In-form Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach will be looking to make amend for their midweek slump in Europe at the weekend when they play host to Germany’s greatest Bayern Munich.
End of a Run
With three wins in their last five Bundesliga matches and six overall this season, Borussia Monchengladbach have been one of the most pleasant surprises in Germany this season.
Surprise might not be the right word to use when talking about Dieter Hecking’s men who are currently sitting in fourth place in the standings, only six points away from leaders and their Saturday’s rivals Bayern Munich. Hecking’s side has been producing some rather swashbuckling displays this season with the latest 4-2 Bundesliga victory over Hertha Berlin being the latest proof. Goals from Stindl, Hazard and Raffael’s brace were more than enough for an emphatic win which will have been a perfect introduction to a highly-anticipated clash against Bayern Munich. Gladbach head into this fixture with only one defeat in their last six outings but are well aware that extending that record will be a challenge on its own.
Raul Bobadilla is back from injury but is unlikely to be involved against the champions. Ibrahim Traore is still some way off from full fitness, whereas Jonas Hofmann is ruled out through injury.
Heynckes the Hero
Jupp Heynckes returned from retirement to help his beloved club after a disappointing start to the season and the experienced manager is living up to the task.
Bayern Munich have won all five Bundesliga matches under their manager this season and are back on track on all fronts. The latest 2-1 Champions League win over Anderlecht saw Bayern extend their winning run to nine consecutive victories across all competitions and it’s fair to say that confidence is high once again in the Bavarian camp. Talking about Heynckes, it’s worth mentioning that Bayern manager is unbeaten in his last 30 Bundesliga matches as coach and will have a chance to set the new personal record on Saturday if his side wins at Gladbach. The experienced manager will urge his players to extend the winning streak but to improve their performance as well knowing that the latest Anderlecht match saw Bayern put in a below-par performance that will not be tolerated against a lethal side such as Borussia Monchengladbach, especially since Bayern have plenty of selection issues ahead of the Saturday’s clash.
David Alaba is having back problems, whereas Rafinha has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Kingsley Coman is struggling with his foot tendon, whereas things went from bad to worse this week with Thiago and Arjen Robben both hobbling off against Anderlecht. On the positive note, Thomas Muller is back in contention.
Bayern have won only six of their last 15 Bundesliga encounters with Borussia Monchengladbach but their fantastic run of form is enough of a guarantee to make them firm favourites in this clash. A couple of selection headaches in Bayern camp could put a spicy twist in this encounter and we surely expect to see an eventful game.
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