Having almost been relegated a year ago, Die Fohlen are now on the brink of Champions League football. However, Al Hain-Cole expects them to endure a frustrating game this eveningJust over a year after narrowly defeating Bochum in a relegation play-off to secure their Bundesliga survival, Borussia Monchengladbach face Dynamo Kiev in another two-legged tie. This time, however, the prize at stake is a place in this year's Champions League.
Gladbach's turnaround under the guidance of Lucien Favre is quite astounding, as the Swiss boss has taken his side from the brink of relegation to the brink of Europe's elite competition in little over 12 months.
The foundation for this success is an impressive home record, as Die Fohlen lost only once at Borussia-Park all last season on their way to finishing in fourth place.
Considering Dynamo's traditionally shaky away record in European competition, it is no surprise to see the Germans as favourites at 28/25 (2.12) with Panbet to win here this evening.
Ukraine's most successful side actually secured an impressive 1-0 away win over Feyenoord in the previous qualifying round, but are outsiders at 14/5 (3.80) to come out on top in this match.
Including friendly matches, Monchengladbach have drawn six of their last eight on home soil, and you can get odds of 49/20 (3.45) on another stalemate taking place today.
Favre's team won many admirers last season thanks to their fluid attacking football, but the loss of the influential Marco Reus to Borussia Dortmund is a major blow.
Without his guile, they may struggle to break down a Kiev side that likes to keep things tight away from home.
A solitary goal has been scored in each of the Bilo-Syni's last six competitive games on the road, so backing under 2.5 goals to go in tonight must be a safe bet, at odds of 21/25 (1.84).
With the Ukrainian league well underway, Dynamo should benefit from the same superior level of match fitness that helped them snatch a late winner against Feyenoord.
Yuri Syomin's men will always keep fighting right to the death, and have grabbed injury time goals in four of their last eight matches.
With this in mind, backing a goal to be scored in injury time of either half must be worth a small outlay tonight, at inviting 22/5 (5.40) odds.
|Under 2.5 goals at 21/25 (1.84) with Panbet
||Injury time goal (either half) at 22/5 (5.40) with Panbet|
Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.
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