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  • August 7, 2011
  • • 16:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: B. Rafati
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Bundesliga preview: Bayern Munich - Borussia Monchengladbach

Bundesliga preview: Bayern Munich - Borussia Monchengladbach

Lars Baron

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


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
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 star 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.

Players to watch

M. Gómez

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

M. Reus

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Borussia M'gladbach

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach BMG
Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach Borussia M'gladbach
94%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 0
Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach BMG
FC Bayern München BAY
2 - 0
Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach BMG
FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 1
Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach BMG

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