Bundesliga: Bayern Face Former Nemesis As They Look To Get Back On Track
Few Bundesliga teams hold much fear for Bayern Munich these days, but if there is one side they have struggled against over the years, it is Borussia Moenchengladbach.
The Foals will be hoping to throw another spanner in Bayern’s works on Saturday when they visit the Allianz Arena with a chance to climb above the Bavarians in the table.
Bayern, chasing a seventh successive title, have slumped into a mini-crisis after failing to win their past three games – two in the Bundesliga and one in the Champions League.
Those slip-ups have allowed Borussia Dortmund to go top of the Bundesliga on 14 points, with Bayern and Hertha Berlin on 13 and Gladbach fourth on 11.
Bayern have not gone three league games without a win since the 2010/11 season under Louis van Gaal. But Gladbach have proved one of their most difficult opponents in recent seasons, reigniting a rivalry that was at its most feverish during the 1970s.
Back then, Bayern and Gladbach sharing Bundesliga glory for nine seasons, with five titles for Gladbach and four for Bayern.
But they have enjoyed very different fortunes since. While Bayern went on to dominate the Bundesliga, Gladbach have endured a barren run without a league title since 1977.
Gladbach still have their moments, such as last season’s meeting in November, when they handed Bayern their first defeat under Jupp Heynckes.
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Werder Bremen v Wolfsburg – Goal Goal (BTS)
Dortmund v Augsburg – 1
Dusseldorf v Schalke – X2
Hannover v Stuttgart – Over 1.5
Mainz v Hertha Berlin – Over 1.5
Bayern Munich v B.Monchengladbach – 1
Hoffenheim v E.Frankfurt – Goal Goal (BTS)
Rb Leipzig v Nunberg – 1