With the Bundesliga title in the bag and a Champions League semi-final coming up, everything is looking rosy for Bayern Munich this season. Borussia Monchengladbach meanwhile still have the chance to qualify for next season’s Europa League, and they’ll hope that Jupp Heynckes’ side take their eye off the ball on Saturday.
Where and when: Allianz Arena – 14 April, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Bayern vs. Gladbach: BT Sport, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Gladbach recorded a 2-1 victory over the champions when the teams met towards the end of November, with Thorgan Hazard and Matthias Ginter putting the hosts two up before Arturo Vidal pulled one back for Bayern 15 minutes from time.
Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach Predictions and Preview
There’s no doubt that Gladbach will take heart from their win over Bayern earlier in the season, but Bayern are a different proposition at the Allianz Arena where they’ve won 12 of their 14 Bundesliga games, drawing the other two.
Die Roten did look a little leggy in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Sevilla on Wednesday night, although they were no doubt cautious of an upset after Roma’s heroics against Barcelona the night before. A goalless draw was enough to see them through to their sixth semi in seven years, and they might take the opportunity to hand out the odd rest at the weekend.
Bayern still start as huge favourites in the betting though, priced at 7/20 for the win. At 9/1, the visitors could look a bit more attractive once the line-ups are announced. With the strong quartet of David Alaba, Kingsley Coman, Manuel Neuer and Vidal all recovering from injury, Heynckes could name a much-changed starting XI.
Gladbach meanwhile have Lars Stindl suspended, while Julio Villalba is out with a thigh injury. There are also question marks over Fabian Johnson, Raul Marcelo Bobadilla, Reece Oxford, Tobias Strobl and Vincenzo Grifo, although Mamadou Doucoure is back in training for Die Fohlen.
Dieter Hecking’s side have actually only lost two of their last seven games against the Bavarians, winning three of those. One of those victories came courtesy of a 2-0 success at the Allianz in March 2015, so there’s further encouragement for Gladbach there, along with the fact that Bayern’s attention is slowly turning towards the uncertainty that surrounds the club next season.
A draw would hardly be a bad result for the visitors, although with seventh-placed Hoffenheim playing at home against struggling Hamburg, it would seriously dent their European ambitions. The stalemate’s priced at 5/1, with a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline at the Allianz almost two years ago available at 11/1.
One to watch for Bayern: After Robert Lewandowski’s eye was badly bruised in midweek, Sandro Wagner could get a chance from the start. He’s 9/2 to score first, or 5/4 to bag in a home win.
One to watch for Gladbach: Raffael netted a brace when Gladbach beat Bayern at the Allianz a few years back, and he’s 13/1 to break the deadlock or 22/1 to score two or more once again.
Long shot: A repeat of that 2-0 Gladbach victory is priced at 66/1, while the odds increase to a massive 325/1 with Raffael as the first goalscorer.