Preview - Borussia Mönchengladbach vs RasenBallsport Leipzig 21 April 19

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Match Day 30
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. RasenBallsport Leipzig
Sunday, April 21st 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)

Borussia Mönchengladbach: 
Last five matches form: W D L D W
Average goals per match: 1.66
Average goals against per match: 1.21
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa (11)

RasenBallsport Leipzig:
Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.90
Average goals against per match: 0.76
Top Scorer: Yussuf Poulsen (15)

It's a big one at BORUSSIA-PARK on Match Day 30 in the Bundesliga as fifth placed Borussia Mönchengladbach play host to third placed RasenBallsport Leipzig.

Just one point behind Eintracht Frankfurt - who don't play until later in the weekend - the home side could propel themselves up and into the Champion's League positions with a win in this one.

Seven points clear of Gladbach headed into the game, a win for Leipzig will all but secure their Champion's League qualification.

Leipzig have held the edge in this fixture of late; picking up a 2-0 win in the reverse game and coming out 1-0 on top in the game here last season.

Lars Stindl, Florian Mayer, Andreas Poulsen and Mamadou Doucouré will all be missing for the home side. Dayot Upamecano is the only confirmed absentee for Leipzig at this stage.

Gladbach's form has been tailing off of late, with just the two wins in their past nine in the league. That has been reflected in their fixtures at home where they have now failed to win any of their last five - having previously won 12 on the spin.

Leipzig in contrast are flying, and arrive here unbeaten in their last eleven in the league, including wins in each of their last six on the road.

Leipzig have the best defence in the division and have so much pace in the side that they are ideally suited to playing on the break away from home. Gladbach are struggling at present and this looks like going to the away side. Could be close though.

Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 2 RasenBallsport Leipzig


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  15 - 13
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 4
Possession: 61% - 39%

Two bookings at Borussia-Park, both for the away side, with referee Harm Osmers taking the names of Amadou Haidara and Yussuf Poulsen.

A very tight game this one with very little to choose between the sides on the stats. If anything, Gladbach just about edged this in terms of general play, putting in an improved performance compared to some of their recent efforts. Leipzig were effective though and never gave up their early lead despite coming under pressure late.

The opener arrived in the 17th minute. Patrick Herman lunging in on Marcel Halstenberg in the left of the area and the referee pointing to the spot. Halstenberg himself stepping up to fire into the bottom right. 0-1 at the break.

The visitors bought themselves a little breathing space when grabbing a second in the 53rd minute. Emil Forsberg slipping in Halstenberg in the left of the area and the forward taking a touch forward before firing into the bottom right corner from around seven yards out to the left of the six-yard box.

The home side then grabbed themselves a lifeline in the 61st minute. Florian Neuhaus playing in Alassane Plea on the left. The frontman racing into the box and finishing nicely with the outside of his right into the bottom right from just beyond the left corner of the six yard box.  No way back though. 1-2 final score.

Leipzig look all but secure in the race for Champion's League qualification. Still third and now ten points clear of fifth placed Gladbach with only four games to play, only a very strange turn of events would see them fail to make it now. Gladbach may be well adrift of Leipzig, but do remain only a point behind fourth placed Eintracht Frankfurt so won't have given up hope of a place at Europe's top table themselves.

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