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  • December 14, 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: T. Welz
  • • Attendance: 71000
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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

Bongarts

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.

Players to watch

Dante

Position: Defender

Games: 13

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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

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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  • 0
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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.

Editor's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Borussia M'gladbach

Wins
4
1
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
79%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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