Borussia Monchengladbach host Stuttgart in alopsided clash between third and 15th. The match will be played at Borussia-Park, with the home team lookingto extend their great start to the season. Monchengladbach, who arehaving their best start to a Bundesliga season in 6 seasons, have collected 26 points from 13 games. They lie 10 points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund, albeit with a game in hand.
Stuttgart have struggled to string results together, and have only garnered 3 wins out of 13 league games. They have been beaten 8 times, and have collected 11 points in total. Stuttgart are only two points above bottom placed Fortuna, and may be dead last next weekend if results do not go their way. They have recently stirred from the slump, with six points from their last three leaguegames. Even though they bagged a late winner against a similarly poorly performing Augsburg side, they face a run of difficult fixtures that might consolidate their relegation position further.
The clash features the third best attack versus the fourth worst defence. Monchengladbach has notched 30 goals in the league and conceding 16 goals. Only high flying Dortmund have a better goal difference than this season’s surprise outfit. On the other hand, Stuttgart have fared rather badly. They have scored the league lowest tally, with a mere 9 goals. They have also conceeded 26 goals in their games, and have the third worst goal difference in the division.
Stuttgart will have to overcome their travel worries to get a positive outcome at Borussia-Park. They have won only one away game from the 7 they have played. If resultsin away games against RB Leizpig, Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffeheim are anything to go by, they will struggle to break down a tough Monchengladbach side. They won against Ausburg and managed a draw against Nurnberg, while keeping clean sheets in both games. However, none of the sides has had the quality of the in-form Monchengladbach side in attack.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Stuttgart TIP: HOME WIN
Monchengladbach have scored at least three goals in their last four home games. They are scoring for fun at Borussia Park, with Thorgan Hazard and summer signing Alassane Plea combining for 16 goals so far. However, they are facing a high amount of shots, with their goalkeeper Yann Sommer having made the most number of saves. 83% of Monchengladbach’s home games across all competitions this season have featured at least 3 goals.
Stuttgart will not be fazed by a Monchengladbach side that has only kept a clean sheet in one third of all their games. The last tie between the sides ended in a 1-0 win for Stuttgart, who defied Monchengladbach’s eight game streak against them. Both sides will lack the services of squad players such as Jonas Hoffman and Borna Sosa, who are sidelined with injury, but have enough quality for a great game on Sunday.