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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Fiorentina predictions ahead of this Europa League first leg clash on Thursday night. Can either of these two outsiders for the trophy make it through? Read on for our match preview and free betting tips.

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Borussia Monchengladbach were unable to topple Barcelona and Manchester City, but can they take their second chance at European success this term? They dropped in to the Europa League, which is make or break for both Gladbach and their opponents, Fiorentina. The hosts are currently 10th in the Bundesliga, while la Viola are 8th in Serie A ahead of this clash. Neither are going to make the Champions League or manage anything of note domestically, but could they achieve European success?

While both sides have decent European reputations, neither are really fancied to win this competition. Fiorentina are 20/1 with bet365 to win the trophy, while Gladbach are 25/1 outsiders. Despite not being backed to take the silverware, these two can make quite an impression on Thursday night. La Viola are an open, attacking side, especially away from home. They’ve scored 54% of their league goals on their travels, conceding 67% of their goals on the road.

Fiorentina average 1.83 goals per game in their Serie A away matches, scoring in 83% of those trips. Their strong record in front of goal carried in to their European encounters, they’ve scored two or more goals in five of their six Europa League group stage games. That should be a threat against a side who conceded 12 goals in their Champions League group matches.

Despite their struggles at the back, Gladbach did score in all of their home matches in the Champions League. They’ve scored in 80% of their home Bundesliga outings, which includes their last five at Borussia-Park. They do score the majority of their goals at this ground, with 68% of their goals coming at home.

The German side have a pretty strong record in the Europa League, scoring two or more goals in five of their last six games in this competition. They’ve also scored at least twice in all but one of their last nine home Europa League matches. Meanwhile, Fiorentina have conceded in 75% of their away league outings. Given their poor defensive records, we’re backing both teams to find the net here. We’re backing both teams to score at 3/4 with bet365. We’re also going with a 2-1 victory for Gladbach, which is priced at 15/2 with bet365.

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Article by: Aaron R
Twitter: @aaron_rogan
Published: February 15, 2017

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