Kaiserslautern continue to sink down the Bundesliga standings as they are unable to end their winless run, and the game against high-flying Borussia could prove to be too big a task for the hosts. Die Fohlen are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and they have got to be considered favourites in this clash after the 3-0 victory over title rivals Schalke.
Kaiserslautern in problems
Kaiserslautern largely impressed last season, finishing the Bundesliga campaign in 7th place, but everybody could see that FCK don’t have enough quality for another top half finish. Having failed to find proper replacement for Ivo Ilicevic and Srdjan Lakic, who left the club in the summer, the Red Devils started the season in poor fashion and despite showing some improvement midway through the season, they soon returned to the relegation zone. The players are now completely out of confidence after the 12-match winless run and they look unable to return to the right track. Scoring goals remains the biggest problem as Kaiserslautern have scored by far the least amount of goals in the elite division, just 15 in 21 games, and the attacking problems look likely to continue against the best defence in the Bundesliga. Unless FCK shows a massive improvement they will be powerless to resists one of the best sides in the top flight.
Boss Marco Kurz has no fresh injury worries, but Dorge Kouemaha continues to miss out. New signing Ariel Borysiuk returns from suspension.
What a journey for Borussia!
When Lucien Favre took over the reigns at Borussia on Valentine’s Day last year, the team from Moenchengladbach were sitting at the bottom of Bundesliga standings, well clear of safety and were heavily tipped to be relegated to the second division. However, the Swiss coach not only saved die Fohlen from relegation, but he rallied his troupes and transformed them into genuine title contenders. What is even more impressive is that he has done so without any notable signings. The mere fact Borussia now sit just three points behind leaders Dortmund, and that they have beaten a side like Bayern Munich both times this season speaks volumes about Lucien Favre’s side. The 3-0 win over Schalke proved that Borussia have no problems coping with the pressure of expectations and they, therefore, have got to be considered favourites in the clash with hopeless Kaiserslautern.
Lucien Favre has absolutely no injury worries, meaning that die Fohlen are set to line up in 4-2-3-1 formation, with Hermann, Reus and Arango playing behind Mike Hanke.
I was really surprised to see such high odds on Borussia seeing that the two sides are light years apart at the moment. While Kaiserslautern cannot seem to beat even the weakest sides in Bundesliga, Borussia continue to dominate even the most strongest ones, so Borussia Draw No Bet looks like a banker here.
Our prediction: Borussia Draw No Bet
Odds: 1.62 (5/8)