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DFB Pokal

  • March 21, 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK, Mönchengladbach
  • Referee: T. Kinnhöfer
  • • Attendance: 54049
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Bayern München won 4 - 2 on penalties

Borussia Monchengladbach - Bayern Munich Preview: Jupp Heynckes' side travel to North Rhine-Westphalia looking to book their place in the DFB-Pokal final

Borussia Monchengladbach - Bayern Munich Preview: Jupp Heynckes' side travel to North Rhine-Westphalia looking to book their place in the DFB-Pokal final

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The Bavarians are aiming to continue their rampant form against Lucien Favre's men, who are yet to lose a game at home this season


PROBABLE LINEUPS


MONCHENGLADBACH


Ter Stegen
Jantschke, Dante, Brouwers, Daems
Wendt, Neustadter, Nordtveit, Arango
Reus
Hanke

BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
Gustavo, Kroos
Robben, Muller, Ribery
Gomez

The good news for Borussia Monchengladbach is that Tony Jantschke is back to take his place on the right side of defence after missing Satuday's win over Bayer Leverkusen through suspension.

Patrick Herrmann is set to be involved after recovering from a lengthy collar bone problem, but is likely to only take a place on the bench, with Oscar Wendt continuing to fill his berth on the right-hand side of midfield.

Meanwhile, despite scoring a late winner in the weekend's clash, Igor De Camargo is unlikely to start, with Lucien Favre likely to continue with his preferred striking pair of Marco Reus and Mike Hanke.

After encountering problems with who to play in defence all season, Jupp Heynckes' side have found some stability of late with David Alaba at left back, Philipp Lahm on the right-hand side of defence and Jerome Boateng partnering Holger Badstuber in the centre.

However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to miss the encounter with a minor ankle injury sustained in his recover from torn ligaments.

Daniel Van Buyten has a broken foot sustained the last time these two sides met, while Breno has a knee injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Monchengladbach's 3-1 victory over Bayern in January completed the club's first ever league double over the Bavarians.
  • Lucien Favre's side are one of just two clubs, the other being Hannover, to have an unbeaten home record in the Bundesliga this season.
  • Since the Borussia Park club last reached the DFB-Pokal final in 1995, Bayern Munich have won the competition seven times, and were losing finalists on one other occasion.
  • Bayern Munich were victorious in the 1984 edition of this tournament, beating Borussia Monchengladbach in the final.
  • The Allianz Arena club's coach, Jupp Heynckes is a legendary figure around Borussia Park, having scored almost 200 Bundesliga goals across two spells with the club, more than any other player.
  • Bayern have scored 20 goals in their last three games, with Mario Gomez (pictured) and Arjen Robben bagging 15 of those.

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Available Squads
1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
3Filip DaemsDefender
39Martin StranzlDefender
17Oscar WendtDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
18J. ArangoMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
33Roman NeustädterMidfielder
19Mike HankeStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
4Roel BrouwersDefender
5Alexander RingMidfielder
20Mathew LeckieMidfielder
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
10Igor De CamargoStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
27David AlabaMidfielder
28Holger BadstuberDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
8Toni KroosMidfielder
33M. GómezStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Hans-Jörg ButtGoalkeeper
26Diego ContentoDefender
13RafinhaMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
23Danijel PranjicMidfielder
11Ivica OlicStriker
24Nils PetersenStriker
Players to Watch
Patrick Herrmann
Patrick Herrmann
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
It is of little surprise that the recent stutter in Borussia Monchengladbach's form has coincided with the precocious German's absence. With David Alaba lacking experience on the left-hand side of defence, Herrmann can rise from the bench and have a potentially decisive impact, earning his side a place in the cup final, a due reward for their fantastic season.
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Doubt him at your own peril. After receiving widespread criticism for his performances throughout the season, the Dutchman has rocketed back into form over the last three games, bagging seven goals. However, it is not just his proficiency in front of goal that caught the eye, but his status as a creative outlet, having set his team-mates up for several other strikes.
Prediction
Bayern Munich's return to form has been well-documented, but Borussia Monchengladbach are a different proposition from Hoffenheim, Basel and Hertha Berlin. Lucien Favre's side are capable of hitting teams on the break with devastating effect, but have stuttered in recent weeks. Accordingly, I'd expect Bayern to win the game, but not by the convincing margin we've seen over the last few matches.
Editor's Prediction
Bayern 3

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