Borussia Monchengladbach v Stuttgart – Borussia-Park at 17:00 GMT live at BT Sport
Unlikely Bundesliga title challengers Borussia Monchengladbach lost vital ground on runaway table-toppers Borussia Dortmund last weekend when going down 2-0 at fellow high-flyers RB Leipzig on Sunday.
For the second week running, the Foals conceded the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes. However, this time around there was no comeback from Dieter Hecking’s men. The reverse was only Gladbach’s third of the campaign, all three of which have arrived on the road.
So the North Rhine-Westphalians will relish returning home this weekend for what should be a straightforward success over Stuttgart on Sunday. The Foals have made their best start to a Bundesliga season for decades and with the Hinrunde closing in, can confidently say they’ve been one of Germany’s best.
Gladbach can rack up cushy win
Hecking’s close-season switch away from their traditional 4-4-2 to a more dynamic and attacking 4-3-3 system that has reaped plenty of rewards, particularly headlines wins over Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Bayern Munich – at the Allianz Arena to boot.
Gladbach’s swashbuckling approach has seen the Foals only out-scored by Dortmund with the likes of attacking triangle Jonas Hofmann, Thorgan Hazard and Alassane Plea proving fearsome operators. Indeed, the hosts have racked up two goals or more in all bar three of their 14 Bundesliga outings.
At Borussia Park, Hecking’s outfit have W6-D0-L0 with a splendid 18-3 goal difference across those six fixtures. The hosts have won by a margin of two goals or more in seven of their eight victories in 2018/19, including five on home soil, and we can support the Foals with a -1 Asian Handicap start at 1.76 here.
Stuttgart may suffer
Stuttgart picked up a vital victory at home to Augsburg last time out to keep the Swabians outside the automatic relegation places in Germany. Nevertheless, VFB are renowned tough operators at their Mercedes-Benz Arena base, and tend to struggle on their travels.
Die Roten have been beaten in five of their eight away days, and conceded at least twice in six of those encounters. The guests have been beaten in seven of their eight meetings with teams in 11th and above – shipping 20 goals – and since the start of last season Stuttgart have lost 15/24 (63%) away days, nine of which were by two goals or more.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Borussia Monchengladbach -1.00 at 1.850
Preview by: @MarkOHaire.
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