Bayern Munich’s pursuit of a record-extending 11th consecutive Bundesliga title continues on Saturday as they head to Borussia Park to face off against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Gladbach’s hopes of battling their way into a fierce race for European placings are fading away with each passing week after a ponderous start to the new calendar year.
An embarrassing 4-1 defeat at relegation-battling Hertha BSC last time out condemned the Foals to a fourth winless Bundesliga match from five in 2023 (W1, D1, L3).
Left in mid-table, nine points adrift of sixth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, Daniel Farke’s men are unlikely to relish the timing of this fixture despite posting a top-flight-high 27 wins over Bayern.
The mood in the visiting camp is much more buoyant following a precious 1-0 win at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
Kingsley Coman got on the scoresheet early in the second half to sink his boyhood club and put the Bavarians on the cusp of an 11th Champions League quarter-finals appearance in 12 seasons.
Julian Nagelsmann’s choice to switch to a three-man backline after an underwhelming three-game winless league start to the new calendar year (D3) has paid dividends.
The record-time German champions have since won four consecutive matches in all competitions without conceding, including an emphatic 3-0 home league triumph over Bochum last weekend.
Winless in both Bundesliga home outings in 2023 (D1, L1), Monchengladbach could only manage a tepid 0-0 draw against relegation-bound Schalke 04 last time out.
If they are to flip the script, the Foals should avoid conceding the opening goal after suffering six defeats in eight league games in which they shipped the opener this term (W1, D1).
But if it’s any comfort, Gladbach had netted at least two goals in three successive home fixtures in the Bundesliga before the abovementioned slip-up against Schalke.
Despite rediscovering their winning touch, Bayern cannot rest on their laurels as they enter this round carrying a slim one-point lead on nearest competitors Union Berlin.
It’s worth noting that the Bavarians have only lost once this season (W12, D7), last suffering as few defeats at this stage of a top-flight season in 2016/17 under Carlo Ancelotti.
However, to keep that record intact, Bayern will have to defy their stuttering record at Borussia Park of late, having lost three of their last four competitive visits to Gladbach (D1).
Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Potential Line-ups
Borussia Monchengladbach (4-2-3-1): Jonas Omlin; Joe Scally, Ko Itakura, Nico Elvedi, Ramy Bensebaini; Christoph Kramer, Julian Weigl; Lars Stindl, Jonas Hofmann, Alassane Plea; Marcus Thuram.
Bayern Munich (3-4-2-1): Yann Sommer; Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano, Daley Blind; Alphonso Davies, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Joao Cancelo; Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Prediction
Trips to Borussia Park have recently been unattainable for Bayern, but much of the credit for that often went to their new goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
With the Swiss international no longer part of the Gladbach squad, we back the Bavarians to post their first Bundesliga win at Borussia Park since a thumping 5-1 triumph in March 2019.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-3 Bayern Munich