Borussia Monchengladbach have not quite built on their win at Frankfurt on Matchday 26, but visitors Union Berlin have not won in their last five league games either.
Date: Sunday, May 31
Kick-off: 14:30 pm
Union Berlin head to Monchengladbach on a dire run of results, having lost twice and drawn one in the three games they have negotiated since the resumption of the Bundesliga, though they appear comfortable with their placing on the table as they are some nine points clear of the drop.
Monchengladbach are still in the hunt for Champions League qualification despite dropping points to Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen in their last two and with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg coming up in their next couple of games, one will expect Die Fohlen to tighten up their grip sooner rather than later.
Berlin were 2-0 victors in the reverse fixture last year, so the hosts will be out to exert revenge and of course rake in an important three points as the league’s run-in becomes tougher.
Breel Embolo and Tobias Strobl both pulled up last weekend with injuries, and are already rated as doubts here.
Tony Jantschke is suspended after racking up five yellow cards.
Denis Zakaria is unavailable after undergoing surgery on his knee as also Fabian Johnson who is out with a muscle injury.
Keven Schlotterbeck is available after suspension, but Robert Andrich is suspended after his red card against Mainz last time out.
Sebastian Polter has been suspended by the club with immediate effect for refusing to accept a pay cut.
Akaki Gogia is struggling with his knee ligament damage while Christopher Lenz is carrying a knock.
Yunus Malli tested positive for the Coronavirus but is now fit to start, while Sheraldo Becker has a thigh injury and is ruled out for a couple more weeks.
Head to Head
Only twice have these two sides squared off in their competitive history, with Union Berlin winning one and drawing one of those fixtures.
Mönchengladbach last five matches in all competitions: LWWLD
Union Berlin last five matches in all competitions: DLLLD
There is every likelihood this match could produce a lot of goals, if their respective performances in the final third in recent games are evaluated. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 11 of Borussia Monchengladbach’s last 13 home games in the division while there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Union Berlin’s last 7 away games. With this, punters could expect the game to have goals to light it up, and backing over 3.5 for 17/10 odds is the first pick from the available markets here.
Alassane Plea is 11/8 to score anytime, and is a player worth banking on, for the goal-scorers market. The Frenchman is on course to hit double figures for goals should he find the net here.