Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Monchengladbach - Bayern Munich
The league leaders visit the Foals in a Bundesliga classic as the German top flight kicks off for the first time in the 2012 calendar year
Jantschke, Stranzl, Brouwers, Daems
Herrmann, Neustadter, Ring, Arango
Boateng, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Lahm
Robben, Kroos, Muller
As the second round begins, Gladbach are largely unchanged and are expected to field a familiar starting XI. Striker Joshua King has returned to Manchester United from his loan spell, while young midfielders Alexander Ring and Tolga Cigerci have been brought in as reinforcements.
Ring especially impressed coach Lucien Favre, and may replace Havard Nordtveit in the starting line-up. Centre-back Dante is suspended for accumulated cautions, and is expected to be replaced by veteran Roel Brouwers.
The big news from Munich is that Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his long-awaited return following a fracture, sustained in November. The vice-captain had a knee problem earlier this week, but has since recovered and will be able to play from the start.
With Franck Ribery suspended due to a red card, Thomas Muller will likely start on the left wing, with Toni Kroos in the centre behind lone striker Mario Gomez. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Jerome Boateng are tipped to be in the first XI ahead of Luiz Gustavo and Rafinha, respectively.
||DID YOU KNOW|
- Monchengladbach stars Marco Reus and Roman Neustadter confirmed their summer departures earlier this month.
- Lucien Favre's side have scored 25 goals and conceded just 11, the second-lowest figure in the Bundesliga.
- The recent first round marks Gladbach's best record in an autumn campaign since the season in which they won the Bundesliga title, in 1976-77.
- Bayern Munich have won three of their last seven games which come after a summer or winter break.
- Jupp Heynckes' men have the Bundesliga's best record of goals scored (43) and conceded (10)
- The Bavarians have not won away at the Borussia Park for six years.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-2 FC Bayern München
- 16.87 %
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-3 FC Bayern München
- 12.08 %
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 FC Bayern München
- 11.36 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Aug 9, 2013||FC Bayern München 3 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 1|
|Club Friendlies (FR)||Jul 21, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - FC Bayern München 5|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||May 18, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 - FC Bayern München 4|
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Dec 14, 2012||FC Bayern München 1 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 1|
|Germany - DFB-Pokal (GERC)||Mar 21, 2012||Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 - FC Bayern München 0|
|Dec 7, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - Schalke 04 1||GER1|
|Dec 1, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - SC Freiburg 0||GER1|
|Nov 22, 2013||VfB Stuttgart 0 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 2||GER1|
|Nov 9, 2013||Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 - Nürnberg 1||GER1|
|Nov 2, 2013||Hamburg 0 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 2||GER1|
|1||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
|18||Juan Fernando Arango||Midfielder|
|10||Igor De Camargo||Striker|
|5||Daniel Van Buyten||Defender|
He wrote "Uli, keep your money" on his locker and turned down the chance of moving to Munich this summer: clearly, Reus will be motivated, and a marked man. As one of the most talented and motivated players on the pitch, the Germany international will surely be one to watch.
Undisputedly the most talented attacker among the two sides, the Dutchman spent most of the first half of the season sidelined, and never reached his previous highs. He has something to prove in the second half of the campaign: that he deserves a new contract, and is still one of the best in the world.
Bayern have failed to beat far lesser Gladbach teams at the Borussia-Park in recent years, and Lucien Favre's side have done very well against top sides this season. After taking the spoils of the away leg, expect Gladbach to provide stiff resistance and perhaps earn a point.
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Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed