8th placed Freiburg will welcome 4th Monchengladbach this Friday to the Schwarzwald-Stadion in what will be their second home game on the bounce.
The home side who lost to Gladbach’s fellow Champions League-chasing rivals Bayern Leverkusen last time out are on a four-game winless run having picked up just two points from the four games played since football resumed after the COVID 19 enforced break (D2, L1).
Monchengladbach meanwhile are looking to pick up their third win since football resumed after taking seven points from the twelve available in that period.
The visitors enter the tie on the back of an impressive 4:1 home win over Union Berlin last time out. They will fancy their chances against a Freiburg team that have taken just 38 points in 29 games this season.
Christian Streich will be without the services of Janik Haberer and Yoric Ravet, who are sidelined through injuries.
Marco Rose meanwhile has a few injuries to battle with. Swiss forward Breel Embolo will sit out the tie after suffering an injury in their 3:1 loss to Leverkusen last month. Defenders Johnson Fabian and Strobl Tobias are injury doubts while Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria has a long-term knee injury.
Head to Head
Marco Rose’s side enjoy a superior head to head record in this tie, having won three of the last five meetings between both sides (L1, D1). The visitors also won 2:1 in the reverse fixture in October.
Freiburg go into the encounter with five points from their last five games with their last win coming in March.
Monchengladbach meanwhile have taken 10 points from the last 15 available.
Freiburg last five matches in all competitions: LDLDW
Monchengladbach last five games in all competitions: WDLWW
A four-game winless run has meant that Freiburg’s Europa league ambition has taken a hit as they now trail closest challengers Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim by four points with six games to play before the season rounds up.
The host’s record in the last five games will be a source of worry for them heading into this tie. The host will be looking to set the records straight in this tie with a goal difference of zero from the last five games (seven scored, seven conceded).
Christian Streich’s boys have taken 20 points from the 14 points they have played at home this season. In that period, they have scored 16 goals and conceded 16 goals. When isolated, this looks like an impressive record as only two teams (Bayern Munich and Dortmund) have conceded fewer goals at home than the hosts.
However, with 16 goals scored, they have one of the league’s worst attack—only bottom clubs Dusseldorf, Mainz, and Bremen have scored fewer goals.
Freiburg’s defense will need to be sorted if they will hope to pick any points from this game as they have kept only two clean sheets in their last 20 games in the league.
The visitors have won three of their last five games, scoring ten and conceding six in that period. They head into the tie, having taken 24 points from 14 away games this season.
With 22 goals scored away from home this season—the worst for teams in European—Marco Rose will be looking to feast on a defense that has failed to keep a clean sheet in eight tries.
Overall, Gladbach are the league’s fourth-best attack having scored 57 times in the league this season. Of these 57 goals, 25 have come in the first half, meaning that only 43.8% of their goals have come before the break.
At the other end of the pitch, Die Fohlen have conceded just 15 goals in 14 away games—only Hoffenheim (13) have conceded fewer goals away from home this season.
Overall, however, the visitors have kept six clean sheets this season, with 66.6% (four) of those clean sheets coming away from home.
Historically, this tie is low on clean sheets with both teams scoring in the last six meetings.
B. Monchengladbach win @ 3/4
Over 1.5 Goals @ 1/5
Both Teams to Score/Yes @ 8/13