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UEFA Champions League qualification is firmly in the sights of Monchengladbach and it rates as the best bet on the German Bundesliga when it hosts Hannover on Sunday.
Monchengladbach is building a good case for being the third best German Bundesliga team, grinding out results with its offence scoring a sufficient number of goals to make the most of its defence, which is the league’s second tightest. Monchengladbach is third on the German Bundesliga ladder, it has won each of its last five divisional home matches and it has lost only one of its last 16 league games on home soil.
Hannover opened the scoring in its German Bundesliga home match against Bayern Munchen last weekend but it took just three minutes for the champion to equalise before it went on to record a 3-1 away win. That was Hannover’s eighth German Bundesliga game in a row without a victory and the 96ers have beaten only Augsburg in their last 13 divisional matches dating back to the middle of November.
And it is not simply that Hannover has gone eight German Bundesliga games since singing its team song. Hannover’s last eight German Bundesliga opponents are ranked first, fifth, 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th on the ladder going into Round 25 – the 96ers have played each of the bottom four and six of the bottom eight in recent times.
One thinks that Monchengladbach should post a relatively routine German Bundesliga home win over Hannover and one is surprised that bookmakers do not view the Foals as really attractive bets. Monchengladbach is available at odds of -125 with BetVictor, which is a few rolls over what one was expecting to see on the odds comparison websites.
Monchengladbach humbled Hannover 3-0 in the reverse German Bundesliga fixture five months ago and that head-to-head form line is what lifts it above one’s other suggestions.
It may be too early to say that Leverkusen is fully back on track but one fancies that it will have more than enough in its locker to consign bottom-of-the-ladder Stuttgart to its 13th loss of what has been a bad German Bundesliga season.
Leverkusen has bounced back from being the losing party in what was the most exciting German Bundesliga match in years – its 4-5 home loss to Wolfsburg – to string together five unbeaten games across all competitions, including a 1-0 UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg home win over Atletico Madrid that puts it on the cusp of the last eight.
Confidence is back coursing through Leverkusen’s veins and it should have far too much firepower for Stuttgart to handle. Stuttgart has collected four points from its last eighth German Bundesliga matches and it has forgotten the route to the back of the net in recent months, scoring just four goals in those eight divisional games. It is going to take a major reversal of form for Stuttgart to retain its German Bundesliga membership card and Leverkusen is a fair bet at odds of -200 with Bwin and WilliamHill to edge VfB a bit closer to the second tier on Friday.
Finally, Paderborn’s German Bundesliga form is so bad that one has to nominate it for defeat at Frankfurt on Saturday, an option that BetVictor is quoting at odds of -133 .
Paderborn’s early enthusiasm has gone and its results over the last 10, 15 and 20 German Bundesliga rounds have been the worst in the competition. Paderborn’s morale has taken a battering in recent weeks because, while there was no shame whatsoever in it losing to Bayern Munchen, Leverkusen and Monchengladbach, the cumulative score of 0-11 reads poorly.
Frankfurt’s German Bundesliga results are that of a side on the middle of the ladder but it has scored in each of its last 13 league matches and, at the moment, one goal is proving sufficient to get the better of Paderborn.
Monchengladbach to beat Hannover
15th March 16:30 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor,
Frankfurt to beat Paderborn
14th March 14:30 GMT
Where to Bet: BetVictor
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