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  • December 14, 2012
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Bayern Munich - Monchengladbach Preview: Bundesliga leaders look to keep up unbeaten run

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

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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

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS
BAYERN

Neuer
Lahm, Dante, Boateng, Alaba
Javi Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Gomez
GLADBACH
Roma
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
8Toni KroosMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33M. GómezStriker
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
4Roel BrouwersDefender
17Oscar WendtDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
39Martin StranzlDefender
17Tolga CigerciMidfielder
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
18J. ArangoMidfielder
19Mike HankeStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
5Alexander RingMidfielder
8Lukas RuppMidfielder
27Julian KorbMidfielder
34Granit XhakaMidfielder
10Igor De CamargoStriker
15Peniel Kokou MlapaStriker
Players to Watch
Dante
Dante
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 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.
J. Arango
J. Arango
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 1

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