Bayern Munich will attempt to claim a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions when they face Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
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Gladbach will still be reeling from last weekend's demoralising 4-1 defeat to a Hertha BSC side who had lost their previous four matches. Daniel Farke's side took the lead through Nicol Elvedi before Jessic Ngankam restored parity on the half hour mark. It proved to be a disastrous second half for Gladbach as Hertha moved in front through Márton Dárdai in the 52nd minute before Derry Scherhant and Dodi Lukebakio both found the net in stoppage time to compound Gladbach's miserable afternoon.
Daniel Farke's side, who are currently sat in 10th place in the Bundesliga table, have now won only one of their five games in 2023. They are also failed to win either of their two home games this calendar year after losing 3-2 to Bayer Leverkusen and playing out a goalless draw with Schalke 04.
Gladbach will at least draw inspiration from their recent head-to-head record against the German champions. They are unbeaten in their last four meetings in all competitions with Bayern, while they have won three of their previous four competitive home games against the Bavarians.
Farke has revealed that Julian Weigl and Luca Netz are doubts due to illness and injury respectively. In his pre-match press conference, Farke also stated that Joe Scally and Marcus Thuram have been unable to train this week, and the pair will have to be assessed ahead of Saturday's game.
Bayern will be in a buoyant mood after they returned from their midweek trip to the French capital with a 1-0 advantage in their Champions last-16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain. Kingsley Coman scored against his former club to seal Bayern's fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.
Julian Nagelsmann's side will now turn their attention back to league matters. They head into the weekend with a one-point lead over Union Berlin and a three-point buffer to third-place Borussia Dortmund.
Although Bayern have been frustrated with a number of draws this season, they have only lost once this season. Since being beaten by Augsburg, they have embarked on a 20-game unbeaten across all competitions.
They have also won nine of their last 10 competitive away games. Across those nine away victories, Bayern have kept five clean sheets and scored 28 goals. With the Bavarians set to face title rivals Union next weekend, they will want to make sure that they head into that contest in top spot.
Nagelsmann has stated that Tuesday's match-winner, Coman, is a doubt after picking up a knock in the midweek encounter. After missing Dayot Upamecano and Joshua Kimmich sat out team training on Thursday, but they are expected to be fit for Saturday's encounter. Although Sadio Mané and Noussair Mazraoui remain unavailable, the pair are set to return to full training next week.
Bayern are still unable to call upon long-term absentees Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernandez. Yann Sommer, meanwhile, will start in goal against the club he left in January after making 335 appearances for Gladbach.