Borussia Monchengladbach will be hoping to go top of the table, at least for a few hours, when they welcome Hertha Berlin to Borussia Park on Friday evening.
Monchengladbach — who are undefeated — will have been left reeling last weekend as they seemed to be on course for all three points against Schalke, but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw after conceding a late penalty.
Nevertheless, Monchengladbach under Daniel Farke, has shown glimpses of what they can produce, and they have lofty ambitions this term.
Meanwhile, Hertha’s first three matches have yielded just two points and they occupy 14th spot in the table. Head coach Sandro Schwarz is unlikely to make too many changes, and Maximilian Mittelstadt could continue to fill in at left-back if captain Marvin Plattenhardt fails to recover in time from a knock.
This should be an intriguing affair, and ahead of kick-off, we have drawn your attention to a couple of tasty tips.
Borussia Monchengladbach to turn on the style
Monchengladbach looked formidable against Hoffenheim earlier this month and they will be targeting two home wins from two.
Although four of five Monchengladbach’s goals scored this season has been hit between the 71st and 78th minute of games, they have had the edge over Hertha.
A quick check at the head-to-head record indicates that in 51 previous meetings, Monchengladbach have picked up 26 wins, and more worryingly for Schwarz, he is yet to taste success against Monchengladbach as Hertha coach (D2, L3).
Indeed, Hertha has lost seven of their last nine previous clashes with Monchengladbach, and it seems unlikely they will arrest that run.
Monchengladbach possesses plenty of pizzazz, and they could well put a show on for their fans. The Correct Score market usually provides good value for money, and Monchengladbach is trading at 11/1 with William Hill to register a 3-1 victory.
Marcus Thuram at the double
Farke has enjoyed a solid start to life in charge of Monchengladbach and part of that can be attributed to the form of Marcus Thuram.
The striker has hit a purple patch, scoring in his side’s games three competitive fixtures this term. He is strong and he is lethal in the box when given half a chance.
He has also formed a fabulous partnership with Alassane Plea, who relishes facing Hertha, having netted three goals in seven meetings with them, and he will give Hertha something to think about.
Thuram is looking to score for the fourth game in a row for Monchengladbach, which would represent a first, and he could have some joy against Hertha as gaps could open at the back.
If you want to tuck into the Goalscorer Market, then Thuram is available at 10/1 with Paddy Power to bag a double.