Gladbach vs Basaksehir: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, December 9, 2019 7:04 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 7:04 PM UTC

This looks like a home win...
<div><div><div><div id=":sb"><div id=":sa"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Borussia Monchengladbach vs Istanbul Basaksehir</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday, December 12, at Borussia-Park</strong></a></p><p>Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach should be full of confidence as they prepare to host Turkish outfit Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday. Marco Rose’s men picked up a superb, smash-and-grab 2-1 victory over champions Bayern Munich at the weekend. They had just 37% of the possession, but they broke with pace and purpose and scored two of their three shots on goal. It saw them maintain a one-point lead over RB Leipzig, while they are now seven clear of Bayern. Istanbul Basaksehir are only four points off the pace in the Turkish Super Lig, but they may struggle to match Gladbach in terms of quality on Thursday.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>There is a very strong spine to this Gladbach side. Yann Sommer is a top goalkeeper centre-backs Matthias Ginter and Nico Elvedi are excellent defenders, and Denis Zakaria provides a solid screen in front of them. Gladbach play a diamond midfield, with captain Lars Stindl at the point of it, and Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram up front and Breel Embolo providing a great option off the bench. They are not quite as strong in wide areas, but they are difficult to break down and dangerous going forward.</p><p><a href=";a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>Premier League fans will recognise Demba Ba leading the line for Istanbul Basaksehir. The former Newcastle and Chelsea forward has always been dangerous in front of goal, but he has only found the back of the net once in eight league games so far this season. Their star player is Bosnian winger Edin Visca, who scored in a 1-1 draw with Denizlispor on Sunday. Centre-forward Frederik Gulbrandsen is injured, but Enzo Crivelli provides another option in attack.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>It is hard to look past a home win in this game. It finished 1-1 when these teams met in Istanbul, but Gladbach should get the job done in Germany. They lead Group J with eight points, but Roma and Istanbul Basaksehir are just one point behind them, with seven apiece, so they cannot afford any slip-ups. They have a very strong record at Borussia-Park over the past couple of years, and they have won back-to-back home games against dangerous opposition ahead of this clash.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Borussia Monchengladbach -1 Asian handicap at 1.75 (3/4) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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