acquisitions have helped Thorgan Hazard play with more freedom and less pressure.
Moreover, a perfect symphony of factors has made Gladbach as one of the most legitimate title contenders for this season. Tactical tweaks and squad depth have turned this team around and help them win a lot of their games.
Everything is going right for Die Fohlen at the moment, and it seems like nothing’s going to stop them from getting the three points. However, they have to remember that their opponents are still the Red Bulls.
Leipzig see red, want Gladbach’s spot
Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Bundesliga match against Leverkusen
The memory of RB Leipzig’s sudden surge and finish below Bayern Munich during the 2016/17 season is still fresh in the memories of many a Bundesliga fan. The combination of exciting young players and thrilling tactics saw the young Red Bull-sponsored team threaten the Bavarians of their title.
However, they have since struggled to repeat their feats since then. Their early-season rout against Dortmund was not a good sign for Leipzig, but this young team kept their head down and quietly kept themselves in the conversation while Dortmund and Munich were making all of the noise in the us Bundesliga 2018 markets.
While they lose Emil Forsberg to injury, they have plenty of quality young players that helped them secure six wins so far this season. Yussuf Poulsen has especially thrived in the Swede’s absence and has made himself a standout player in this very young and impressive Leipzig team.
Both Poulsen and Timo Werner have six goals to their name respectively, and both of them are keeping their team in the last Champions League place. However, they’ve got Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim breathing down their necks, and they need help from the rest of the team in order to keep the good times rolling.
Ralf Rangnick has quite a task ahead, but he has to make a way to make his team triumph against a very dangerous Gladbach team.
RB Leipzig don’t instil much confidence in the casual punter if we look at their recent form. They failed to win their last two Europa League group games, and they failed to win three of their last five games.
Meanwhile, the lack of European football is doing Gladbach a lot of favours. With only the domestic leagues to focus on, they won four of their last five matches in the league by at least two goals. Their away triumph against Bayern Munich in October was especially memorable for the players and fans.
If we look at their head-to-head matches, Leipzig have the lead with their two victories in their four matches. However, I don’t see this year’s Gladbach side to add another notch to their loss column against the Red Bulls.
||RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach
||Borussia Monchengladbach +0.25 @ 2.33
|December 2,2018 22:30 (GMT+8)
I have full confidence that Plea and Hazard have what it takes to bring the pain to an inconsistent Leipzig team. I believe Leipzig still haven’t figured out how to keep themselves fresh in a busy schedule, and Die Fohlen‘s superb form ahead of this match gives me no doubt that they would at least steal a point at the Red Bull Arena.
There are other interesting RB Leipzig vs Borussia Monchengladbach odds at us if you want to earn more.
I see this game having quite a number of goals go in, making 2-3 Total Goals a viable pick at 2.06. With that Being said, Under 3.00 Goals is a worthwhile pick at 2.05. If you believe in Gladbach’s ability, their 1X2 odds offer high rewards of 3.90 odds. If you believe Leipzig can finish the first half ahead, though, going for their First Half 1X2 punt will reward you with 2.48.
|A SHORT EXPLANATION ON HOW OUR () BETS ARE WORTH:
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Disclaimer: Odds are correct at time of publish.
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