Borussia Monchengladbach were able to take a point off of the league leaders Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 19. Despite having less possession and shots, Gerardo Seoane had his team well-disciplined and set up to frustrate Xabi Alonso's team. Given Monchengladbach's recent history against Bayern Munich, one may expect them to be a bit more adventurous this week. Let's have a look at how Monchengladbach could line up as they visit Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Moritz Nicolas has been Monchengladbach's number one this season, so he is expected to start on Saturday. Monchengladbach's back three was rock solid against Leverkusen so I wouldn't expect to see many changes. American Joe Scally shifted central into the back three and performed very well as the right-sided center back. Centrally, Marvin Friedrich will start and Swiss international Nico Elvedi will complete the back three.
Franck Honorat shifted to a deeper wingback role on Saturday. With Monchengladbach struggling with injuries, he should start again on Saturday. Opposite Honorat, Luca Netz will get the start in the left-wingback role. Julian Weigl will serve his normal role as the defensive midfielder and protect the back three. Expect the young and talented Manu Kone to offer the box-to-box presence needed in the midfield and Florian Neuhaus to provide similar qualities on the other side.
German Robin Hack will start as one of the two center forwards and the American Union Berlin loanee Jordan Pefok will start ast he other.
Borussia Monchengladbach Predicted Starting XI (5-3-2)
Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Monchengladbach (Kane; Muller)
If Bayern Munich has a bogey team, it's Monchengladbach. No matter how well Bayern are playing, Monchengladbach still find a way to trouble Die Roten. I expect nothing less from Seoane's men as they visit the Allianz Arena on Saturday. They will ride the high of taking a point off Leverkusen and will make life difficult for Tuchel's men. Bayern will show the grit needed to take all three points with Harry Kane grabbing a goal and Thomas Muller scoring the winner.