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How will Bayern Munich line up against Borussia Monchengladbach?

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Injuries conspire to trip Bayern Munich up once again.

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Niko Kovac showing how many fit players Bayern have left.
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Bayern Munich have a slew of injuries as they head into a tough matchday 24 clash against Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Borussia Park. Standing just 3 points behind Dortmund in the table, Niko Kovac will have to find a way to squeeze a win out of this fixture.

Team News

This week’s news is a little bit confusing, so let’s recap it slowly. Players who are confirmed to be out:

  • Corentin Tolisso (knee)
  • David Alaba (tendonitis)
  • Leon Goretzka (ankle)
  • Franck Ribery (stomach infection)
  • Arjen Robben (thigh)
  • Kingsley Coman (hamstring)

With all those restrictions placed on Kovac, there’s very little he can do in regard to his starting lineup. Robert Lewandowski will likely start up top, flanked by Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller on the wings.

In midfield, you can expect to see an all-Spanish-speaking trio of James Rodriguez, Thiago Alcantara, and Javi Martinez. James hasn’t had the best of performances lately, but a game against Mönchengladbach would be the perfect place for him to turn things around. Renato Sanches might also be a dark horse candidate to break into the lineup, but it’s highly unlikely that he will displace any of the aforementioned three.

In defense, with David Alaba out injured, Rafinha will finally get his coveted spot on the starting lineup — just not in the position he usually plays. Both Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are present to pair up with Niklas Süle in defense, and both are decent form, so there shouldn’t be any issues with selection. At right back, Joshua Kimmich is most likely to start, but he needs to be careful. The German is just one more yellow card away from a league suspension.

Finally, Manuel Neuer has recovered from the flu and will be able to play against Gladbach. They’re his least favorite opponents, but let’s hope he bucks the trend.

Without further ado, here are our predicted lineups for the game:

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John Dillon