Kaiserslautern vs Borussia Monchengladbach, KO: 19:45 Aug 9, 2021, Fritz-Walter-Stadion
Borussia Monchengladbach travel to the Fritz-Walter-Stadion to face Kaiserslautern in the first round of the German DFB Pokal. Monchengladbach will look to carry some momentum into their opening fixture in the new Bundesliga season and should have too much quality for the third-tier side.
Kaiserslautern have already begun their campaign in the Bundesliga 3 and head into Monday’s clash off the back of a 1-0 defeat over Meppen in their last fixture. They dominated the possession and created a number of chances but were wasteful in front of goal.
It has not been the best start to the Bundesliga 3 for Kaiserslautern, who are still seeking their first win after two matches. It might still be early days in the season but Marco Antewrpen’s men are already in the bottom half of the table and will welcome the distraction of the DFB Pokal.
Kaiserslautern’s struggles also stretch back to preseason having claimed just one win in their last four matches across all competitions.
Borussia Monchengladbach earned a 2-1 win over Dutch side Groningen in their final preseason fixture. Captain Lars Stindl opened the scoring while the second came through an own goal as they remained in control throughout despite conceding after the break.
With one eye on their Bundesliga opener against Bayern Munich, manager Adi Hutter will took to maintain their recent momentum. They have shown some good form in preseason and travel to Kaiserslautern off the back of three straight wins.
While Borussia Monchengladbach have impressed in preseason, they have however, conceded in six of their last eight matches across all competitions.
How the bookies view it
The bookies have Borussia Monchengladbach as overwhelming favourites with novibet offering 51/100 for a win. A victory for Kaiserslautern is valued at 6/1 by betfair while a draw is set at odds of 7/2 by bet365.
Kaiserslautern have struggled lately and given Borussia Monchengladbach’s recent good form, I am backing the Bundesliga side to claim the win.
Head to head
Borussia Monchengladbach have a 39-27 advantage with 17 draws from 83 previous matches against Kaiserslautern. They have also won three of the last four meetings, including a 3-1 victory in a friendly at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in 2015.
Players to watch
Despite their slow start to the season, forwards Daniel Hanslik and Elias Huth will be the ones to watch for Kaiserslautern having impressed last term. Betway has Hanslik at 14/5 to score anytime while also offering 14/5 on Huth in the same market.
Lars Stindl and Marcus Thuram were among the standout players for Borussia Monchengladbach last term and have already shown some of their quality in preseason. Stindl is priced at 23/20 to score anytime by betway, who are also offering 7/5 on Thuram in the same market.
Anything else catch the eye?
There have been goals for both teams in five of Borussia Monchengladbach's last seven matches and a similar outcome is valued at 4/5 with Sport Nation. The last meeting between both sides produced over 3.5 goals and betfair is offering 13/8 for a repeat while over 2.5 goals is set at odds of 5/8 with MansionBet.
Borussia Monchengladbach could also be backed to earn a win and over 2.5 goals at 21/20 with bet365 while they are also likely to win both halves at 37/13 with Red Zone.
This match between Kaiserslautern and Borussia Monchengladbach will be played on Aug 9, 2021 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Kaiserslautern vs Borussia Monchengladbach prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.