Bayern Munich will face the second best team in the Bundesliga heading into Matchday 9 when they visit Borussia Park. These are the two best defensive teams in the league. However, since it's Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach, history shows us that we could have a shootout on our hands.
Three points on the day will be important for Bayern as they can move a full six points clear at the top of the table at the end of the matchday. Pep Guardiola will need to have his team fully focused on the task at hand after Tuesday's crushing victory away to AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League. It's a busy period for FC Bayern as they face Hamburg on Wednesday and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Arjen Robben will not be joining the Bavarians in 'Gladbach as the Dutch winger has come down with some muscular issues that will keep him out of the match. The club, however, is calling the issue "minor" and expects Robben to be ready to go midweek. Just when it looks like Bayern are getting a player or two back (Franck Ribery looks to be on his way back.), another one goes down. Hopefully, we see Robben back sooner rather than later.
As for today's match, I believe that Bayern will win. Mia san mia.
Referee: Felix Zwayer
Location: Borussia Park, Mönchengladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Time: 5:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm ET
Television and Streaming:
USA: Gol TV
Canada: Gol TV
UK: BT Sport 1
Germany: Sky Bundesliga, Sky Go Deutschland
Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-4-2)
Raffael - Max Kruse
Patrick Herrmann - Christoph Kramer - Granit Xhaka - Andre Hahn
Oscar Wendt - Alvaro Dominguez - Martin Stranzl - Julian Korb
Substitutes: Christofer Heimeroth, Roel Brouwers, Fabian Johnson, Havard Nordtveit, Ibrahima Traore, Thorgan Hazard, Branimir Hrgota
Bayern Munich (3-4-3)
Mario Götze - Robert Lewandowski - Thomas Müller
Juan Bernat - Xabi Alonso - Philipp Lahm - Rafinha
David Alaba - Dante - Mehdi Benatia
Substitutes: Claudio Pizarro, Pierre Hojbjerg, Xherdan Shaqiri, Sebastian Rode, Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery, Leopold Zingerle