Bayern Munich can afford to drop points at this stage and still claim another title procession, but will have to work harder for the points against another decent side in Borussia Monchengladbach.
Date: Saturday, June 13
Venue: Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich’s charge for an eighth successive league title will come under stern scrutiny when they entertain Borussia Mönchengladbach in Munchen, with their visitors habouring their own ambitions, which is to keep hold of a Champions League spot at all cost.
The Bavarians geared up for this one with a 2-1 win over Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal in midweek, with Ivan Perisic and Robert Lewandowski scoring the goals to put them through to the showpiece of the cup competition.
The Polish who is unavailable for selection here due to suspension will be sorely missed by the hosts and it remains to be seen how Bayern fare in his absence alongside Thomas Muller too.
Mönchengladbach are sat in fourth with 56 points, same as Bayer Leverkusen just below as the battle for the final Champions League place reaches breaking point.
Last Friday saw them fall to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Freiburg to yet again throw open the battle and put them on hangover, though they will be confident of negotiating their way past a fairly easy closure to the season in Wolfsburg, Paderborn and Hertha Berlin.
As already said, record-chasing striker Robert Lewandowski is suspended after picking up
five yellows and Thomas Müller is also suspended for the same mishap.
Serge Gnabry missed the midweek cup game with a back twinge and Jérôme Boateng is struggling with a hip injury. Lucas Hernández has problems with his adductors.
Philippe Coutinho and Corentin Tolisso have both had ankle operations and are ruled out.
Mönchengladbach’s top scorer Alassane Pléa is suspended after his sending off in Freiburg. Tony Jantschke is available again after his suspension.
Breel Embolo and Tobias Strobl are both struggling with muscle injuries.
Denis Zakaria is ruled out
after undergoing surgery on his knee.
Head to Head
In 105 competitive meetings between the two sides, Bayern have accrued 50 wins to Mönchengladbach’s 25. 30 games have ended as draws.
Bayern Munich last five competitive games: WWWWW
Borussia Mönchengladbach last five competitive games: WLDWL
Bayern are bereft of Lewandowski and Muller for this one, two player who carry their biggest goal threat going forward, so it is fair to say they might not really fire on all cylinders here. It is not often a punter bets against the Bavarians, but that perharps should be the play for this game. Mönchengladbach have had a great season, no doubt and if there is anytime they can enjoy victory over their illustrious opponents, it is now. Back them to do so at an attractive 13/2.
Picking a correct score could be tricky but it could be worth it giving thoughts to a 2-1 (22/1) win in favour of Mönchengladbach. The Foals had already won this fixture this season, and will look to finish off their depleted hosts.