The attraction of today represents Germany in the championship match between Borussia M’gladbach no doubt and Bayer Leverkusen team neighboring tables that are in direct fight for the third place that leads directly into the UEFA Champions League. The odds are very balanced, given that both sides are in a very good period. Gladbach had a sensational season and is 100% safe UCL qualification, but definitely want to avoid hosts the preliminary rounds. Kramer and his colleagues are currently third in the Bundesliga with 60 points, two points for Wolfsburg (2) and two of Leverkusen (4).
Gladbach is still third in the standings matches at home, losing only once this season.
Borussia won the previous eight home matches played in the Bundesliga.
Five of the previous six games at home ended with no goal conceded by Gladbach.
Martin Stranzl is still the only absent from the camp host. I do not expect major changes from Lucien Favre, having no reason to do that. Also formula of 4-4-1-1 seems nailed Gladbach now.
M’gladbach Probable team (4-4-1-1): Sommer – Korb, Brouwers, Jantschke, Wendt – Herrmann, Kramer, Xhaka, Johnson – Raffael – Kruse.
The situation of the Bayer Leverkusen is not very different at the moment. The team is riding high with four successes and a draw in the last five rounds, keeping pace with the opponents today and Wolfsburg approaching four points. There is no question for second place, but today guests can climb the podium, but that are required to obtain three points. Only Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg have at the moment a stronger attack than Bayer, the team scored 59 times. Defense is also in the Top 3 in Germany with 32 goals so far collected.
Leverkusen is the second in a ranking of traveling, with 25 points from 15 matches.
Guests have won eight of the previous nine games of the championship.
Leverkusen is unbeaten in 24 of the previous 26 direct confrontations with Gladbach in all competitions.
Unlike today’s opponents, those in Leverkusen have problems at the lot. Specifically, Robbie Kruse, Castro and Papadopoulous are injured, while Bellarabi will not play due to a suspension. Jedjav such holder will start again in his place in central defense Papadopoulous.
Probable team Leverkusen (4-2-3-1): Leno – Hilbert Toprak, Jedjav, Wendell – Reinartz, Rolfes – Brandt Calhanoglu, Son – Kiesling.