Bayern Munich host Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga’s Saturday evening fixture.
The two sides head into the weekend as the top two sides in the table, with reigning champions Bayern boasting the only 100% record in the division after three matches.
Indeed, it has been a blistering start made by the Bavarians, with Julian Nagelsmann’s side sensationally scoring 20 goals in four matches when you include their 5-3 win against RB Leipzig in the German Super Cup.
Last weekend, Bayern travelled to VfL Bochum, who inflicted Nagelsmann’s heaviest defeat of his reign so far in a shock 4-2 win for the newly-promoted side last season. However, Bayern ran out 7-0 victors this time around in a ruthless display of finishing ability.
For the second time in three matches, Bayern were at least four goals ahead at the half-time interval, with Matthijs de Ligt’s first goal for the club sandwiched by strikes from Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman, who were both making their first starts of the season. Sadio Mane made it four goals in four matches with his first brace for his new club, with Serge Gnabry sealing the rout after Cristian Gamboa’s own goal.
Despite total domination, Manuel Neuer did have seven saves to make across the course of the match, which Nagelsmann may view as an area where there is clear room for improvement, especially ahead of a home match against in-form Gladbach.
After all, Gladbach were one of only two wins to win at the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga last season, with Florian Neuhaus and Stefan Lainer responding after Robert Lewandowski’s early opener.
Under Daniel Farke’s new management, Die Fohlen are playing much better now than they were heading into that surprise 2-1 win in January, too, suggesting that they may have a decent chance of recording another upset on Saturday.
The former Norwich City boss made it two wins from two at Borussia-Park against Hertha Berlin last time out, with Alassane Plea’s first-half penalty proving to be the difference between the two sides, although their victory should have been made more comfortable given that Jonas Hofmann missed from the spot with 20 minutes of normal time remaining.
Saturday’s trip to Munich undoubtedly provides Farke with his biggest test since taking charge in the summer, but having made such a strong start to the season, he and his players can treat the match as something of a free hit. As such, they can play with the type of expression and speed in transition which has hurt Bayern in the past.
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We say: Bayern Munich 3-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Despite Gladbach’s strong form heading into this fixture and their shock win at the Allianz Arena in January, we expect the Bavarians to be too strong for them in the end this time around.
Goals seem likely with both teams usually deploying expansive styles, and we expect Gladbach to make Bayern work harder for their victory than most teams will this season.