Borussia Mönchengladbach go into Friday night’s big match as 11/10 favourites and rightly so. Die Fohlen are unbeaten in 14 Bundesliga home games against SC Freiburg (W9, D5). It’s their longest ongoing run without losing at home against any current top-flight side.
Who will win? Our prediction is for a fiercely contested 2-1 win in favour of Borussia, but we recommend the full list of the best bet offers here.
Belgium international Hazard has failed to score in 2019, but will be sure of a starting spot against Freiburg.
So avoid Goal-scorer markets? Hazard has not scored since Matchday 16, while Gladbach top scorer Alassane Plea is without a goal since Matchday 18.
Back in the game After four Bundesliga games without a win (D1, L3), Gladbach got back on track with a 1-0 victory away at Mainz 05 last time out, bringing an end to their joint-longest winless run in the top flight under Dieter Hecking.
Credible form The visitors ought not to be underestimated. SC Freiburg have lost just one of their last six Bundesliga games (W2, D3) – a 2-0 away defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on match-day 24.
Borussia Mönchengladbach injuries: Kath (groin), Kleindienst (knee), Koch (knee), Sallai (groin)
SC Freiburg injuries Beyer (ankle), Traore (groin)
With 30 points to their name, Freiburg already have an 11-point cushion to the relegation play-off spot. No BL side has ever blown as big a lead over 16th place this late in the season since the three-points-per-win rule was introduced.
Locking Horns SC Freiburg have already scored 15 goals from set pieces – a joint-league high together with Augsburg.
However, opponents Gladbach have conceded just six goals from dead balls – a joint-league low together with Bayern and Leipzig.
Perfect Strangers Freiburg coach Christian Streich hasn’t faced a fellow Bundesliga coach as often as he has Dieter Hecking (11 times). Streich has a negative head-to-head record against him (W3, D2, L6).
SC Freiburg have only recorded more Bundesliga wins versus Schalke (14) than they have against Gladbach (12, same as vs. Frankfurt). SCF have scored 48 goals against Gladbach (same as vs. Bremen) – they haven’t netted more against any other Bundesliga team.
Gladbach: Sommer – Johnson, Jantschke, Elvedi, Wendt – Zakaria, Strobl, Hofmann – Hazard, Stindl (c), Plea
Freiburg: Schwolow – Stenzel, Lienhart, Heintz, Günter – Frantz (c), Abrashi – Haberer, Waldschmidt, Grifo – Petersen