Borussia Monchengladbach - Bayern Munich Preview: Jupp Heynckes' side travel to North Rhine-Westphalia looking to book their place in the DFB-Pokal final
The Bavarians are aiming to continue their rampant form against Lucien Favre's men, who are yet to lose a game at home this season
By Enis Koylu
Jantschke, Dante, Brouwers, Daems
Wendt, Neustadter, Nordtveit, Arango
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
Robben, Muller, Ribery
The good news for Borussia Monchengladbach is that Tony Jantschke is back to take his place on the right side of defence after missing Satuday's win over Bayer Leverkusen through suspension.
Patrick Herrmann is set to be involved after recovering from a lengthy collar bone problem, but is likely to only take a place on the bench, with Oscar Wendt continuing to fill his berth on the right-hand side of midfield.
Meanwhile, despite scoring a late winner in the weekend's clash, Igor De Camargo is unlikely to start, with Lucien Favre likely to continue with his preferred striking pair of Marco Reus and Mike Hanke.
After encountering problems with who to play in defence all season, Jupp Heynckes' side have found some stability of late with David Alaba at left back, Philipp Lahm on the right-hand side of defence and Jerome Boateng partnering Holger Badstuber in the centre.
However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to miss the encounter with a minor ankle injury sustained in his recover from torn ligaments.
Daniel Van Buyten has a broken foot sustained the last time these two sides met, while Breno has a knee injury.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Borussia Monchengladbach's 3-1 victory over Bayern in January completed the club's first ever league double over the Bavarians.
- Lucien Favre's side are one of just two clubs, the other being Hannover, to have an unbeaten home record in the Bundesliga this season.
- Since the Borussia Park club last reached the DFB-Pokal final in 1995, Bayern Munich have won the competition seven times, and were losing finalists on one other occasion.
- Bayern Munich were victorious in the 1984 edition of this tournament, beating Borussia Monchengladbach in the final.
- The Allianz Arena club's coach, Jupp Heynckes is a legendary figure around Borussia Park, having scored almost 200 Bundesliga goals across two spells with the club, more than any other player.
- Bayern have scored 20 goals in their last three games, with Mario Gomez (pictured) and Arjen Robben bagging 15 of those.
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Top 3 Predictions
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-2 FC Bayern München
- 12.55 %
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-3 FC Bayern München
- 11.8 %
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-3 FC Bayern München
- 11.61 %
|1. Bundesliga (GER1)||Jan 24, 2014||Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 - FC Bayern München 2|
|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|
|Mar 1, 2014||Eintracht Braunschweig 1 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 1||GER1|
|Feb 22, 2014||Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 - Hoffenheim 2||GER1|
|Feb 15, 2014||Werder Bremen 1 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 1||GER1|
|Feb 7, 2014||Borussia Mönchengladbach 0 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1||GER1|
|Feb 1, 2014||Hannover 96 3 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 1||GER1|
|1||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||Goalkeeper|
|18||Juan Fernando Arango||Midfielder|
|10||Igor De Camargo||Striker|
It is of little surprise that the recent stutter in Borussia Monchengladbach's form has coincided with the precocious German's absence. With David Alaba lacking experience on the left-hand side of defence, Herrmann can rise from the bench and have a potentially decisive impact, earning his side a place in the cup final, a due reward for their fantastic season.
Doubt him at your own peril. After receiving widespread criticism for his performances throughout the season, the Dutchman has rocketed back into form over the last three games, bagging seven goals. However, it is not just his proficiency in front of goal that caught the eye, but his status as a creative outlet, having set his team-mates up for several other strikes.
Bayern Munich's return to form has been well-documented, but Borussia Monchengladbach are a different proposition from Hoffenheim, Basel and Hertha Berlin. Lucien Favre's side are capable of hitting teams on the break with devastating effect, but have stuttered in recent weeks. Accordingly, I'd expect Bayern to win the game, but not by the convincing margin we've seen over the last few matches.
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