BUNDESLIGA fanatic Jonny O'Sullivan (@libero_the) oversees Tuesday's showdown between Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg.
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Wolfsburg| Tuesday 16th June 2020, 17:30 | BT Sport
Wolfsburg head into this match after picking up just a point at home to Freiburg, which may not appear to be the best result in the world. However, looks may be deceiving.
Wolfsburg absolutely slaughtered their visitors in the first half and could easily have scored at least five goals in the opening 45 minutes. If it wasn’t for poor finishing and bad luck, then the Wolves would have put together one of their best results of the season. They also conceded two goals at the worst possible time; just before and after the interval.
Twenty-two shots were not enough to get all three points and Wolfsburg now face a side who were title challengers a few weeks back. But Gladbach are a depleted group of late, who have shown no consistency since the restart of the league, collecting two wins, three losses and a draw.
The hosts are now also without Marcus Thuram, Ramy Bensabaini and Dennis Zakaria for this fixture. This, along with Breel Embolo still being not 100% fit, results in a Gladbach side who are lacking in confidence against a buoyant Wolfsburg in an empty stadium.
Wolfsburg may need to be more clinical in front of goal. They have had 40 shots in their last two matches and only managed to score twice. However, this shows an ability to create chances against a Gladbach defence who seemed eager to give a sluggish Bayern as much of a chance as they possibly could at the weekend.
Wolfsburg have won six out their last seven matches and some of those performances have been spectacular. The 4-1 win against a side who are similar to Gladbach (Leverkusen), shows that they are more than capable of making a stink at Borussia Park and perhaps make Champions League football just a pipe dream for the home side.
Wolfsburg themselves have European football ambitions and a positive result on Tuesday would put them in a superb position with just a couple of games left of the season.
Alassane Plea will return for Gladbach but he is very much part of a package deal up front with Thuram. The powerful Frenchman's absence will be a sore miss as his likely replacement, Embolo, although a massive talent, does not have the same form or momentum at this moment.
Home advantage is clearly not as strong as it was in this new world we live in. Teams head to foreign turf with a stronger desire to win and this may be evident in this exciting midweek clash.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Wolfsburg – Wolfsburg Draw No Bet (11/8 SkyBet)