Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Prediction, Odds & Picks

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Prediction

  • Bayern Munich are once again the favorites to win the Bundesliga title
  • Borussia Monchengladbach are expected to challenge for the top four
  • Bayern will not yet be up to speed but should still collect all three points

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Borussia Monchengladbach +600
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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Pick

Both teams are under new management and neither will yet be operating at full capacity. Bayern should emerge victorious but will not have everything their own way at Borussia-Park. Back an away win with both teams to score at favorable odds of +138.

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Bayern Munich to Win and Both Teams to Score (+138)

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Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich Information
Teams Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich
Location Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach, Germany
Time Friday, 13 August 2021, 14.30 PM EDT
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New Dawn in Munich as Bayern Seek 10th Consecutive Title

Hansi Flick did a fine job during his 18 months at the helm of Bayern Munich. Replacing Niko Kovac in the dugout, initially on a temporary basis, Flick guided the club to an unforeseen treble in 2019/20, winning the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal. He could not quite repeat the feat last season, but Bayern still won the league title with a degree of comfort. Flick was popular with the players and had proved himself to be an astute leader as well as an intelligent tactician. Perhaps, then, it is a surprise that Flick is now the manager of Germany having agreed his exit from the Allianz Arena by mutual consent.

Flick’s credentials cannot be questioned, but a breakdown in relations between the manager and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic proved too difficult to overcome. Bayern have therefore turned to Julian Nagelsmann, who arrives in Munich with an impeccable resume. Still only 34 years old, Nagelsmann has long been the boy wonder of soccer management in Europe, having first taken the reins at Hoffenheim aged 28. He did a fine job there and also at RB Leipzig, with whom he spent two seasons prior to his latest promotion.

Nagelsmann will be expected to win the Champions League at least once before his contract expires in 2026, such is the pressure at the Allianz Arena. And a failure to win the Bundesliga title in his first full campaign will go down as a disappointment. Bayern have won each of the last nine league championships in Germany and have the strongest squad in the division. Nothing less than a first-place finish will do.


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Gladbach Targeting Top-Four Finish as Adi Hutter Takes Charge

The objectives over at Borussia-Park are not quite as lofty; Borussia Monchengladbach are five-time Bundesliga winners but a title triumph this term would be extraordinary. Instead, Gladbach look set to be involved in the race for the top four, which will be hotly contested given that Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig are widely expected to make up the top three once more.

Gladbach finished eighth last season, missing out on European soccer altogether. They were riding high in fifth in late January but then proceeded to fall away as the manager Marco Rose continued to be linked with the Borussia Dortmund job. His summer switch to Signal Iduna Park was confirmed in the middle of February, and Gladbach were unable to claw themselves back into the Champions League chase.

Adi Hutter has replaced Rose after a three-year stint as the head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt. It has been a quiet summer for Gladbach so far, although they could yet do some more business before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. Luca Netz has arrived from Hertha Berlin and Hannes Wolf has signed permanently after his loan from RB Leipzig last time out, but Hutter will be relying on many of the same players that were prominent under Rose.

Lars Stindl, Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram will be key figures in attack, while Christoph Kramer and Florian Neuhaus will provide quality in midfield. Denis Zakaria looks set to depart but his fellow Switzerland international, Yann Sommer, remains a reliable figure in goal.

Bayern Should Get Their Title Defense off to a Winning Start

As for Bayern, the long-serving duo of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng have departed, which means the champions will line up with a new-look defense this season. Dayot Upamecano has followed Nagelsmann from Leipzig and will probably partner Niklas Sule, who thrived under the new Bayern boss at Hoffenheim. A front four of Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and Robert Lewandowski will strike fear into the hearts of rival teams up and down the Bundesliga.

It is certainly hard to see how Gladbach will be able to keep that quartet quiet on Friday. Germany and Poland were knocked out of the European Championship relatively early, which means Bayern’s forwards will be fresher than they otherwise might have been. It will be interesting to see whether Nagelsmann has succeeded in getting his ideas across to his new team, or whether it will take a few more weeks before the side becomes identifiable as one that belongs to him.

Regardless, Bayern have the individual quality to pass their first test of the 2021/22 campaign even if they are not firing on all cylinders. That new-look defense of Sule and Upamecano might take a while to get completely up to speed, and Gladbach could therefore have some joy against it. The Bundesliga champions should nevertheless emerge victorious – back a Bayern win with both teams to score.

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