Sandhausen vs Borussia Monchengladbach for the German DFB Pokal cup match on Friday at Hardtwald Stadium.
Sandhausen hosts Borussia Monchengladbach, who will play the UEFA Europa League, in DFB Pokal’s first round on Friday, and after the slow start of the season in the German second tier, it will not be an easy match for the home team.
Sandhausen have scored just one point in their first two games and are not in the best form in terms of injuries either. After all, the home advantage and the fact that they already started their league could work in their favour.
Borussia Monchengladbach, meanwhile, had changed hands since fifth place last season. Former Red Bull Salzburg coach Marco Rose, who was also interested in TSG Hoffenheim, replaced Dieter Hecking.
As a former Bundesliga player, he knows what German football is and has said he will model his team around the same offensive style of play that he implemented in Austria. Their last preseason friendly, a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, is proof of that.
Rose will have taken some useful tips from this game and, after Sandhausen’s slow start to the 19/20 campaign, it is reasonable to expect them to be the only ones to attack in this game. Last year’s Cup result was halted after a draw at home with Bayer Leverkusen in the second round, but their first-round led them to beat BSC Hastedt 11-1.
Going into this game under the attack mentality of their new boss, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw something similar. Gladbach has shown in preseason that they score many goals, averaging three goals per game, but this often comes at the expense of their defence.
Also, Gladbach has failed to keep a clean record in three of their last four away matches at DFB Pokal, in all of their wins.
That said, I believe they will win and perhaps by a margin of more than 1 goal.
Bet: 2 -0.75AH