- Early Bundesliga Surprises
- Union Berlin Offensive Over Production
- Mönchengladbach Defensive Struggles
- Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Head-to-Head
- Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Match Information
- Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Betting Lines
- Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Prediction
- Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Match Detail
Early Bundesliga Surprises
By the end of this weekend, a third of the Bundesliga season will be over, and it sure has been an exciting start. Union Berlin sits in first place heading into Round 12, just a point above Bayern Munich, who has won the league for the past 10 straight seasons.
Mönchengladbach, who is ninth right now, has played well and is a win away from a top-six placement in a crowded top half of the table.
Union Berlin Offensive Over Production
Sitting at the top of the table is no small feat for a Union Berlin team that was in the second division of German soccer less than five years ago. This is a surprising and meteoric rise by a seemingly small club that has pushed its way into competing in European tournaments on a regular basis.
This season’s success can be attributed to the striker duo up front in Sheraldo Becker and Jordan Pefok. They have combined for nine goals and seven assists, as Union Berlin is averaging 1.7 goals per game, scoring 19.
However, the team is technically way overperforming its expected scoring chances. Union Berlin’s expected goals for this season was just 11, the third lowest in the Bundesliga. Eventually, these numbers tend to even out, which could lead to fewer goals scored later on.
If the actual scoring numbers do dip, the good thing is that Union Berlin’s defense is more than equipt to win close games. They are tied for the league’s fewest goals allowed, eight, while also tied for the second most clean sheets, five. Also, they have only allowed two goals over their last five games in all competitions.
Mönchengladbach Defensive Struggles
Scoring goals for Mönchengladbach has not been a problem. They have been one of the most efficient Bundesliga teams in attack but find themselves in the middle of the table.
The defense has been their Achilles heel. While it has only allowed 1.5 goals per game, eighth in the league, they have not held a clean sheet in the last five matches over all competitions. That includes a 5-1 loss to Werder Bremen while allowing nine more goals in the other four games. The offense has managed to succeed, scoring 10 goals during Mönchengladbach’s recent 1-1-3 stretch.
Striker Marcus Thuram has looked fantastic, tied for the lead in goals with eight in the league. Alassane Pléa has been the prime creator for the scoring chances, tied in second for most assists. They have the third-highest expected goals per game with 19, which they have matched, making them one of the most clinical teams.
Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Head-to-Head
These two sides have only met in the Bundesliga six times, with Union Berlin winning three matches. They won both games last season 2-1 over Mönchengladbach, whose only win was in 2020, 4-1 at home.
Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Match Information
- Date: Sunday, October 30th
- Time: 10:30 a.m. EST
- Location: Stadion An der Alten Försterei, Berlin, Germany
- Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Live stream: fubo.tv
Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Betting Lines
Union Berlin vs Mönchengladbach Prediction
Union Berlin has been in good form recently and has looked the part of one of the best teams in the Bundesliga. Even though their creative offensive stats don’t match the actual scoring production, soccer is not played on paper, and Union Berlin has been finding ways to score.
Mönchengladbach’s defense has struggled, which is an advantage for Union Berlin, who can capitalize on that with their duo up top. Union Berlin has been great at home, while Mönchengladbach has struggled away.
Score Prediction: Union Berlin 2, Mönchengladbach 1