Preview - Borussia Mönchengladbach vs RB Leipzig 4 Feb

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Match Day 21
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. RasenBallsport Leipzig
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
1:30 am
Stadium: Borussia Park

Borussia Mönchengladbach:
Last six matches: L W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.5
Average goals against per match: 1.6
Top Scorer: Raffael (7)

RB Leipzig:
Last six matches: D L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.6
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Timo Werner (10)

This matchup brings together two teams that are in underwhelming form. Borussia Mönchengladbach are highly unpredictable this season; they have alternated wins and losses for the past six games now. Leipzig are playing very mediocre football at the moment. They have only won two of their last six and are coming of drawing 1-1 versus a weak Hamburger SV side.

Gladbach love playing on home soil though and are undefeated in Borussia Park in five games (three wins, two draws). While Leipzig play terribly away from home: they have only won three out of their ten away games, are winless in their last five, and have conceded at least twice in five of the last six away matches.

Only one point separates the sides in the Bundesliga table. Leipzig's loss last week put them out of the top four, as they now sit fifth, one point behind Eintracht Frankfurt in the final Champions League spot. Borussia Mönchengladbach seemed to be headed towards the Champions League places but their loss to Frankfurt last week put an end to that. They now sit seventh with 31 points and are out of any European competition as of now. They will look to right the ship this week against Leipzig in order to reach those coveted Champions League spots.

Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 RB Leipzig


Half Time: 0:0
Full Time: 0:1
Shots: 5:12
Shots on target: 3:6
Corner Kicks: 1:7
Possession: 45:55

Leipzig increased their chances of qualifying to the Champions League next season by defeating Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0. Leipzig's chances of winning seemed slim before the match considering their form away from home and Gladbach's strong home field performances.

Leipzig came out flying--it was a full on blitzkrieg. In the 2nd minute Dayot Upamecano had a shot blocked. In the 6th minute Marcel Sabitzer forced Tobias Sippel to save his shot from outside the box. Sippel was forced into action again in the 15th minute after a right footed shot from Bruma after a pass by Kevin Kampl.

A corner in the 22nd minute led to Leipzig's best opportunity at this point of the game. Sabitzer, however, headed high from the cross by Kevin Kampl.

Five minutes later it was Sabitzer again with another chance to open the scoring. A set piece play led to a shot by the Austrian, which went high and wide.

Sabitzer assisted Timo Werner in the 33rd minute but the German also missed the target--his shot sailing high and wide to the right.

Gladbach had an opportunity to take the lead right before the half, but Lars Stindl's shot barely went just wide following a cross by Cristoph Kramer.

The Leipzig onslaught continued after the break with the RedBull team enjoying opportunities in the 46th and 48th minutes through Naby Keita and Timo Werner, respectively. However, both missed. Leipzig's finishing was off tonight.

Acquired on loan on deadline day, Englishman Ademola Lookman came on in the 78th minute for Leipzig. The manager's faith in the youngster would pay off.

In the 89th minute, when it seemed that the game would end 0-0, it was Lookman who coolly finished a shot from the right side of the box into the bottom left corner. Leipzig held on to take all three points from a direct rival fighting for the Champions League qualification spots.

Leipzig now sit in third place, tied on points with Bayer Leverkusen. Gladbach are seventh only four points away. This will be an interesting second half to the Bundesliga, with six teams fighting for three Champions League qualification positions that are up for grabs.

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