Borussia Monchengladbach v Schalke – Borussia-Park at 17:30 Live at BT Sport
Borussia Monchengladbach handed Jupp Heynckes his first defeat in his second spell in charge of Bayern Munich a fortnight ago with the Foals running out 2-1 winners at Borussia Park. Thorgan Hazard and Matthias Ginter grabbed the Gladbach goals before half-time to put Borussia on the right path.
Dieter Hecking’s charges were compact, disciplined and incredibly industrious, overcoming the early loss of the unlucky Christoph Kramer to another head injury after colliding with his own defender, Jannik Vestergaard. But truth be told, Bayern were down to their bare bones with their own injury issues.
Gladbach took advantage of the opportunity brilliantly but it was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show last weekend at Wolfsburg for the Foals. Borussia became the ninth club to have beaten Bayern in the Bundesliga before going on to lose their next match and Hecking’s men were deservedly brushed aside 3-0.
Goals on the agenda in Gladbach
The Foals face another tough test on Saturday as Schalke arrive at Borussia Park but rather than pick and choose a selection on either side triumphing, a better angle of attack resides in the goals markets.
Seven of Gladbach’s last 11 encounters on home soil against top-half since have seen both sides score with the same number also surpassing the Over 2.5 Goals line. Considering Borussia’s most recent four fixtures here have also featured both sides scoring, goals should be on the agenda.
The meeting between the pair concluded 4-2 last season – just one of four recent head-to-heads to produce at least three goals, three of which even paid out for backers of Over 3.5 Goals.
The encouraging goal trends make a punt on Over 2.5 Goals at 1.82 an appealing play with Schalke’s recent upturn in form not necessarily arriving alongside an improved defensive game.
Schalke shipping goals
The Royal Blues have surprisingly motored up the standings during an unbeaten run of eight matches but Domenico Tedesco’s troops have been shipping goals in recent outings. Schalke leaked four goals in their remarkable draw with rivals Dortmund and then conceded twice at rock-bottom Koln last weekend.
The visitors have silenced only five hosts in 23 games since the start of last season, two of which arrived under Tedesco’s watch this term. However, the shutouts came against bottom-half sides Freiburg and Hertha Berlin and Gladbach will fully expect to get on the scoresheet here at least once.
Asian Total Goals: Over 2.5 Goals at 1.830
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