Leipzig played well the entire season, but they were particularly impressive in the first half of the Bundesliga year. Now they hope to return to form and win the third match this season against the struggling Borussia M’gladbach. After suffering an initial setback against Schalke 04, they won back-to-back games and scored a combined six goals against difficult opponents.
A War on Two Fronts for Leipzig
Nobody expected Leipzig to finish on the podium last season and play in the Champions League groups in 2017. They are already there and have played midweek against Monaco, one of the strongest teams in France. This busy schedule is likely to take its toll on a team that doesn’t have the necessary depth to win a war on two fronts. For the time being however, Leipzig looks capable of handling the pressure.
In order to stand a chance this season, Leipzig needs to win as many points as possible until the end of the year when the schedule will get truly busy. Playing at home against Borussia M’gladbach gives them clear favorite status and manager Hasselhuttl won’t settle for a single point. The best proof is that he has prepared a starting formation with three strikers and several offensive midfielders.
Mixed Results for Borussia M'Gladbach in 2017
Borussia M’gladbach is not going to play in any European competition after under-performing last season. The odds of them returning to the elite of European football don’t look that good after the mediocre results so far. Narrow margin victories and defeats against mediocre teams and a low goal production are currently their main problems.
Bet365 Sports offers odds of 4/5 on Leipzig to win again in front of its fans and there is tremendous value in these odds. This is likely to be a one-sided match with the hosts dominating the encounter, so even risk-averse punters should consider backing the favorites.