The break in play probably came at a good time for Frankfurt as their last seven games across all competitions saw them concede 16 times as they lost on four occasions, including all three in the Bundesliga.
The only exceptions came in the DFB-Pokal when hosting struggling outfit Werder Bremen, who are second from bottom in the league table, as well as twice against Salzburg in Europe, who were significantly weakened by the January sales of Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino to Dortmund and Liverpool respectively.
Of course, Frankfurt suffered up front from their own departures last summer as Ante Rebic, Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic all left for pastures new.
Replacing that trio was always going to be a tough ask as they bagged a combined 57 goals across all tournaments last season, so it’s hardly been a surprise that Die Adler have failed to build upon top-half finishes in each of the past two campaigns this time around.
Despite it being Frankfurt’s away form that has been diabolical, with the seven points they’ve picked up on their travels the lowest in the division, we can see why they’re not favourites here even on home turf.
Indeed, they’ve lost two of the past three winless head-to-heads with Gladbach, while their visitors are flying high in fourth place as each of their four defeats on the road this term have come versus teams above Frankfurt in the table.
Gladbach To Beat Frankfurt
Frankfurt’s record up against the better teams hardly encourages us to get behind them either, losing five of their last six encounters with the current top eight sides in the division.
Meanwhile, despite finishing as high as seventh last term, they proved to be flat-track bullies more than anything else, with just the solitary victory over any of the other teams to finish amongst the top eight.
While Dortmund are the only side to take a lead into the break against Gladbach in their last 13 appearances, the Foals did struggle to get going themselves as they were level at this point in nine of these, including five of six road trips.
Six of the 13 matches in total saw them produce Draw/Win outcomes in the half-time/full-time market, while they’ve been level after the opening 45 in six of their last seven victories now.