Preview - Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Bayern Munich 03 March 19

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Match Day 24
Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich
Sunday, March 3rd 2019
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)

Borussia Mönchengladbach: 
Last five matches form: W W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.83
Average goals against per match: 1.09
Top Scorer: Alassane Pléa (10)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W L W W W
Average goals per match: 2.22
Average goals against per match: 1.13
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (13)

Bayern Munich's charge towards retaining their Bundesliga title continues apace. Thy have been whittling into Dortmund's lead for a while now, this week they have the opportunity to move level on points with the league leaders - courtesy of Dortmund's surprise defeat at lowly Augsburg. They may not have it easy though as next up it's a trip to BORUSSIA-PARK to take on fourth placed Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Gladbach will have happy memories of the game between the sides earlier in the season as they stunned Bayern 3-0 at the Allianz. Gladbach also came out on top in this game when winning 2-1.

Ibrahima Traoré, Michaël Cuisance, Josip Drmic and Mamadou Dourcouré all miss out for the home side. Bayern will be without Corentin Tolisso, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry.

Gladbach have been enjoying a solid season, and Champion's League football would be an excellent result. They have hit the skidders just a little of late though having lost each of their two most recent games here by a 3-0 score-line. With the side having won each of their previous twelve at home in the league, those two results were all the more surprising.

Following a shoddy start, Bayern needed to pick up the pace considerably if they were to retain their title, and they have certainly done that. Nico Kovacs men head here having won 10 of their past eleven in the league. They have won nine of twelve in the road, scoring two or more in ten of those twelve games.

Bayern don't seem to need much additional motivation at present, but that prospect of joining Dortmund at the top should see them come out on top. They are playing much the better of these two at present in any case.

Prediction: Borussia Mönchengladbach 1 - 3 Bayern Munich


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 5
Shots:  11 - 19
Shots on target: 2 - 14
Corner Kicks: 1 - 9
Possession: 37% - 63%

Jonas Hoffman and Christoph Kramer were booked for the home side, with referee Felix Zwayer also taking the names of Jerome Boateng and Thiago of Bayern.

Handed the opportunity to move level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table, Bayern Munich didn't seem likely to pass it up, and certainly didn't as they blew the home side away.

Bayern took the lead just over a minute into the game. A James Rodriguez corner from the right-hand side finding Javi Martinez inside the six yard box to send a stooped header into the top right.

Ten minutes later it was two. Bayern attacking down the left and Serge Gnabry playing a wicked ball into the area from the corner of the eighteen-yard box. Thomas Muller's side-footed effort from six yards being parried by Yann Sommer, but only back into the path of Muller who fired home from point blank range.

The home side then gave themselves a lifeline after 37 minutes. Slick move through the left of midfield ending with Thorgan Hazard slipping in Lars Stindl in the left of the area. Stindl smashing in at the near post from eight yards out to the left of the area. 2-1 at the break.

Bayern scored again just two minutes into the second half. Nice work from Thiago down the centre to beat his man and play in Robert Lewandowski down the middle. Lovely control and turn from the Pole before finishing high into the net from ten yards.

The fourth arrived fifteen minutes from time. Joshua Kimmich sending a dangerous cross in from the right. Sommer saving Lewandowski's header and his follow-up but the ball then fell to Serge Gnabri to fire in from five yards out to the left.

The visitors fifth and final goal arrived in the first minute of stoppage time. Robert Lewandowski slotting home from the spot. 1-5 final score.

Having looked to face a monumentally tall order if they were to retain their crown, Bayern are now behind leaders Borussia Dortmund only on goal difference and looking big favourites to win it again now. Borussia Mönchengladbach drop down a spot to fourth, three points clear of Eintracht Frankfurt in fifth.

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