Borussia M'gladbach vs SC Freiburg / Bundesliga – Quick glance at the Bundesliga table reveals that the host of the first match of the 26th round is far more successful than its guests. Borussia also needs points more than Freiburg as it tries to qualify for the Champions League. It won in the previous round and in that way has put an end to four-game winless streak. Freiburg is positioned in the lower half of table but has plenty of points more than teams in the drop zone so it can play without pressure. Freiburg too won in the previous round. Their match played in the first part of season had ended as Freiburg’s victory 3-1.
Borussia M'gladbach – SC Freiburg begins 15.03.2019 at 20:30 CET
Borussia fans hope that their team has left the crisis behind and that victory in the previous round was return to winning rhythm. Borussia was for a long time in the race for winning the title but series of four matches without triumph in which they won just one point has eliminated them from it. They cannot be even the second and all what they can do is to try to return at the third place, which they in fact occupied for the bigger part of season. Right now there is Leipzig with the same number of points, and there are some other teams that show interest for it.
Borussia’s defence was particularly weak in the above mentioned winless series. It conceded goals too easily, even five in match with Bayern, while Hertha and Wolfsburg scored by three goals. It all happened at home, where they had been unbeaten for a long time. In the previous round they finally received no goals, while goal scored by stopper Elvedi was enough to win Mainz away. Ginter couldn’t play due to injury and is also questionable for this match, while manager Hecking had made several other changes that obviously paid off.
Probable lineups Borussia M'gladbach: Sommer – F. Johnson, Elvedi, Jantschke, Wendt – Strobl – Zakaria, Hofmann – T. Hazard, Stindl, Plea
Freibrug plays without pressure given its palpable point advantage over teams in the drop zone. They cannot fully relax but having 11 points more than teams which occupy places that lead to the relegation play-off are definitely something they shouldn’t drop easily. Freiburg doesn’t play badly recently; it lost just one out of previous six matches. They won two previous home matches and lost one played in between outside their stadium. They faced then Bayer in Leverkusen and it is no wonder they lost, but before that they outclassed Augsburg by 5-1.
In the previous round they won Hertha but not so soundly. If fact, they were lucky since the guests scored an own goal when the result read 1-1 just nine minutes before the final whistle. Despite weak game in Leverkusen manager Streich didn’t want to change anything and the same team faced Hertha. Kubler was seriously injured in that match and the season is over for him. P. Stenzel goes on the right flank, while young Schlotterbeck could play at stopper position.
Probable lineups SC Freiburg: Schwolow – P. Stenzel, N. Schlotterbeck, Heintz, C. Gunter – Frantz, Abrashi – Haberer, Grifo – Waldschmidt – Petersen
Borussia M'gladbach vs SC Freiburg PICK
Three home defeats in a row are way too much for Borussia and they don’t want to even think about the fourth, especially as the opponent is just right. Freiburg plays much better at home and rarely shines away, so we forecast triumph of the home team.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 Borussia M'gladbach
Odds: 2.01 at bet365 (down to 1.90 can be played)
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