The German Bundesliga returns this weekend, featuring a hectic six-game programme on Saturday. The action begins at 14:30 when Bayer Leverkusen hosts Darmstadt 98 to get the day off to a flyer. Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg are also in action, but our team is most interested in the main attraction. Borussia Monchengladbach play champions Bayern Munich from 17:30 GMT, and we expect a thrilling 90 minutes. Which team will finish on top?
These teams enter on the back of differing results, with the home team winless in their two previous outings while the visitors carry a 100% record. Another victory for the reigning champions would keep them in control of the division, but it would be foolish to dismiss the hosts, who have been poor but are a determined opponent on their patch. Backed by a capacity crowd, Borussia Monchengladbach aims to score an early-season upset.
Monchengladbach without a win
Borussia Monchengladbach embark on game three of the new season still to get off the mark. The Bundesliga side have claimed just one of the first six points available, following an opening day draw with defeat last time. Their one-point tally places Borussia 12th in the division, already five points behind league leaders and opponents Bayern Munich. The hosts are behind but know a win thrusts them back into contention.
Borussia opened with a stunning 4-4 draw away to FC Augburg on week one, a game most pundits fancied them to win. They took the lead, but needed a 97th minute equaliser to get a point for their efforts to bring the curtain down on an eight-goal thriller. The home team followed that high-scoring draw with a 3-0 loss here to Bayer Leverkusen last time.Seven goals conceded in two games doesn’t impress fans.
Bayern brings a perfect record
Bayern Munich has dominated German football over the last decade and they are favourites to retain the Bundesliga crown this season. The champions have started in the manner you’d expect, winning their first two games to bag a total six points and move joint top of the division. After a fortnight, five teams boast 100% records, including Bayern Munich, Union Berlin and Bayer Leverkusen.
Munich began the defence of their title with an eye-catching 4-0 away win over Werder Bremen on matchday one. A stunning performance and one that set the pace for their second game when Bayern brushed past FC Augsburg, claiming a 3-1 home victory. Both games had four goals each and armchair fans planning to follow this game live on television are hoping for another goal-fest.
Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayern Munich prediction
Borussia Monchengladbach are no soft touch in this division and will improve when they find their feet. It has been a poor start for the locals, but they’re capable of better and will want to show it at home against the champions. With one point on the board, Borussia fans won’t cut their players any slack, demanding a winning performance on Saturday.
Bayern Munich are on the road but bring a perfect two-game record with them and the champions believe they’ll make it a treble. Bayern Munich must respect their opponent, but they are good enough to claim the win, heaping pressure on their opponents while strengthening their position at the top of the league.
22Bet’s new and existing customers can make predictions and bet on Saturday’s live game. The pre-match betting odds offer victory for Borussia Monchengladbach at 7.7 while an away win for Germany’s most successful club is 1.304. A competitive encounter is expected and the draw may appeal at 6.35.
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