Thursday, June 24, 2021

Prediction: Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach

Verdict: Both teams to score in first-half

Best Odds: 12/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to make a return to winning ways this weekend, Bayern Munich will welcome Borussia Monchengladbach to the Allianz on Saturday evening.

Bayern Munich

Starting with the hosts, while Bayern Munich might be inching towards their ninth straight Bundesliga crown, they will be desperate to put their last performance behind them. Given a fortnight off after their shocking 2-1 defeat away at Mainz on April 24th, the German giants saw their three-match winning run come to an abrupt end. With it announced that current RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann will replace Hans-Dieter Flick come the end of the season, The Bavarians should at least be glad to make a return to home soil this weekend. Despite watching PSG end their Champions League adventure last month, the defending champions have continued to shine at the Allianz while on domestic duties. Last seen in Munich when landing a deserved 2-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern are unbeaten in each of their last 25 straight Bundesliga home fixtures on the spin, a run that stems all the way back to November 2019. It should also be noted that Saturday’s hosts have bagged themselves at least a pair of strikes in all bar three of those 25 contests on home soil.

Team News

Bayern Munich will once again be without the trio of Douglas Costa (metatarsal), Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (knee) and Corentin Tolisso (thigh) this weekend.

Defender Niklas Süle is also a doubt with his own thigh issue.

Borussia Monchengladbach

As for the visitors, while many might feel that they have left it too late, Borussia Monchengladbach might still have their sights set on making a shock late charge for the European spots. With just three Bundesliga contests remaining this season, soon-to-be Borussia Dortmund boss Marco Rose saw his side put in a thumping display last time out. Left heartbroken by that action-packed 3-2 defeat at the hands of Hoffenheim last month, The Colts were last seen landing a thumping 5-0 romp against Arminia Bielefeld on home soil. Appearing to have finally managed to have put their nightmare run of form from earlier in the year behind them, Saturday’s guests have lost just one of their last six Bundesliga contests, including an eye-catching 4-0 victory against Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite making the trip to Munich this weekend as a landslide underdog with many across Europe, it should be noted that Gladbach did land themselves a stunning 3-2 victory when they faced off against the defending champions back in January.

Team News

Aside from defender Mamadou Doucouré who will once again miss out with an Achilles’ tendon injury, Borussia Monchengladbach have no other issues to worry about.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off back in January, Borussia Monchengladbach picked up a shock 3-2 win.
    • However, Bayern Munich are unbeaten in each of their last 25 straight Bundesliga home fixtures, a run that goes back to November 2019.
    • Last seen landing a 5-0 victory against Arminia Bielefeld, Gladbach have lost just one of their last six Bundesliga matchups.
    • Robert Lewandowski has 36 goals in 26 Bundesliga matchups so far this season.
    • Saturday’s guests have seen each of their last six Bundesliga matchups finish with over 2.5 goals.

    Conclusion

    While Bayern Munich might be within touching distance of their ninth straight Bundesliga title, they once again showed their inconsistencies last time out. Suffering that shock 2-1 defeat away at Mainz a fortnight ago, the soon-to-be champions will at least be glad to make a return to home soil on Saturday evening. However, while Gladbach might have found themselves in the midst of a real nightmare earlier in the season, they have bounced back in some style. Last seen putting five past Arminia Bielefeld on home soil, The Colts have gained a reputation for their high-scoring fixtures. Including that 4-0 romp against Eintracht Frankfurt last month, each of Gladbach’s last six Bundesliga matchups finish with over 2.5 goals. With Saturday’s guests landing that shock 3-2 win earlier in the season, don’t be surprised to see another thriller this weekend.

    Verdict: Both teams to score in first-half

    Best Odds: 12/5

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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