Mönchengladbach v Schalke Betting Tips: Borussia to prove too good at home

Mar 03 2017

Having registered yet another win to reach the DFB-Pokal semi-finals, Gladbach’s fine form continued during the week and it would appear as though Dieter Hecking’s side have been handed a good opportunity to keep their run going when they face an out-of-form Schalke side at home on Saturday evening.

Having won three on the bounce (all away from home), Mönchengladbach return to Borussia Park on Sunday and look a good bet to treat their own fans to a victory. Additionally, what with Schalke finding it hard to find their feet on their travels, backing this Gladbach side, who’ve scored eight goals in their last three fixtures (all-competitions), to find the net a couple of times also makes plenty of appeal.

The hosts may have lost their last home fixture against RB Leipzig, but they were rather unfortunate in doing so and have bounced back in good style, winning in the Europa League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal since, finding the net no less than eight times in the process. This strong attacking force seem to have been rejuvenated under Hecking in recent weeks and are once again firing on all cylinders – something that doesn’t exactly bode well for a visiting team who’ve failed to collect three points on the road so far in 2017.

In truth, Schalke aren’t a bad side and they do possess a number of high-quality players; however, they’ve been struggling for form of late and could easily continue to feel the pinch against a Gladbach side who’re seemingly full of confidence right now. The visitors have won none of their last four away from home in the Bundesliga, while they’ve only won twice in their last ten overall.

The main problem for Markus Weinzierl’s side, especially on the road, has been goals. Having scored just seven times away from home, the visitors are easily one of the Bundesliga’s lowest scoring teams, in fact, only bottom of the league Darmstadt have scored less on their travels. If we consider this together with the fact that Gladbach are now scoring plenty of goals, as well as averaging one of the highest (at home) shots on target per game figures (5.09), it’s not too hard to imagine Schalke coming off second best in this one.

Since the turn of the year, Gladbach, who’ve scored at least twice in each of their last three matches, have looked much more like the forward-thinking team who’ve done so well over the past few seasons and, having really hit their stride of late, they’re fancied to get the better of a Schalke team who’re starting to flounder somewhat.

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