Preview - Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Wolfsburg 23 February 19

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Match Day 23
Borussia Mönchengladbach  vs. Wolfsburg
Saturday, February 23rd 2019
22:30pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Borussia-Park

Borussia Mönchengladbach: 
Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.91
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa (10)

Last five matches form: L L W D W
Average goals per match: 1.59
Average goals against per match: 1.36
Top Scorer: Wout Weghorst (9)

It's third versus sixth this week in the Bundesliga as Borussia Mönchengladbach welcome Wolfsburg to their Borussia-Park home. There's eight points between the sides at present, but Wolfsburg won't have given up on the dream of Champion's League football just yet and could close in just a little if they are able to pick up a win in this one.

There was nothing to split the sides in their first encounter this season, with the game in Wolfsburg ending in a 2-2 draw. Gladbach were well on top in this game last season though, coming away with a 3-0 win.

Raffael and Mamadou Doucouré miss out for the home side. Wolfsburg must do without Ignacio Camacho, Daniel Ginczek and Ismail Azzaoui.

Gladbach had been simply magnificent at home this season, winning their opening nine fixtures, with six clean sheets and two or more goals in every game. That run came to a juddering halt last time out here though when they surprisingly slumped to a 3-0 defeat at home to Hertha BSC

Wolfsburg have the third best away record in the Bundesliga - winning six of eleven to date. Things are going well from an attacking perspective with three goals in each of their last two games. They did look a little suspect at the back in a 3-3 draw at Freiburg though and won't be able to afford such complacency here.

Wolfsburg are no mugs, but this remains one of the toughest places to come in the Bundesliga and we will take the hosts to return to winning ways in front of their own fans.

Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 - 1 Wolfsburg


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 3
Shots:  16 - 6
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 12 - 1
Possession: 58% - 42%

Florian Neuhaus and Lars Stindl were booked for the home side, with referee Robert Kampka also taking the name of Josip Brekalo of Wolfsburg.

This was a fairly lopsided game on the stats - in favour of the home side. In the end though they couldn't find a way through and ended up on the wrong end of a pretty heavy defeat as Wolfsburg executed a textbook smash and grab.

Gladbach were making all of the early running, with Olivier Neuhaus going close when sending a well-controlled volley from the edge of the area against the crossbar. Shortly after that Robin Knoche got back to clear from almost on his line to deny what had looked to be a certain goal.

Seven minutes before the break and against the run of play, Wolfsburg took the lead. Jerome Roussillon found on the left and playing a low ball into the area. Yannick Gerhadt's effort was scuffed and into the ground, but still found the bottom right corner. 0-1 at the break.

The visitors doubled their advantage in the 68th minute. Woeful defending from the home side as they attempted to deal with a long ball forward but only allowed the ball to make it through to Admir Mehmedi around seven yards out. Mehmedi finishing into the bottom left.

Then seven minutes from time the result was put beyond any doubt. A dinked free kick from the right being nodded back across goal and Mehmedi nodding high and in. 0-3 final score.

No change in the standings for Borussia Mönchengladbach. They remain third despite this disappointing result. Wolfsburg move up to fifth, four points off fourth placed RB Leipzig.

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