Bayern Munich vs. Gladbach preview:
Can the visitors upset an in-form Bayern side?
By Ben Sully @SullyBen
Bayern Munich will look to maintain their 100% start to the Bundesliga season, when they face an unbeaten Borussia Mönchengladbach side on Saturday.
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Bayern will be looking to continue their impressive start to the season when they face Gladbach on Saturday.
After beating RB Leipzig 5-3 in the German Super Cup, Bayern began their league campaign with a comprehensive 6-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. They were unable to match their six-goal tally against Wolfsburg, but the Bavarians still managed to ease to a 2-0 victory over a side managed by their former head coach Niko Kovač.
They may have had to settle for two goals on matchday two, but they returned to their best goalscoring form last weekend, thrashing Bochum 7-0. Leroy Sané, Matthijs de Ligt, Kingsley Coman and Sadio Mané all found the net in the first half. Mané completed a brace in the second period, while a Cristian Gamboa own goal and a Serge Gnabry strike wrapped up a memorable victory.
Bayern may have made the best start in Bundesliga history, but they will be looking to end a three-game winless run in meetings with Gladbach on Saturday.
While they will be aiming to continue their fine goalscoring form, Bayern will also attempt to keep a third consecutive clean sheet as they look to maintain their place at the top of the Bundesliga.
Jamal Musiala missed last weekend's win over Bochum due to an injury issue, and although he could return to the squad on Saturday, Julian Nagelsmann does not expect the Germany international to start. Bayern are also set to be without the services of Leon Goretzka due to a knee injury.
Gladbach may face the daunting task of an away meeting against Bayern, but they will head into the contest in a confident mood after avoiding defeat in their opening four games in all competitions.
They thrashed Oberachern 9-1 in the DFB-Pokal, before they swept aside Hoffenheim via a 3-1 scoreline on the opening matchday of the Bundesliga season. Gladbach looked on course to begin the season with back-to-back league victories against Schalke, but Schalke's Marius Bülter scored from the spot in stoppage time, ensuring the contest finished 2-2.
However, they returned to winning ways last weekend, beating Hertha BSC 1-0 after Alassane Pléa dispatched his spot-kick in the first half.
With Daniel Farke yet to lose as Gladbach boss, they will travel to Munich looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season, while a win would help them leapfrog Bayern in the league table.
Gladbach are also aiming to extend their current unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to eight matches, while they have avoided defeat in their previous five away league games.
Farke has stated that Gladbach could be without the services of Ramy Bensebaini and Stefan Lainer for the meeting with the German champions.
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