This weekend, the only major sporting event in the world is the Bundesliga. On Saturday, there are five games on the program, probably the most interesting of which is the Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen game. Both teams are flying very high at the moment, promising a very entertaining duel.
- Date: Saturday, May 23
- Time: 9:30 a. m. (Eastern Time)
- Place: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen Odds
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*Odds by BetOnline.ag
Cardboard Cutout Fans in the Stands
Borussia Monchengladbach is famous as a team that relies on home support. This team’s home venue, Borussia-Park is one of the most visited stadiums in Europe, with an average occupancy rate of over 95%.
With the help of their fans, this team won 29 points in 13 home games before Bundesliga went on the COVID-19 hiatus. That’s the same number of points as Bayern Munich and only four fewer than Borussia Dortmund, the best home side in Germany.
Thanks to the points won at home, Borussia Monchengladbach is now flying really high in the Bundesliga. The trouble is that there aren’t going to be any spectators in the stands this time. To deal with the situation, the club decided to install cardboard cutouts of the fans.
There should be more than 12,000 fake fans in the stadium on Saturday afternoon, which accounts for approximately one-quarter of Borussia-Park’s capacity.
The Company’s Eleven Eyeing Champions League
Even with real fans in the stands, Borussia Monchengladbach would not have an easy job against Bayer Leverkusen. Ahead of their clash on Saturday, the team from Monchengladbach is in third place, with two points more than Bayer.
What this means is that with a win, the ‘Company’s Eleven’ could get to a place that leads to the Champions League. The big question is can Bayer Leverkusen do such a thing?
They definitely have the player quality for such a feat. According to Transfermarkt, the value of Bayer’s squad is almost two times higher than of Borussia Monchengladbach.
The most expensive player from the Bayer Leverkusen squad is Kai Havertz, whose estimated market value is almost $90M.
In comparison, Borussia Monchengladbach’s most expensive player, Denis Zakaria, is valued at $39.5M. Speaking of Zakaria, the Swiss midfielder will miss Saturday’s game due to an injury, which is a big blow for his team.
He was out in the game against Eintracht Frankfurt as well, which his team won 3:1. However, Borussia Monchengladbach did struggle with possession in that game, which could be explained by the absence of their key midfielder.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen Prediction
With no fans to rally them up, Borussia Monchengladbach will have to rely on the individual quality of their players.
The problem is that Bayer Leverkusen seems to have more talent in the squad, with Havertz being in a brilliant form. The playmaker scored two goals last weekend and will probably be a dominating figure once again.
Another thing going in the favor of the visiting team is that their most prolific goal-scorer Kevin Volland might return. He’s been out for a long time due to an ankle injury, but could make his return in this game as one of the five substitutes.
Pick: Bayer Leverkusen (+171)