Borussia M’gladbach suffered another disappointing loss, this time losing 1-0 to Augsburg. Coach Schubert has been under scrutiny lately with the team under-performing, and he will be desperate to respond here. Kramer is out injured, with Dahoud likely returning to a more defensive role. Stindl is back from illness and will join Raffael in attack. A change to a 4-2-2-2 formation is likely. They will clearly go for all 3 points here. It’s the last match of 2016 and after an unconvincing campaign so far, they’ll want to get a final win in front of their fans. A fairly attacking tactical approach can be expected from Schubert, as they’ll look to go forward early and often and getting an early lead would be the best scenario for them.
Wolfsburg make this trip after a very important win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The pressure on Ismael has decreased somewhat, but he is still under scrutiny. He will likely repeat a 3-5-1-1 formation that worked well against Frankfurt. The same starting line-up is expected, with Draxler potentially playing his last Wolfsburg match, given the much-talked departure in January. A draw would be a decent result for Wolfsburg. Still, a very defensive approach isn’t expected, with Ismael looking to go forward when given the opportunity. A fairly balanced approach can be predicted, with counter-attacking probably their best weapon throughout the 90 minutes.
Verdict & Prediction
Borussia M’gladbach are not going through a good period. They’ve struggled for some time now and the confidence level in the locker room is questionable at best. Schubert is under heavy pressure and there could be changes in the upcoming winter break. Borussia M’gladbach are predominantly a good home team. Despite their struggles this season, they are still a tough team to beat in front of their fans and they will be motivated to react after another rather disappointing defeat over the weekend.
Prediction: B. Monchengladbach -0.50 AH (same as B. Monchengladbach to win match)
Odds: 2.02 SBOBET