Borussia Dortmund face what could be a potentially tricky trip to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Despite Dortmund’s strong recent record against their hosts at the weekend, Gladbach are only six points behind them in the table.
Where and when: Borussia-Park – 18 February, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Borussia Dortmund: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: A Maximilian Philipp brace and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick helped Dortmund romp to a 6-1 victory over Gladbach when the teams met at the Westfalenstadion back in September.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund Predictions and Preview
Dortmund are going for their sixth straight win over Monchengladbach on Sunday, with none of the previous five victories more convincing than the rout in the last game. However, Gladbach did win four of the five meetings before that run, and despite currently being in the bottom half of the Bundesliga, still have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Dieter Hecking’s side desperately need to stop the rot however, having lost each of their last three game without scoring a goal. Gladbach are still just five points behind fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt though, with Dortmund another point ahead in third. Qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition may be a tall order, but with Die Fohlen one of four teams locked on 31 points, they are aiming for a Europa League spot at least.
The visitors meanwhile have won their last three games, after drawing their first three fixtures following the winter break. Loan signing Michy Batshuayi has hit the ground running, scoring five goals in his first three games for Die Schwarzgelben, and getting rid of the Aubameyang problem seems to have revitalised Peter Stoger’s team.
Dortmund start the game as 13/10 favourites in the betting, which looks quite generous considering their recent results against Gladbach. The hosts are sure to be out for revenge though after their dressing down earlier in the season, and are 9/4 for the win. If you think the game will end in a draw, the odds on that are 11/4.
One to watch for Gladbach: Brazilian Raffael has already matched his goal tally from last season, with 12 games of this Bundesliga campaign to go. He’s 15/2 to open the scoring on Sunday, and 21/10 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Dortmund: Batshuayi has been a revelation since joining from Chelsea, with Dortmund already said to be keen on making his signing a permanent one. He’s 23/5 to break the deadlock, and 13/2 to score two or more for the third time this month.
Long shot: Dortmund have won two of their last three games 3-2, and they’re 22/1 to beat Gladbach by the same scoreline. If you add in Batshuayi as the first goalscorer, the odds increase to 70/1.