Gladbach finally returned to their winning days last week. Such positive result is what they just need to keep their confidence high. It is vital not to lose more points in the next six game as they also aim for one spot in UCL next season. This weekend, Marco Rose’s men will be visiting Freiburg, the team on the mid table. It will be a tricky outing for both as they share rather similar issue lately, inconsistency.
The teams’ latest news
Niels Petersen and Co have been winless in their last four matches. Last week, they slumped to 0-1 defeat while taking on Bayer Leverkusen. Kai Havertz managed to tap in the ball into the back of the net despite being marked in the penalty box. It was another disappointment for Freiburg as they wasted a number of decent chances during the game.
Gladbach, on the other hand, won over the lacklustre Union Berlin 4-1 last weekend. Marcus Thuram was the man of the match as he bagged a brace. The remaining two goals were scored by Florian Neuhaus and Alessane Plea. Their opponent was only able to respond one goal by Sebastian Andersson’s header. It was their second win after the restart.
Christian Streich is likely to deploy 4-4-2 with the transition to 3-4-2-1. His main focus is to optimise shots on targets and goals which were sadly wasted in the previous fixture. Luca Waldschimdt might be considered to be the targetman, instead of Niel Petersen whose speed and accuracy has been gradually decreasing. Lucas Holer and Vicenzo Grifo might be selected to support him at the front.
His counterpart, Marco Rose, will opt for 3-4-1-2 to break the defensive stance. Their duo Frenchmen, Marcus Thuram and Alessane Plea are expected to endure their top form. They will be supported by Lars Stindl or Lazlo Benes as the number 10.
Players to watch
Freiburg’s notable players to watch are Lucas Holer who has scored five goals and provided one assists, the centre back, Nicolas Holfer, the left wing back Christian Gunters and the Italian Vicenzo Grifo.
In Gladbach, their current key men are Marcus Thuram and Alessane Plea, who have both netted ten goals each. They have been dangerous on the attack. Another notable one to watch is the Algerian left back, Remy Bensebaini who has scored five goals and made two assists.
Freiburg vs Gladbach Prediction
Christian Streich’s men’s form has been poor since the restart and they do need to start winning again to be able to qualify to Europa League next season. Yet, Gladbach is on the same mission yet with different a higher target. Considering how often they were unable to optimise their shots on goal, they will still be in difficulty of winning. A narrow win for Gladbach seem more plausible.
Playing at home this time around barely has any advantage. No wonder that Freiburg are only backed to win at 4.00, whereas Gladbach’s odds to win are at 1.85. The draw result is at the value of 3.80.