Bayer Leverkusen were in really good shape before the winter break and could only hope that this continues after almost a month of inactivity. They will not have a very easy task in their return to action, as they will host Borussia Gladbach on Saturday. Borussia Gladbach have been really solid in the season overall but were struggling a bit before the break.
Date/Time: 1-19-2019, 09:30 EST
Spread: Borussia Gladbach +0.5
Total: 3 Goals
Bayer Leverkusen (7-7-3) hosted Hertha Berlin in their last match before the winter break and ended up winning by 1-3. They took an early lead and doubled that at the 23rd minute, and scored a third goal at the start of the second half for the final 1-3. That was their fourth win in their last five matches in all competitions, and they have lost just once in their last eight (5-1-2). Bayer Leverkusen are now sitting at the 9th spot of the league table with 24 points, three behind Frankfurt and the top-six. They have been mediocre at home so far in the season (4-3-1), where they also have two more wins and a draw in the Europa League. Five of their eight home matches have featured Over 2.5 Goals. Bayer Leverkusen will be missing Pohjanpalo in this match, while Sven Bender and Retsos are still questionable to participate.
On the other hand, Borussia Gladbach (10-4-3) entered the winter break after suffering a tough 1-2 loss on the road against Borussia Dortmund. They did temporarily pull even at the end of the first half but they didn’t deserve any points with that terrible performance. That loss put an end to their three-match undefeated streak (2-0-1) and it was just their second in their last eight (6-1-1). Borussia Gladbach are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the Bundesliga with 33 points, two ahead of RB Leipzig and three behind Bayern Munich. They have not been very solid on the road though (2-4-3), winning just one of their last five (1-3-1). They will come into this match without the injured Doucoure, while Bennetts, Johnson and Raffael are still being listed as questionable to participate.
Bayer Leverkusen destroyed Borussia Gladbach by a massive 5-0 on the road in a Cup match back in late October. But it was Borussia Gladbach who won by 0-2 at home when the two teams met for the Bundesliga earlier in the season. Even so, Bayer Leverkusen have been great lately, winning four of the last five.
Bayer Leverkusen have a knack for matches with a lot of goals, while Borussia Gladbach are so and so. I will take the Over 3 Goals here, hoping to avoid a rare and boring low-scoring match.
Bundesliga Bayer Leverkusen vs Borussia Gladbach Prediction: Over 3 Goals (-125)
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