Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia M’gladbach / Bundesliga – One of the derbies of the round and a duel team between teams that want to play in the European competitions, preferably the Champions League. They have in common that they did not manage to win last season and this season they did not play many games, especially Borussia, which was eliminated in the round of sixteen of the Cup, from Bayer, who will play the semi-finals of that competition. Bayer is doing better in the championship, they are fifth with six points more than Borussia, which is in eighth place. Bayer has both lost and celebrated lately, and Borussia has played two matches without defeat. In the first part of the season it was convincing 5-1 for Bayer. Begins: 10.03.2018. – 18:30 CET
Bayer has recorded both defeats and victories in the previous four rounds, but now they definitely want to break that because defeat was next in that rhythm. They want to break off a negative series at home, where they were in the previous two duels defeated by Hertha and Schalke and they had to compensate for it all by celebrating victories over HSV and Wolfsburg. Interestingly, both of these defeats happened with a result 2-0, with both wins ended with a result 2-1.
They used the fact that HSV and Wolfsburg were in very bad shape and they dominated in both duels. Two rounds ago against Schalke, they were left with one player less on the field due to the elimination of Kohr, and that is also the main reason for their defeat. Wolfsburg's new names were L.Bender, Tah, Baumgartlinger, Bellarabi and Alario. The latter was also a hero of victory, while we now expect Brandt and Bailey to return to the team.
Probable lineups Bayer Leverkusen: Leno – L.Bender, Tah, S.Bender, Wendell – Baumgartlinger, Aranguiz – Brandt, Havertz, Bailey – Alario
A victory and a draw in the previous two wins are not what we expected from Borussia, but after four consecutive defeats, this is a very good one. The win at Hannover broke that series and finally Borussia has managed to win all three points, and then they of course also expected the same at home against Werder. They took the lead with 2-0 and they seemed to be heading towards a new triumph, the first at home after a long time, however, they relaxed and received two goals, so they ended up with a draw.
This is just another proof that Borussia does not have confidence and that is why their placement in some European competition is endangered. Hecking has rarely changed his starting line-up and has started with the same players in the previous two chess, which was understandable after the triumph in Hannover when the hero was the defensive midfielder Kramer, while Zakaria was also the defensive midfielder against Werder. There is something wrong in their attack and Raffael is missing.
Probable lineups Borussia M’gladbach: Sommer – Oxford, Ginter, Vestergaard, Elvedi – Zakaria, Kramer – Hofmann, T.Hazard – Bobadilla, Stindl
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Borussia M’gladbach PICK
Bayer has lost two previous duels in their field, and their third defeat in the league would be difficult for them, especially since Borussia does not have a good result. This season Bayer has already defeated the team from M'gladbach twice, and so we believe that they can repeat this on their field.
Pick: Bayer Leverkusen wins
Odds: 1.75 at bet365 (down to 1.65 can be played)
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