Unbeaten in their last four games, Borussia Monchengladbach head into tomorrow’s relegation play-off on their best run of what has been a disappointing season so far.
Finishing the season in 16th place, third from bottom, the Foals must now prepare for a relegation play-off against the third-placed team from 2. Bundesliga, VfL Bochum.
Gladbach are favourites to win the first leg of the tie, with bwin.com offering odds of 67/100 on a home triumph.
But Bochum are no strangers to the top tier of German football, having never spent more than one season in succession in 2. Bundesliga.
Punters can back the underdogs to take a step towards relegating the five-times Bundesliga winners at 15/4, while the stalemate offers odds of 27/10.
A successful £10 bet on neither team coming away with the initiative returns £37.
Lucien Favre’s side could have avoided the play-off lottery altogether had Wolfsburg not come from behind to win 3-1 at Hoffenheim in the last game of the season and if they had managed to beat Hamburg.
A number of punters may be drawn towards the goal betting markets on offer at bwin.com and with five wins from their last five matches, it could be Bochum who attract the sensible money, despite being away from home.
Interestingly, statistics show that conceding late goals has contributed towards Gladbach’s disappointing season, something that Bochum head coach Friedhelm Funkel will surely be hoping to capitalise on.
It could also tempt Bundesliga betting fans to put some cash on Bochum to score the last goal of the game at 39/20. Alternatively, the odds of 5/2 on the away side scoring the first goal of the second half could yield results.
However, despite their league position, Bochum can hardly be described as prolific in front of goal this season and it has been their impressive defensive record that has ensured that they are now fighting for a place among the top teams.
With that in mind, a number of punters could back the Foals to win the game to 0 at 33/20.
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