Bayern Munich vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

Bayern Munich’s 7-0 demolition of Bochum last weekend made it nine points and a +14 goal-difference for the Bavarians after three games, a record for a Bundesliga team at this point of the season. Even this early in the campaign, there is frankly little evidence to suggest any side can stop Julian Nagelsmann’s men from romping towards an 11th consecutive Bundesliga title.
What Bayern’s most recent fixtures lack in competitiveness, they certainly make up for in goals and record-breaking statistics, with six of their last seven league games witnessing at least four goals and both teams scoring in five of those. The Bavarians have chalked up 15 league strikes already – the most ever after three Bundesliga games – so don’t expect Nagelsmann to tweak his attacking approach in search of a perhaps surprising third-successive Bundesliga clean sheet for the first time since May 2020.
Borussia Mönchengladbach saw out a tentative 1-0 win at home to Hertha Berlin last week, somewhat avenging the disappointment of their 93rd minute draw to Schalke in gameweek two, billing this as an early top versus second clash. Don’t let the odds deceive you in this game as if any team can be classed as Bayern’s bogey team, it’s the Foals! They pulled off a huge upset in this fixture last season when claiming a 2-1 comeback victory in January, perhaps providing boss Daniel Farke with a blueprint for victory before his first ever managerial battle against Bayern.
Whilst Gladbach only won four league games on the road last season (D5, L8), they are unbeaten in their last five away from home (W2, D3). They netted the opening goal in four of those fixtures, meaning there may be belief that they can extend their unbeaten run against Bayern to four (W2, D1), perhaps even pulling off the unthinkable and winning a third-straight H2H in all competitions for the first time ever.
Players to watch: Bayern forward Sadio Mané has scored three goals in his first three Bundesliga games – a feat last achieved by Mario Mandžukić ten years ago also for Bayern. For the opposition, nine of Jonas Hoffman’s 12 league goals for Gladbach last season came in winning causes.
Hot stat: Of Bayern’s 15 league goals scored, 11 have come in the first half – a new Bundesliga record after three gameweeks.

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