Freiburg host fellow European hopefuls Borussia Monchengladbach as the Bundesliga campaign rapidly nears its conclusion. The home squad have suffered defeat in three of their last six matches, while Gladbach crushed Union Berlin 4-1 in the previous gameweek and will have one eye on stealing the runners-up berth from Borussia Dortmund.
Where and when: Schwarzwald-Stadion, Freiburg – 5 June, kick-off 19:30
Where you can see Freiburg vs. Borussia Monchengladbach: BT Sport 1
Last time: Forwards Marcus Thuram and Breel Embolo starred as Gladbach came out on top in a six-goal thriller in December. The duo combined to devastating effect and contributed three of the four strikes for Marco Rose’s side on the day.
Freiburg v Borussia Monchengladbach Predictions and Preview
Freiburg sit in 8th, four points off a Europa League berth, but realistically need to win at least three of their final five fixtures to give themselves a fighting chance of securing a top-six finish.
Christian Streich’s troops squandered the lead twice against Eintracht Frankfurt just over a week ago and the margins between a successful league season and mid-table finish are incredibly fine for Freiburg.
Despite the poor run of form, Freiburg continue to carry a good goal threat. First choice front pairing Nils Petersen and Lucas Holer are ably supported by Gian-Luca Waldschmidt, Jonathan Schmid and Vincenzo Grifo with Petersen an attractive 6/1 to open proceedings.
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Vincenzo Grifo to score anytime
The German has netted on nine occasions and also contributed two assists in the Bundesliga and would have been in contention for a role in Jogi Low’s final 23 for the UEFA European Championship originally scheduled for later this month. Petersen and his team-mates are 7/2 to emerge triumphant and the draw is 11/4.
Visitors Borussia Monchengladbach have excited this term and have already eclipsed last campaign’s total number of points, wins and goals with six clashes to spare.
43-year-old Rose has recently attracted the attention of the Milan hierarchy and is undoubtedly one of the continent’s most promising young managers. The tactician has developed Thuram, Plea, Denis Zakaria and Embolo with Thuram Junior closely monitored by Juventus.
Marcus’ father Lilian famously enjoyed a stellar career with the Bianconeri and the Gladbach striker is unlikely to turn down the opportunity to follow in the legendary right-back’s footsteps if the Italian champions firm up their interest. Thuram is 4/1 to score first and Plea is available at 9/2. Gladbach are 3/4 to maintain their charge for fourth at the very minimum.
One to watch for Freiburg: Waldschmidt has struggled to dislodge Holer and Petersen but has a bright future in the game and is admired by Chelsea. The hitman is 9/1 top notch the final effort of the contest.
One to watch for Borussia Monchengladbach: Lars Stindl averages a goal every three appearances in all competitions and has thrived as the playmaker behind Thuram and Plea. Die Fohlen skipper is 15/2 in the same market.
Long shot: Gladbach have hit 57 strikes from 29 ties and this tally is all the more impressive given Rose’s relatively youthful attack. The Champions League chasers are full of confidence and a dominant showing against Freiburg will be ideal preparation ahead of the impending showdown with Bayern Munich. A 3-0 success is 15/1.