The Bundesliga resumes with a clash between the highest-scoring home team and the most prolific away team - Goal's predicting goals at both endsThe Bundesliga season recommences with an eye-catching clash on Friday, as third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach welcome leaders Bayern Munich to Borussia Park.
With six wins and two draws in their last eight league games, die Fohlen finished 2013 in fine form and are available at 6/1 (7.00) with William Hill to kick off the new year in style with victory over the European champions.
Pep Guardiola’s men lifted the Club World Cup in their last competitive fixture and are 2/5 (1.40) favourites to follow that success up with a ninth consecutive Bundesliga win.
The champions have not drawn a match since early October, but you can get odds of 4/1 (5.00) on them sharing the spoils for the first time in 16 competitive matches in this one.
Having made the first half of the league season look all too easy after recording 14 wins and two draws in their opening 16 fixtures, neutrals will be eager to see whether anyone can overcome FCB this campaign.
Those who remember the last time these sides met in the opening Ruckrunde fixture may hold out some hope for an upset, with Lucien Favre’s team having secured a shock 3-1 win at this stadium back in January 2012.
However, having failed to beat their guests in any of the five encounters since then, it is surely too much to expect for lightning to strike twice when Gladbach take on a team unbeaten in 26 Bundesliga games on the road and whom thrashed Werder Bremen 7-0 in their previous away league fixture.
While a similarly one-sided scoreline is unlikely considering the hosts have scored more goals in front of their own fans than any other team in the league, it is difficult to see Bayern failing to pick up all three points once again, having already beaten Schalke and Borussia Dortmund 4-0 and 3-0 respectively away from home this season.
With this in mind, odds of 7/4 (2.75) are not to be ignored on Bayern coming out on top despite the hosts finding the net, as they have in every previous home game so far this campaign.
|Bayern to win and both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 7/4 (2.75) with William Hill
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