Leverkusen vs Monchengladbach preview, betting tips and prediction: Julian Brandt could inspire a crucial Leverkusen win
March 08, 2018
The race for Champions League places in the Bundesliga continues to compel with just four points separating second and sixth. Bayer Leverkusen are fifth in that congested pile and host Borussia Monchengladbach this weekend. At first glance, Gladbach seem like they’re a great distance away from the Champions League discussion. However, they’re only seven points off fourth place. A win against Heiko Herrlich’s team would bring them into the picture.
The incredibly crowded and unbelievably detailed picture. It says something about the erratic nature of the Bundesliga that Gladbach are still so close to the Champions League places despite winning only one of their last six matches. This is one of the worst Gladbach teams in a while and yet they could cause Leverkusen problems.
A Leon Bailey strike separated the sides the last time that they met. Leverkusen’s golden boy continues to be linked with a big move away and it’s likely that he’ll get it in the summer. He wasn’t on the scoresheet in Leverkusen’s most recent win, a 2-1 victory over Wolfsburg. A penalty from Lucas Alario opened the scoring before Julien Brandt doubled the visitors’ advantage.
Liverpool have been routinely linked with Brandt but it’s a genuine surprise that there isn’t more of an interest in the 21-year-old. An all-around talent, his goal here showed his passing ability, finishing and composure.
If Bailey isn’t the undoing of Gladbach this time around, expect Brandt to produce another moment of magic to defeat the Foals.