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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.

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
17Jerome BoatengDefender
28Holger BadstuberDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
25Thomas MüllerStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
39Takashi UsamiStriker
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
24Nils PetersenStriker
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
4Roel BrouwersDefender
4DanteDefender
3Filip DaemsDefender
11Marco ReusMidfielder
33Roman NeustädterMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
18J. ArangoMidfielder
19Mike HankeStriker
10Igor De CamargoStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
17Oscar WendtDefender
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
8Lukas RuppMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
20Mathew LeckieMidfielder
25Raul BobadillaStriker
Players to Watch
Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Marco Reus
Marco Reus
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 0 0
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.
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.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 1

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