Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Monchengladbach

Bayern Munich will be bidding to make it eight straight wins in all competitions when they resume their 2021-22 Bundesliga campaign at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday night.

The home side are currently top of the Bundesliga table, nine points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, while Monchengladbach occupy 14th spot, having struggled for consistency this season.

Since suffering a surprise 2-1 defeat at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on November 19, Bayern’s form has been excellent, winning seven matches across two separate competitions, which allowed them to secure a perfect record in their Champions League group and pull clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Julian Nagelsmann’s side have posted five straight Bundesliga victories, scoring nine and conceding zero in their last two matches against Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, which has left them top of the table, boasting 43 points from their opening 17 matches of the 2021-22 campaign.

There is now a nine-point gap from Bayern to second-placed Dortmund, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine the reigning champions not finishing at the summit once again.

Der FCB have lifted the Bundesliga title in each of the last nine seasons and will have the chance to move 12 points clear on Friday, as Dortmund are not in action until Saturday evening, facing a trip to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern will also be looking to battle for a seventh European Cup this season, and Robert Lewandowski is enjoying another excellent campaign for the club, finding the back of the net on 30 occasions in 25 appearances in all competitions, including 19 in 17 outings in Germany’s top flight.

Monchengladbach, meanwhile, have not finished lower than ninth in the Bundesliga since 2011, claiming fifth and fourth in two of their last three seasons, but they have struggled for consistency this term.

Indeed, a record of five wins, four draws and eight defeats from 17 matches has brought them 19 points, which is only enough for 14th spot in the table, just two points clear of 16th-placed Stuttgart.

Adi Hutter’s side lost four straight league games to FC Koln, Freiburg, RB Leipzig and Frankfurt between November 27 and December 15 before claiming a point in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim before the winter break.

Monchengladbach are without a victory in Germany’s top flight since beating Greuther Furth on November 20, and they are now nine points off the top four in the Bundesliga, which is a big gap to make up, even with a lot of football still to play before the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

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We say: Bayern Munich 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayern will be missing a number of important players for this match, but it is still very difficult to imagine anything other than a home victory, especially considering Monchengladbach’s recent issues, so we are expecting a routine 2-0 success for the Bundesliga champions, who are pulling clear at the summit.

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