Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Rugby fanatic - but so much more
Bayern Munich could take a significant step towards claiming the Bundesliga title on Saturday evening when they welcome Borussia Monchengladbach to the Allianz Arena. Hansi Flick’s Bayern side need two wins to seal the title, and it would be hard to bet against them picking up one of them against a Foals side that is lacking in confidence and consistency since the league resumed in May. Read on to see where the betting value can be found in what could be a significant game for the Reds.
Bayern head into this game in a position of real strength when it comes to their Bundeslga title challenge. The Reds have 70 points now, seven clear of their nearest rivals, Borussia Dortmund. They will also face Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-final of the German Cup on Wednesday evening, which may drain something from the team’s collective tank. They will have to manage without two key players at the weekend, however. The Bundesliga’s leading scorer, Robert Lewnadowski, and Thomas Muller, the league’s top assist provider, are both suspended. Both are likely to play in the Cup on Wednesday evening, though.
Marco Rose’s Prussians have been in mixed form since the resumption of the Bundesliga in May. Last weekend, they were beaten 1-0 at Freiburg, a result which followed on from a 4-1 home win over Union Berlin. They have also drawn 0-0 at Werder Bremen and lost 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen, so their recent form has been very up and down. Now in fourth place in the table with 56 points, they are clinging onto Champions League qualification by goal difference alone. With Levekusen in fifth, the nerves must be building among Rose’s squad, and he will be hoping for a determined performance on Saturday.
Bayern go into this match with real momentum behind them after winning all five of their matches since the Bundesliga resumed. Yet their recent record against the Foals suggest that Bayern will not find this game easy. Out of the last five matches between the sides, it’s the Prussians who have come out on top. Earlier this season, Gladbach came from a goal down in the reverse fixture to win 2-1. After Ivan Perisic put Bayern into the lead four minutes after the interval, Ramy Bensebaini bagged a brace of goals to give the Foals all three points. His second was an injury time penalty, so Galdbach left it late. If you think that Bensebaini can score this weekend, then he is priced at 13/2 to score at any time at Betway.
Gladbach also beat the Bavarians in 2018, winning 3-0 at the Allianz Arena, and in 2017, when they won 2-1 at home. That record indicates that the Foals can cause problems for the Reds when they are in the mood. But punters should not get carried away backing Gladbach. In the two defeats they have suffered at the hands of the Reds in the last five games, Borussia have been heavily beaten. They lost 5-1 at home in March 2019, and by the same scoreline at the Allianz in April 2018.
One thing that punters can reasonably expect to occur on Saturday is that plenty of goals will be scored. These two sides have scored 147 goals in the Bundesliga between them in 2019/20. Bayern have scored 90 in 30 Bundesliga matches this season, though on Saturday they will be without talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski. That means that Serge Gnabry will be leading the line, accompanied by Kingsley Coman. Gnabry has 12 goals to his credit this season, while Coman has three.
If you think that there will be plenty of goals in this weekend’s clash, then Betway are offering 15/4 on there being more than 5.5 goals. That might be a bit of a risky bet, but this fixture does tend to be high-scoring, and both of these sides are strong in attack.
Our recommended tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 7/5 on Bayern to win and both teams to score. This game always contains plenty of goals, and we suspect that the Reds will edge a high-scoring game, possibly winning 3-2. Bayern will want to get the title wrapped up as quickly as possible, and they have looked very hard to beat in recent weeks. Gladbach are no mugs in front of goal, but their form has been patchy recently, and we think Bayern will get the better of them at the weekend.