Following the return to action last weekend, the Bundesliga is back in full force, starting on Friday night with a mouth-watering Berlin derby.

However, we're looking ahead to Saturday with this weekend's 20/1 'Request A Bet' tip via Sky Bet, focusing on a crunch match in the battle for a top four finish.


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Both Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen made triumphant and impressive starts to life after lockdown last week, winning comfortably at Frankfurt and Werder Bremen respectively. As such they remain separated by just two points in the table, with The Foals occupying a Champions League spot as things stand, while B04 sit fifth.

This week's selections feature two in form forwards, and with so much exciting attacking talent on display, it's difficult to back anything other than goals at both ends, which is where we start to build our tasty 20/1 tip.

Both Teams to Score

The Bundesliga's third strongest home side hosts the division's third strongest away side at the Borussia Park this weekend and there's no doubt there is very little between these two teams on paper. Leverkusen have scored in eight consecutive away games in all competitions - seven of which have come since the turn of the year - while Gladbach have scored in all 12 of their Bundesliga matches at home following a 0-0 stalemate with Schalke on the opening weekend back in August.

Over 2.5 goals

A likely outcome should both teams find the back of the net, it's worth considering that from their aforementioned 12-match scoring streak at home, Gladbach have kept just one clean sheet. That was against bottom club Paderborn, proving they are far from watertight at the back, while Leverkusen last failed to score in a game before Christmas. Goals look a near certainty, and the visitors have a talisman bang in form.

Kai Havertz to score

In truth it was a very underwhelming first half of the season from Havertz, who ended the previous campaign as one of the hottest prospects in the game. Likened to former Leverkusen legend Michael Ballack due to his goal threat from midfield, the 20-year-old's composure in the box has seen him deployed as a focal point to Peter Bosz's attack this year in the absence of Kevin Volland. He scored twice in the 4-1 win over Werder Bremen on Monday, finding the net for the fifth game in his last eight appearances.

Alassane Plea to have 2+ shots on target

It may not have been a prolific season from the Frenchman to date, netting a modest ninth league goal of the season last weekend, but it's been an impressive one nonetheless in Plea's second year in Germany. The 27-year-old has a further seven assists to his name but played with more independence in the first game back, mustering five shots. Of said attempts, four hit the target - twice as many as any other Bundesliga player last weekend - and the other struck the woodwork. All in all only three players have tested the keeper more often than Plea (33 times) this season.

Stefan Lainer to be carded

Finishing in the cards market, Bayer Leverkusen have had a strange season, having picked up the fourth fewest bookings (39) but the most red cards (6). Gladbach are perhaps a bit more predictable having been booked the fourth most times overall (59), and the joint most at home (32). Their most guilty culprit in that regard is Denis Zakaria but Lainer is just one behind, with four of his six yellows this season coming at home. With the right-back set to come up against the tricky Moussa Diaby, a seventh could be, dare I say, on the cards...

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