Two clubs in contrasting form meet on Friday evening (19:30), as Borussia Monchengladbach host Wolfsburg at Borussia-Park.
After failing to win any of their first five Bundesliga games, the home side have turned things around to win two of their last five in the competition.
Wolfsburg, on the other hand, won four of the first six, but have only won once in their last four. A reverse in recent fortunes mean they are now just three points ahead of their opponents on Friday, who can leapfrog them with a two-goal victory.
Veteran defender Tony Jantschke has returned to training after recovering from muscle problems, while on-loan Leeds United defender Max Wober completed an individual session earlier this week.
Lukas Ulrich (shoulder), Ko Itakura (ankle) and Hannes Wolf (knee) were all absent due to injury, though Manu Kone is available for selection again after serving his ban for a red card.
Wolfsburg defender Maxence Lacroix is serving a suspension of his own this weekend, following his red card against Werder Bremen last time out.
Moritz Lenz is still ill to leave them short in the centre of defence, but there is good news in goal with Koen Casteels set to return after four games out.
Rogerio is also available to start after being named on the bench last weekend, following a month out of action.
Monchengladbach are rated favourites for this clash at 11/8, while Wolfsburg are priced at 9/5 for a first win at Borussia-Park since February 2019. The draw can be backed at 13/5.
Monchengladbach corner handicap (-2) @ 7/4
Games between Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg have been full of corners recently, with four of the last five producing over 10.5.
That market can be backed at EVS, but for extra value, this corner handicap on the home side may be worth a look.
Only Bayern Munich have won more corners than Monchengladbach in this season’s Bundesliga, while only four clubs can count fewer won than Wolfsburg.
A lot will depend on the nature of the game, but at home, and considering the contrasting form of the sides, Monchengladbach should be attacking from the off, and could rack up an early lead on corners.
Booking points over 42.5 @ 5/6
This fixture has produced plenty of cards of the years, with this bet winning in five of the last eight.
The sides are two of 10 to have received a red card in the Bundesliga this season, and Wolfsburg are ranked fifth for ill-discipline courtesy of a further 25 yellow cards.
This bet has also won in their last four games across all competitions.
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