Leipzig leads the German Bundesliga for attempts after three rounds and one thinks that the Red Bulls will have too much firepower for Monchengladbach in their Saturday showdown.
Averaging a German Bundesliga high 20 attempts per game, Leipzig is powering its way up the ladder after being on the wrong end of a 0-2 scoreline in its divisional opener away to Schalke. Leipzig has registered comfortable back-to-back German Bundesliga victories over Freiburg and Hamburg and the Red Bulls match up well against a middle-of-the-road Monchengladbach side that has allowed more attempts in the league than all bar Freiburg, Hamburg and Hoffenheim.
Leipzig accrued four points from its two German Bundesliga games against Monchengladbach last season – never did the Red Bulls trail the Foals and they were just a handful of minutes from winning the match that they ending up drawing 1-1. Monchengladbach began its German Bundesliga campaign with a 1-0 home victory over Koln but the Billy Goats have made that form line look rubbish in subsequent rounds and last time out the Foals flopped 0-1 at home to Frankfurt.
Marathonbet is offering odds of -149 about Leipzig backing up from its UEFA Champions League game versus Monaco on Wednesday to get the better of Monchengladbach three days later. Leipzig does not have to travel this week so three days should be sufficient for the Red Bulls to recharge, either with or without the help of their benefactor’s product. Leipzig is a genuine German Bundesliga title contender whereas Monchengladbach will struggle to finish the competition on the top half of the ladder.
Both Hoffenheim and Hertha are engaged in the UEFA Europa League, with the former entertaining Braga and the latter hosting Athletic in the first batch of group matches on Thursday. One thinks that Hoffenheim faces the less taxing UEFA Europa League assignment and that it will be able to back up on Sunday with a German Bundesliga triumph over a Hertha team that rates below Hoffe on collateral form.
Bremen has lined up against both Hoffenheim and Hertha in the early stages of the German Bundesliga competition – the River Islanders lost 0-1 at Hoffe and they drew 1-1 at the Old Lady. Hoffenheim’s home form versus German opponents this year has been outstanding – nine wins, one goalless draw and no losses – so one is quite content to take the odds of -133 with BetVictor and William Hill about Hoffe beating Hertha for the third straight time in their series.
Dortmund has been the most impressive side in the opening three German Bundesliga rounds and its Sunday home game versus bottom-of-the-ladder Koln should be one-way traffic.
Yet to concede a German Bundesliga goal, Dortmund has the added advantage over Koln that its UEFA Champions League match against Tottenham will take place 24 hours before Arsenal hosts the Billy Goats in the UEFA Europa League.
Monchengladbach, Hamburg and Augsburg have consigned Koln to a miserable start to the German Bundesliga tournament and, if anything, the Billy Goats have got progressively worse. Dortmund is an intimidating road trip for in-form teams so heaven knows how Koln will feel running out to face the Black and Yellows with 80,000 people barracking for the hosts. This is a German Bundesliga game that could get messy, hence why backing Dortmund minus one goal at odds of -133 with Ladbrokes rounds out one’s weekend selections.
Leipzig to beat Monchengladbach
Saturday 16th September, 17:30 GMT
Hoffenheim to beat Hertha Berlin
Sunday 17th September, 12:30 GMT
Dortmund -1 to beat Koln
Sunday 17th September, 17:00 GMT