Monchengladbach v Bayern Munich: Situations that can turn the tables
Sportsbet.io highlights and discusses the crucial pointers that affect the Bundesliga showdown between Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich.
Monchengladbach reclaimed the top spot in the Bundesliga standings following a convincing 4-2 win over Freiburg and welcome reigning champions Bayern Munich to the Borussia-Park this week. The Foals lead the Bavarians on the points table for the first time since 1997, and are odds-on favourite to maintain their four-point advantage over the visitors.
Bayern Munich lost their first game under caretaker manager Hansi Flick over the weekend, and aim to bounce back with a positive result at Monchengladbach. The Bavarians enjoy a comfortable lead in the head-to-head record, but having registered just two wins at the Borussia-Park, Flick and his side aim for a change in fortunes on their latest visit.
Who can score first
The past five matchups at the Borussia-Park has seen both Monchengladbach and Bayern Munich open the scoring twice, while one encounter ended as a 0-0 stalemate. Upon closer inspection of the form guide, the Foals are well-placed to grab the first goal in the latest meeting.
While some rivalries are expected to be one-way traffic, the Monchengladbach - Bayern Munich rivalry is a different case altogether. Bayern, who have lost 20 times on visiting Borussia-Park, ran riot with a 5-1 win on the last visit and are tipped for a nerve-biting 2-1 victory this weekend. Gladbach, who have lost just once this term, will fancy an upset but the odds of a win against Bayern are relatively less than that of a defeat.
Highest scoring half
The first half at the Borussia-Park will showcase what the teams can offer, in terms of creativity in the engine room and goalscoring opportunities. The second half, meanwhile, will feature a high-octane finish to the tie, with both teams possibly netting in stoppage time.
A clean sheet won't be up for grabs in the Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich fixture this weekend, given the form of strikers Marcus Thuram (six goals and five assists) and Robert Lewandowski (16 goals and one assist).
Marcus Thuram has been the omnipotent attacker for Monchengladbach so far, contributing six goals and five assists in 13 leagues appearances. The Frenchman, the most profitable summer signing in Bundesliga 2019-20, has completed 74.4% successful passes from open play and tipped to wreak havoc on the Bayern defence.
Robert Lewandowski, the record foreign scorer in Bundesliga history and current leader on the scoring charts, is on a rare two-game drought in the league and is poised to resume his scoring duties against Monchengladbach. The Poland striker has four goals against the Foals and is the odds-on favourite to end up as the first goalscorer and top scorer in the fixture, this weekend.
Words: William Paul