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December 14, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
Allianz-Arena — München
Referee:‬ T. Welz‎
Attendance:‬ 71000‎
Thorben Marx 21′ (PG)

Bayern Munich - Monchengladbach Preview: Bundesliga leaders look to keep up unbeaten run

The Bavaria giants are gunning for an eighth successive match without defeat on Friday evening, but will have to be at their best against a visiting side who have also found form

By Daniel Edwards

Germany, Bundesliga, FC Augsburg vs. FC Bayern Munich, Sascha Moelders, Dante

Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba
Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Ter Stegen
Jantschke, Stranzl, Dominguez, Wendt
Rupp, Nordtveit, Marx, Arango
De Camargo, Hermann

It had been feared that Javi Martinez might have to sit out Friday night's Bundesliga clash for Die Roten, after he injured his left-foot in a training ground accident with Jerome Boateng.

Club sources, however, confirmed that the knock was minor, and the Spanish midfielder should be fit to take his place amongst the starting XI. It will be a special day for Dante, meanwhile, who lines up against his former club for the first time since completing a move at the start of the 2012-13 season.

Gladbach coach Lucien Favre may be tempted to stick with the same team that downed Mainz in the Bundesliga's last round, when goals from Juan Arango and substitute Mike Hanke helped the side to a 2-0 victory in their own stadium.

  • Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their last seven Bundesliga games, winning five and drawing twice since they last tasted defeat at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen.

  • In that period, Jupp Heynckes' charges have netted 16 times, while seeing their own goal breached on just two occasions - both of those ending in 1-1 draws.
  • Thomas Muller (right) and Mario Mandzukic share the honour of top scorer for the club so far in league competition, netting nine times each in 2012-13.
  • Borussia Monchengladbach lie eighth in the German top division, having picked up 24 points from their first 16 encounters.

  • After an indifferent start to the season, Lucien Favre's men have won on five of their last nine outings, losing just once in that same period.

  • Former Swiss international Favre took over at Monchengladbach in February 2011, and after keeping his charges in the top-flight in his first season led them to a fourth-placed finish in 2011-12.

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1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
5Daniel Van BuytenDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
4Roel BrouwersDefender
17Oscar WendtDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
39Martin StranzlDefender
17Tolga CigerciMidfielder
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
18Juan Fernando ArangoMidfielder
9Mike HankeStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
5Alexander RingMidfielder
8Lukas RuppMidfielder
27Julian KorbMidfielder
34Granit XhakaMidfielder
10Igor De CamargoStriker
22Peniel Kokou MlapaStriker
Players to Watch
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
26 2 3 0
The former Monchengladbach idol returns to his old club for the first time, and will be hoping for a decent display anchoring the defence in the continued absence of partner Badstuber.
Juan Fernando Arango
Juan Fernando Arango
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
28 8 2 0
The Venezuela legend has few rivals when it comes to proficiency in dead-ball situations, a skill that could prove to be worth its weight in gold if the scoreline stays tight.
Both teams have proved fiendishly hard to beat in the last two months, and despite Bayern's apparent advantage on paper it would be no surprise to see the away team dig deep and take something away from the encounter.
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