Monchengladbach v Eintracht Frankfurt Betting Tips: Visitors too big in the betting

15:58, 08 sep 2017
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Following what was ultimately a poor season last term, Gladbach will be hoping that, with Dieter Hecking having now had several months to work with the squad, they can kick forward this time around and return to the top four. The start made, with four points from their opening two matches, is by no means poor, although, even though it’s still early days, some visible deficiencies remain.

On paper, Frankfurt haven’t made the best start to the new campaign, though their performances have actually been better than the bare results suggest. A 0-0 draw, in which they commanded proceedings, away to Freiburg on the opening day was far from a disaster, while they also played well against Wolfsburg last time out, despite losing 1-0 in front of a home crowd. Even though they have played pretty well, their results, alongside the fact that Niko Kovač’s men have so far failed to score this season, has lead to them being somewhat undervalued in the betting ahead of this match. At 7/2, there will no doubt be a few shrewd punters getting behind the visitors to win and it would be hard to argue at the prices, though, at 9/4, ‘Frankfurt Draw No Bet’ appears to the best option, while ‘Frankfurt to Score Over 1.5 Goals’, at odds of 5/2, is also hard to resist.

Scoring goals was indeed a problem for this Frankfurt side last season and, given the numerical start made this term, it would be easy to assume that such problems are still there. However, that really isn’t the case. Based on the number of chances that Niko Kovač’s team have created so far this season – hit the woodwork three times and have failed to convert other big opportunities – it’s very surprising that they’re yet to find the net. Nevertheless, they have looked to attack with purpose and, crucially, they’re creating chances. They’re without a league goal as things stand, but the manner of their attacking performances suggests that it won’t be long before goals arrive. What’s more, Saturday’s visitors now have the personnel to score goals, unlike last season. Both Sebastien Haller, who has already rattled the goal-frame twice this season, and the mercurial Kevin Prince Boateng are positive additions and it shouldn’t be long before both are finding the net on a regular basis.

The final third isn’t the only area of the pitch where Frankfurt have created a good impression so far this season. Niko Kovač’s men have also looked strong defensively and should fancy their chances of faring well in this respect here. They’ve conceded just one goal but, more importantly, they’ve conceded very few chances. After two matches, no team in the Bundesliga has conceded less shots than Frankfurt. While such a stat isn’t massively telling at this early stage of the season, it’s still worth noting.

Not only have Frankfurt’s attacking performances suggested that goals for the visitors could be likely here, but the manner in which Gladbach have defended also catches the eye. Unfortunately, as far the hosts are concerned, it’s for all the wrong reasons. It’s well known that Gladbach are a side who like to get forward and play attacking football; their success in recent years has been largely built on their ability to score goals, but they often pay the price defensively for such tactics and that could quite easily be the case in this match. So far this season, only one team in the Bundesliga has conceded more shots at goal than Gladbach and, as we saw last time out, they’re not the most adept at keeping them out. Quite frankly, if you allow the opposition chances, you’re going to pay the price sooner or later.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash at Borussia Park, punters are urged to look beyond the bare results and get behind a visiting side whose decent attacking football can finally pay off against a side who struggle to keep teams at bay.

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