Borussia Monchengladbach will take on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at the Borussia Park in their first home match of the year on Friday, 8 January 2021.
Gladbach could boast an impressive home record when they face Bayern Munich over the past couple of years as they have won three of their last five Bundesliga meetings in Monchengladbach, which is an exceptionally strong achievement considering Bayern Munich’s domestic superiority.
All in all, of all 104 Bundesliga encounters between these two sides, Gladbach have won just 25 of them against 50 wins in the Bavarians’ favor.
Borussia Monchengladbach Betting Preview
Seventh in the Bundesliga table and four points behind Borussia Dortmund in fourth, Gladbach could level the likes of Union Berlin and Wolfsburg (who go head-to-head on Saturday) should they beat the odds and earn another prestigious yet unexpected (probably?) win over Bayern Munich at the Borussia-Park.
Failing to win in their last three home games (0-1-2) – since a 4-1 victory over struggling Schalke 04 on 28 November – Gladbach should be inspired and even find extra motivation to bounce back against the champions.
Gladbach managed to put five past Elversberg in the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) in their last game of the calendar year and thus remain competitive on multiple fronts, with Marco Rose’s side set to face Stuttgart in the third round of the German Cup next month, while they also progressed to the Champions League knockout phase where they’ll play Manchester City in the round of 16.
Borussia M’Gladbach managed to finish fourth in 2019-20 and could see themselves on a turning point here with a positive outcome against Bayern Munich having the booster dose to reignite their form ahead of a busy schedule.
The Colts had to endure a four-game winless run in the Bundesliga but they managed to put an end to it in their first match of the New Year, with Glabach claiming a 1-0 win at newly-promoted strugglers Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.
Marco Rose’s side will now hope to build on and gain momentum when they take on the eight-time defending champions Bayern Munich, who were ruthless to mount an impressive comeback and tore apart Mainz 05 5-2, being 2-0 down at the break.
Ramy Bensebaini and Oscar Wendt are competing for the left-back spot, with the latter starting against Arminia Bielefeld, but his Algerian counterpart Bensebaini has enjoyed some brilliant performances against Bayern Munich over the years and could get the nod here.
Breel Embolo scored the winner at Bielefeld (his third Bundesliga goal of the season) and the Switzerland international should lead the line here, while Hannes Wolf and Alassane Plea are among the options should Marco Rose opt for changes in the line behind his centre-forward.
Except Embolo himself and the suspended Thuram, Gladbach’s captain and top goalscorer Lars Stindl (8 Bundesliga goals this season) as well as winger Jonas Hofmann (2 goals and 5 assists to his name) are those who are expected to pose the biggest threat to each opposition’s defense.
Alassane Pléa reached double figures for Gladbach in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 10 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances. Even though he hasn’t been really prolific in the Bundesliga this season, the Frenchman has been superb in Gladbach’s Champions League run as he scored five in five games, including a hat-trick in a remarkable 6-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk in early-November.
Moreover, following some years of inconsistency, experienced central midfielder Christoph Kramer revives his career and the 2014 World Cup Champion featured in almost all of Gladbach’s games across all competitions so far in the campaign.
Florian Neuhaus and Jordan Beyer both returned to Gladbach’s squad following suspensions, as well as defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria who was sidelined for over eight months with an injury. Zakaria’s comeback could be a huge boost for the Colts in the coming weeks, but we don’t believe that Marco Rose would risk such a sudden move, not against Hansi Flick’s well-oiled machine.
Valentino Lazaro will most likely miss out for the home side, while Marcus Thuram still serves a five-game suspension and the Frenchman is unavailable for selection.
Bayern Munich Betting Preview
Bavarians giants Bayern Munich are red hot favorites to once again defend their Bundesliga title even though they’re just two points clear of RB Leipzig at the top.
Hansi Flick’s men are unbeaten since a shock 4-1 defeat at Hoffenheim on 27 September. However, it was a game that was sandwiched between both the UEFA Super Cup game against Sevilla and the German Super Cup clash against Borussia Dortmund in the final third of September, when the Bavarian side managed to add two more trophies into their trophy cabinet and to make 2020 even more memorable.
The Bavarians started December 2020 with the first time they failed to win back-to-back Bundesliga games since twelve months – December 2019 – but unlike the last losing sequence (back-to-back defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia M’Gladbach in the first days of Hansi Flick’s tenure), this time Hansi Flick’s men remained unbeaten as they drew against RB Leipzig (3-3 at home) and at Union Berlin (1-1).
However, Robert Lewandowski himself inspired the beginning of Bayern Munich’s current three-game winning steak as his goals were a foundation for the back-to-back 2-1 wins over tricky sides like Wolfsburg (home) and Bayer Leverkusen (away) before Christmas.
Anyway, after the not so comfortable wins prior to the winter pause, Bayern Munich’s five-star second-half display against Mainz was their most efficient performance for a while and the first time they scored more than three goals in a Bundesliga game since the 5-0 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt on 24 October.
Serge Gnabry is a major doubt for Friday, though after assessments from Bayern Munich’s medical staff revealed that there was nothing too serious about the injury that forced him off against Mainz 05, yet we have all reasons to believe that Hansi Flick is not willing want to take any unnecessary risks with the Germany international, especially given the packed schedule coming up in the following weeks.
Meanwhile, Kingsley Coman resumed full training as the France international recovered from a thigh injury he sustained just before the brief winter-break in the 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
Naturally, with the potential absence of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Coman would presumably be the two starting wingers in Hansi Flick’s 4-2-3-1 system, but he could also choose to bring in experienced Brazilian winger Douglas Costa or why not even youngster Jamal Musiala to start.
Summer signing Tanguy Nianzou won’t be available for selection before late-January, at least, while fellow defenders Jérôme Boateng and Benjamin Pavard were both subbed off at half-time against Mainz 05 and it remains to be seen whether Hansi Flick would stick with the same starting side or he’ll continue with both Niklas Süle and Leon Goretzka.
With another brace to his name (third in a row), Robert Lewandowski is like fine wine and could already boast 19 goals in 13 appearances in the German top-flight and the Polack looks keen to improve his best ever record of 34 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season.
Possible Starting Lineups of Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich
Borussia Monchengladbach: Yann Sommer – Stefan Lainer, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, Ramy Bensebaini – Florian Neuhaus, Christoph Kramer – Patrick Herrmann, Lars Stindl, Jonas Hofmann – Breel Embolo. (4-2-3-1)
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer – Alphonso Davies, David Alaba, Niklas Süle, Benjamin Pavard – Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich – Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller, Leroy Sané – Robert Lewandowski. (4-2-3-1)
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
It’s quite important that Gladbach’s boss Marco Rose expressed his confidence that the Colts are capable of pulling another great effort to cause an upset by ending Bayern’s invincibility.
For this purpose, Marco Rose will look to expose Bayern Munich’s weaknesses and if there’s something that doesn’t work as good as it was during the triumphant summer, that’s definitely their defense.
Bayern Munich have already shipped 21 goals in 14 Bundesliga games and that happens for the first time since 2008-09, when Jürgen Klinsmann’s Bayern also conceded 21 goals in 14 games and eventually finished second in the Bundesliga, whereas Klinsmann himself was dismissed in April 2009.
And as already seen in some of the last Bundesliga seasons, if there’s a side that could somehow spoil the brilliance of Bayern’s domestic hegemony – that’s definitely Borussia Monchengladbach and it doesn’t look like they won’t give it a try.
With that said, we know how reckless it could be to place a bet against Bayern Munich and how rampant they can actually become during a game, especially in the Bundesliga, so we expect a high-scoring affair at Borussia-Park on Friday night (local time).