Bundesliga‘s big derby between two powerhouses, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich, opens Week 15 tonight. This is an extremely important matchup for the hosts after experiencing a poor December that saw them slipping in the standings. Meanwhile, Bayern opened 2021 firing on all cylinders, just as they did in the year behind us. For a brief moment, Mainz was near a surprise, but the Bavarians’ terror machine woke up and began demolishing everything that stood in their way in the latter 45 minutes of that clash.
Borussia Monchengladbach (+350) has two wins in a row, both without a goal allowed and both on the road. The first was in DFB Pokal against Elversberg, 0-5, and the latest in Bielefeld against Arminia, 0-1.
Previously, Monch couldn’t post a victory in six straight matches, losing twice times on home soil. It is the main reason why they slipped this far on the Bundesliga standings, and are currently seventh, one place outside the European competitions zone.
Borussia’s matches are interesting, and just two of the previous ten saw fewer than three scores. Marco Rose’s style is open, aggressive, and often creates hits on both sides, which is why many love to watch the team from Borussia Park. On some occasions, they make mistakes because of the desire to score as many goals as possible, but it is what it is.
Bayern Munich (-130), the European champions and the undisputed rulers of German football, were down two goals at halftime against Mainz last weekend. For you who didn’t watch that event, let us remind you that Bayern netted five times in the latter 45 minutes, annihilating the guests who pretty much didn’t know what hit them.
Now one interesting fact, which the majority of you didn’t notice. The game against Mainz was ninth in the last 10 where Bayern allowed at least one score. It seems that Hansi Flick’s side still didn’t turn up all the engines in defense, so that might be something you can use in the future once this team plays.
The situation is even more noticeable on the road, where the latest nine events saw both sides netting. By the way, Bayern has 8 wins, and two draws on the road during that stretch.
Valentin Lazaro is not playing for the hosts as well as Marcus Thuram, which is a great handicap for this team. Rocco Reitz and Ibrahima Traore are out too.
Marco Roca, is for sure ou, while Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry stand as game-time decisions for Hansi Flick,
Head to Head Matches
The score is even in the past six direct encounters with both Borussia and Bayern recording three wins. All of those matches were over 2.5 goals, and just one didn’t see scores on both ends.
This should be an open game without too many tactics, and that is why betting on at least two goals in the first 45 minutes is our choice. The odds are -115, and for us, that is a good bargain. A risky suggestion would be to bet on Bayern’s win with a -2.5 goals handicap with the odds at +300.
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