Posted by AL (2017-03-04 14:34 CET)
Two teams will play each other again in Europa League next midweek, will be one of the most importance game for them this season, but in this game, I see the better form and motivation on home side.
After disaster start of the season, Gladbach is finally back to right rail under experience new coach Dieter Hecking, took 13 points from their recent 6 league games, 4 of them keep clear sheet, also strong progress in Europa League and Germany Cup, on fire midfield leader Lars Stindl scored 5 goals in recent 3 games. After the great fight back away win in Fiorentina last month, the atmosphere of whole team is excellent, everyone trust that they can win something achievement this season.
On the other side, Schalke is even more disappointed, 13th place on league table already nothing to fight for, Cup game become the only opportunity for them to save their season, in Germany Cup they are alreay lost in Bayern, next midweek Europa League game will be everything of them. Schalke attack line on poor form recently, only scored 3 goals in recent 4 games, all goals scored by right wingback Alessandro Schopf, all other attackers keep silence. Schalke also is the second worst away team in Bundesliga, only took 1 win in 10 away games, they are also lost 7 of recent 8 away games in Monchengladbach.
Moreover, Brazilian center back Naldo need to rest until the end of season also big hurt for Schalke 3 men defence formation under coach Markus Weinzierl, no matter Matija Nastasic or Holger Badstuber both seem to soft compare with Naldo.
A solid home win is my call. GL to all!
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