Bayern Munich vs Borussia M’gladbach: Die Roten hope to make history

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Bayern Munich will be hoping to wrap up the Bundesliga title with a win over Borussia Moenchgladbach at the Allianz Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Victory for die Roten would also mean that Bayern Munich will become the first German side to ever win four consecutive Bundesliga titles in a row. Not a bad way for Pep Guardiola’s men to end the week and prepare for their crunch clash with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. This game, however, could potentially represent a banana skin for the Bavarian titans.

Despite their struggles, die Fohlen have frustrated Bayern Munich in the past. Earlier this season, Gladbach became the first side to beat Guardiola’s troops when they shocked them 3-1 in December. That also was their only Bundesliga loss in the first half of the season. In addition, Bayern are without a win in their last three meetings versus their upcoming opponents (two losses and one draw).

However, Andre Schubert’s side, who presently sit in fifth, have been very poor in their travels this season. No other side – save for Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg – have been worse performers on the road. Borussia Moenchengladbach have lost ten away fixtures already this season and have picked up a dismal one point away from home in 2016.

Unfortunately, they arrive in Munich with some defensive troubles. Alvaro Dominguez, Tony Jantschke, Martin Stranzl and Nico Schulz all miss out due to injuries, which will force Schubert to have to be a bit more creative with his back-line. However, the visitors are in a very unique position: should they beat Bayern Munich, they will become the only Bundesliga side to complete a “double” over die Roten this season.

Meanwhile, Jerome Boateng could feature in some capacity for Bayern, albeit not for the full 90 minutes. Both Holger Badstuber and Arjen Robben are still on the treatment table – likely for the rest of the season. Despite the tough European tie with Los Rojiblancos coming up, Guardiola will likely field his strongest starting XI for this game to wrap up the title race ahead of Tuesday’s must-win match.

Borussia Dortmund, of course, will be hoping for Gladbach to do them a huge favor as they aspire to drag on the title race for as long as possible. However, if one is a fan of die Schwarzgelben, they should not get their hopes up. Bayern Munich have won all ten of their league matches immediately after a Champions League tie this season, and Saturday’s game is not likely to be any different.

Earlier this week, Serie A fans saw Juventus make history as the first Italian side to win five straight Scudetti twice in history. Bundesliga supporters will likely have their chance this Saturday when Bayern Munich makes it a fourth consecutive league title – and even more fitting is that it will take place at the Allianz Arena for the first time.

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Michelle Bonsu

Freelance football journalist based in New York. Primarily support AC Milan as well as the Ghanaian and Italian NT’s, but you’ll find me watching the Bundesliga and Premier League as well–enjoy a good game, regardless of where it’s being played. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is one of my favourite players.