Bayern Munich - Borussia Monchengladbach Preview: Visitors aiming for only second ever away win against Bavarians
Goal.com previews a Bundesliga classic as the Bavarian giants begin their quest for the title with a game against Lucien Favre's side in a mouth-watering clash at Allianz Arena
By Vasil Kotsev
|Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Sattelmaier; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Gomez
The fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is the only concern for Jupp Heynckes' men as the Germany international is reportedly suffering from gastrointestinal problems. With Hans-Jorg Butt out either Rouven Sattelmaier or Maximilian Riedmuller are expected to step in. Star duo Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben should be fit to start the game on Sunday, while centre-half Breno is still sidelined with an injury.
|Borussia Monchengladbach (4-4-2)
ter Stegen; Jantschke, Stranzl, Dante, Daems; Reus, Nordtveit, Neustadter, Arango; de Camargo; Hanke
Lucien Favre has a full-strength squad to choose from as Gladbach aim to pick up their second ever away win to Bayern Munich. New signings Joshua King, Yuki Otsu, Matthias Zimmermann and Lukas Rupp are unlikely to start the game, but some of them are expected to come on as substitutes at some point.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Bayern Munich have not lost at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in 16 years.
- Jupp Heynckes, current coach of the Bavarians, spent more that 20 years playing for the Foals, scoring 195 goals in 283 games.
- Five of the last eight encounters between the two teams have ended in a draw.
- Borussia Monchengladbach have recorded 42 losses and have conceded 168 strikes against Bayern Munich, more than against any other team.
- Gladbach last won against Bayern Munich seven years ago with goals from Marcelo Pletsch and Joris van Hout, rocketing the minnows to a 2-0 victory.
- The Foals have held Bayen Munich goalless at home on only two occasions, in 1968-69 and 2001-02. Both games ended in a draw.
|Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|Sign up today with Coral and get a £50 FREE bet - no strings attached!|
|Sign up today with BetVictor and get a £25 FREE BET!|
|Sign up with Betway for a £50 free bet!|
Top 3 Predictions
FC Bayern München 3-0 B. Mönchengladbach
- 22.01 %
FC Bayern München 2-0 B. Mönchengladbach
- 18.57 %
FC Bayern München 3-1 B. Mönchengladbach
- 13.89 %
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||9 Aug 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - B. Mönchengladbach 1|
|Club Friendlies (FRC)||21 Jul 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 1 - FC Bayern München 5|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||18 May 2013||B. Mönchengladbach 3 - FC Bayern München 4|
|1. Bundesliga (BUN)||14 Dec 2012||FC Bayern München 1 - B. Mönchengladbach 1|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||21 Mar 2012||B. Mönchengladbach 0 - FC Bayern München 0|
|FC Bayern München|
|17 Dec 2013||Guangzhou Evergrande 0 - FC Bayern München 3||CWC|
|14 Dec 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - Hamburger SV 1||BUN|
|10 Dec 2013||FC Bayern München 2 - Manchester City 3||UCL|
|7 Dec 2013||Werder Bremen 0 - FC Bayern München 7||BUN|
|4 Dec 2013||FC Augsburg 0 - FC Bayern München 2||GERC|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
|1||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
|18||Juan Fernando Arango||Midfielder|
|10||Igor De Camargo||Striker|
Bayern Munich will need 'Super Mario' on top form if they are to have a successful campaign, and the striker is expected to set off a good run, starting on Sunday against Borussia Monchengladbach.
The beating heart of Gladbach, Marco Reus is expected to conjure the magic that helped the Foals avoid the drop last season. Whenever he is on the field, wonder goals and super strikes are guaranteed. Whoever Bayern Munich place in goal on Sunday will have to watch out for the Germany international's thunderous right foot.
Gladbach are one tough nut to crack with Lucien Favre at the helm, but Bayern Munich possess enough firepower to breach any defence. The Bavarians should be able to see off the Foals, but do not expect a 4-0 trashing.
Times In BST
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed