KO: 2021/01/19 23:00 IST
It was heartbreak for Borussia Mönchengladbach last time out, who led twice at Stuttgart before dropping two points courtesy of a 96th-minute penalty. That draw means Gladbach begin this round outside the top six, although manager Marco Rose can still boast the best win-rate (52%) of any Gladbach manager with 50+ league games under their belt (W26, D12, L12).
Despite the fact Gladbach have kept just one clean sheet at home this Bundesliga season, they have proven difficult to beat (W3, D4, L1). Notably, half of their home league games have ended 1-1, three of which saw ‘Die Fohlen’ score first. Consequently, Gladbach have dropped more points from leading HT positions at home (W1, D1, L1) than all but two sides.
With their 2-0 victory at the weekend, Werder Bremen have already achieved four more points than they did after 16 rounds last season, and consequently sit in the safety of mid-table. However, manager Florian Kohfeldt is yet to beat Gladbach after five attempts (D3, L2), although four did see both teams score.
Much like Gladbach at home, Bremen have kept just one clean sheet on their Bundesliga travels, but are no pushovers themselves, as seen by the fact 75% of their away league games have witnessed both teams score. In fact, Bremen have scored the opener in six of their eight Bundesliga away outings, but are rarely good value for a lead (W2, D3, L1 when scoring first).
Prediction: OVER 1.5 goals.