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  • May 18, 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK, Mönchengladbach
  • Referee: T. Kinhöfer
  • • Attendance: 51020

Borussia Monchengladbach-Bayern Munich Preview: Heynckes bows out in familiar surroundings

Borussia Monchengladbach-Bayern Munich Preview: Heynckes bows out in familiar surroundings


The FCB coach ends his Bundesliga journey where it all began as the champions go in search of yet more records against die Fohlen on the final day of an incredible season

Jupp Heynckes will bow out of the Bundesliga in his hometown when he takes his treble-chasing Bayern Munich to face Borussia Monchengladbach on the final day of the season.

The outgoing coach will take charge of die Roten for the final time in Germany’s top flight, facing the side that he was almost synonymous with throughout his playing career.

On the pitch, Bayern’s line-up is expected to reflect their imminent Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund and the visitors will be hoping to rest a number of key figures ahead of next week’s final in London.

That means the likes of Mario Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk are all likely to get the nod for the visit to Stadion im Borussia-Park, however full-back Rafinha is still suspended after his dismissal in the 1-1 draw with Dortmund earlier in the month.

Gladbach still have faint hopes of securing a Europa League spot going into the final day but they need other results to go their way and a six-goal swing if they are to pip either Eintracht Frankfurt or Hamburg to sixth place.

Coach Lucien Favre is sweating over the fitness of Alvaro Dominguez after the central defender sat out of training most of this week with a thigh injury, while it remains to be seen if last week’s hat-trick hero, 20-year-old Branimir Hrgota, will retain his place up top.

  • A win in their final league match would see Bayern Munich become the first team in Bundesliga history to break the 90 points barrier.
  • Heynckes' men are also likely to set a new record for the tightest defence in German history having only conceded 15 goals the entire season - the current record is 21.
  • Brazilian defender Dante (pictured, right) is set to return to Borussia Park for the first time since he left Gladbach for Munich last summer.
  • Borussia Monchengladbach held Bayern to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena when these two sides met earlier in the season.
  • You have to go back to January 2006 to find die Roten's last league triumph over die Fohlen at Borussia Park.
  • Branimir Hrgota blasted himself into Bundesliga history last weekend against Mainz by becoming only the seventh player to score a hat-trick on his full league debut.


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1Marc-Andre ter StegenGoalkeeper
4Roel BrouwersDefender
17Oscar WendtDefender
24Tony JantschkeMidfielder
39Martin StranzlDefender
7Patrick HerrmannMidfielder
16Havard NordtveitDefender
18J. ArangoMidfielder
34Granit XhakaMidfielder
19Mike HankeStriker
31Branimir HrgotaStriker
33Christofer HeimerothGoalkeeper
3Filip DaemsDefender
8Lukas RuppMidfielder
14Thorben MarxMidfielder
-Amin YounesMidfielder
9Luuk de JongStriker
15Peniel Kokou MlapaStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
Players to Watch
Branimir Hrgota
Branimir Hrgota
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Until last weekend, this Bosnian born forward wasn't on anybody's radar. However, one hat-trick later and the 20-year-old is suddenly the toast of Gladbach after his debut heroics against Mainz last weekend.  He will be hoping his three-goal haul will be enough to keep his starting berth and see him pit his wits against a much sterner defence.
Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
While it's unclear what type of line-up Heynckes will go with for the final league match of the season, we can be certain that Xherdan Shaqiri will play some part. The former Basel winger has been a consistent performer for die Roten all season, making 25 appearances in the league to date and netting eight goals in all competitions.
I expect Bayern to end their league campaign on a high and march into their Champions League showdown with Dortmund on the back of a comfortable win in Gladbach, despite the home side still clinging on to the hope of clinching European football next season.
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