Borussia Monchengladbach take on the visitors Bayer Leverkusen in the round 2 match of German Bundesliga. The match will be played on Saturday, August 26th at Borussia-Park (Monchengladbach).
Borussia from Gladbach in recent years are nothing more than a mid-tier team in the Bundesliga. Even on their own field, it will be very challenging for the Foals to overcome the powerful Bayer team. They led 2-0, 3-1, but ultimately found themselves trailing during the match and only escaped defeat in the seventh minute of added time by the referee. Yes, they scored four goals, but it's one thing to score against Augsburg, a team that season after season fights for survival in the league, and quite another to face Bayer. As for the defensive issues of the Foals, their opponent already vividly demonstrated those in the first round. Of course, Borussia can score, but winning is unlikely.
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Last season, Bayer finished in the sixth position in the Bundesliga, which clearly doesn't match the ambitions of this team. In terms of the overall squad value in Germany, Leverkusen are only surpassed by Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Under Haby Alonso's leadership, they've built a highly competitive team that should contend for medals and a place in the Champions League zone. They had a strong start to the new season, prevailing over strong Leipzig (3-2). They won their last two summer friendly matches against Marseille (2-1) and West Ham (4-0). In the cup, they practiced against modest Teutonia Ottenzen, defeating them with an impressive 8-0 score.
Even in an away match against Borussia from Gladbach, Leverkusen players are considered favorites for a reason. While there might not be absolute certainty in the victory of the guests, I don't believe in Bayer's defeat either. The Foals have historically been a comfortable opponent for the Pharmacists. In the past seven head-to-head matches, Leverkusen have remained undefeated against Borussia (five wins + two draws). In six out of these seven matches, the Over 2.5 goals market was successful. So, now we're expecting an exciting match with at least three accurate shots. The bet is X2 + Over 2.5 goals.
Prediction for the match: Bayer Leverkusen not to lose and Over 2.5 scored goals.